Originally Posted by Voltron
Question. Does any know why the start beeper is not used in SL? I never really thought about it, but I've recently been informed that the countdown signal is actually specified by FIS for speed and GS, but not SL. Just a random curiosity...
In SL, there is no 'fixed interval' between racers. The primary reason is the unpredictabilty of course maintenance for SL (broken gates, gate removal, loose gates, leaning gates, etc) - Sometimes you can send racers pretty quickly, other times it slows to a crawl. Hence, the ICR states there are no intervals for SL. The start cadence in SL reflects this too with a "Ready...Go!" as compared to the "5,4,3,2,1,GO!" for all other events
With a jury determined fixed interval, the 'start clock' is synched. No interval? No clock.