September 10, 2008

Exhibit B: Another part of The Future

Okay, the last post looked funny 'cause I called it "The Future", but it featured a photo gallery from the past. I was referring to the fact that Racer X Online has completely revamped their site and now include easily linkable galleries featuring captions... something GuyB at VitalMX has been doing for a while now, I should add. But I think it's great that Racer X is stepping up it's online game even more, and they are the undisputed leader of online videos and race coverage in the U.S.

Anyway... in this post, The Future I am referring to involves a young man from the crazy state of Virginia (I can say that 'cause I know the place), Zach Osborne, who has landed a factory Yamaha ride to contest the World Championship in the 250 class, or what they like to call MX2. In this story from Cycle News Online, Osborne is joining the British Utag team. Um, okay, guess I'll have to find out what the heck Utag is; unfortunately Cycle News didn't say. News, ladies and gentlemen, it's in the name.

ANYWAY, big huge props to Zach Osborne for landing a dream ride at the young age of 18, and for having the guts to take a different path by seeking the World Championship instead of the U.S. title. I wish him the best and look forward to following his progress in 2009.


Sparks said...

UTAG is a UK invention developed by an ex-SAS (Speacial Forces) soldier. Basically, UTAG is a digital medical alert available on two platforms - dog tags or Ice card (credit card size). The bespoke software is encrypted on a USB drive contained within each product. The idea is that each user can insert all of the necessary personal medical information that they want; doctor contact, next of kin contact, photo id, blood group, donor status, personal medical history, allergies etc. There is a unique 7-language translation function that basically means it can be read by almost any doctor in the world!

UTAG has the 'Snake & Staff' symbol that is universally recognised by emergency personnel as a medical device. In the event of an accident, the UTAG is given to hospital or police staff, inserted into a pc and all the patients medical details and contact details are available in an instant. This massively cuts down treatment or identification times saving lives in many instances.

The US Navy Seals have recently started to use the dog tag version, and there are a number of top road racers (including Chris Vermeulen) who wear UTAG while racing.

A brilliantly simple idea that I just wsh I'd have thought of first! Check out for more details...

Paul said...

Ya, I put the link in the story, but thanks for the summary sparks. Do you work for them?