Last Call for Asian Continental Qualifier Event For 2021 World Rowing Virtual Indoor Championships (Admission Deadline: January 14)

The 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships (WRICH), presented by Concept2, is to be held virtually. The 2021 WRICH Qualification will include two pathways for competitors to earn a place in the WRICH Finals: an Open Qualification pathway and a Continental Qualification pathway.

The Asian Continental Qualifier for 2021 WRICH will also be held virtually, and take place on Sunday, 24 January 2021. Entries are open until Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 23:59:59 HKT (UTC+8).

If you are interested in it, please find the official website as follows: http://www.rowing.org.hk/competition/2021acq/

Sharing from British Rowing: ROW31

We’re kicking off the year with ROW31 – 31 days packed with our favourite indoor rowing content and workouts! Whether you simply want to get a bit more active, get the most out of your rowing machine or join a supportive community of like-minded people, we’ve got you covered.

ROW31 is centred around an interactive, global community for people of all abilities, is completely free to join and takes just 30 seconds to sign up – so look no further for your January rowing motivation!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE ROW31 CREW!

Every morning in January you’ll receive a video of the session for that day – which could be anything from an on-machine workout to one of British Rowing’s Workout Wednesday bodyweight sessions, or rest day inspiration like healthy recipe ideas and stretching and mobility routines.

What’s more, once you sign up you’ll be emailed a link to join British Rowing’s ROW31 Crew Facebook group – the perfect place to share how you’re getting on, talk through the day’s session, ask questions and get motivated by people just like you across the world.

If you needed any more reasons to get involved, halfway through the month you’ll also get an exclusive INDOOR membership offer – which comes packed full of training plans, expert insight and advice to help keep up the momentum from a healthy, active January!

Information Sourced from British Rowing Website: https://www.britishrowing.org/indoor-rowing/row31/?utm_source=GRI&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GRI-30122020&utm_content=article-1

Concept2 Holiday Challenge 2020 (November 26–December 24)

The Holiday Challenge 2020 is an event for participants to row, ski or ride 100k or 200k meters between American Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and help raise money for one of four great charities.

The Details

  • Row, ski and/or ride 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters from November 26 to 11:59 p.m. December 24.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg and BikeErg meters only (no on water/on snow meters please). You can combine meters from each machine to reach the challenge goal. Note: BikeErg meters are counted as half when applied to the challenge.
  • Support great causes with your meters! Read about this year’s charities below.
  • This is an individual challenge. Teams are not used for this challenge.
  • The Kids’ Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 meters.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
  • Deadline for entering meters: 11:59 pm GMT (6:59 pm ET), January 4th.

If you are interested in it, please find the Holiday Challenge 2020 official website as follows:

https://log.concept2.com/challenges/holiday

Concept2 Fall Team Challenge (September 15–October 15)

The Fall Team Challenge (FTC), runs every year from September 15–October 15. The Fall Team Challenge is a challenge where team members each individually try to reach either 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters between September 15 and October 15. Meters may be accumulated on a RowErg, SkiErg, BikeErg or a combination of the three. There are free certificates of completion and prizes for purchase (available from our third party vendor). To either start or join a team, visit the Teams page of your logbook. If you’re a member of a team, make sure you confirm your participation in the challenge.

If you are interested in it, please find the FTC Standings from their official website as follows:

https://log.concept2.com/challenges/ftc/2021/teams

Australian Indoor Rowing Championships – Training Programs (Registration for event closes on Sun 25 Oct 2020)

Rowing Australia and its Member Associations have collaboratively developed and adopted a Whole of Sport plan that provides the strategic direction for the entire rowing community. 

Now, they have launched 12-week Australian Indoor Rowing Championships – Training Programs. The programs have been designed for different levels of applicants (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced).

If you are interested in it, please find more details from their official website as follows:

https://rowingaustralia.com.au/about-events/airc-training-programs/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=3adec67e0ed806fcbcb7ca406d5b5a79771a9a51-1598501429-0-AdiZxio9g8uftbSNXCqUEzIzfr1hzh9-ucdu2K_mhDAewzONACFLOFway9HF-Hgck0szku0OWlPVBecVD8LGuEJY3T4Etzw3fwczYzGAe1azYwsyEQe2aoQijglhCfTKjRbISOWKbkwZJMEjsMY665M0VF7l16XRBZYDJIl9u6bgZn0DAsM99CZA9xf0yJtWuCfRcYPNJusDeQR4RZ4bP52zjm1H-Lx2b31hZ918uAQvKZT8gRVh1oN_o8_r461RvLMpNAhBzvbeDNslwPi4rP_CgWAZa3dGBjEV04_1vXvY47SmeSOpWZk0ysYbSqLXoRe_S0WN9vvQQm-w6avAaSdjgF5czSZ_rKZ0wRfVrBIYkkawCCYW__JtB2UE9o5Yqg

Sharing from World Rowing: The Head-spinning Statistics of Indoor Rowing During Lockdown

While many parts of the world were in lockdown, a staggering 131 World Records were broken on a Concept2 indoor machine.

Staying at home is a challenge for all of us. When you are an elite athlete used to daily training sessions with your team, isolation brings particular challenges. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early stages of March, rowers took it to the indoor machine and broke records like never before. In just 75 days these 131 new records were broken.

While some rowers just wanted to ‘get some kilometers up’ during isolation training, most of them were aware of the world records that may have been in their grasp. Most notably, young American rower Isaiah Harrison, 16, now owns all 13 indoor rowing World Records for his age group – from 500m to the marathon – most of them were broken during the lockdown.

In Australia, Georgina Rowe broke a couple records… accidentally, proving, she said, that quarantine life can be athletically productive. Rowe was taking part in an Australian indoor rowing competition with athletes from each state competing against each other on home rowing machines.

“I just wanted to get some kilometers up for my State in the interstate indoor regatta,” Rowe said.

Fellow countryman Erik Horrie proved that para-rowers could also smash records. He now owns the best time in the 1 minute, 100m, 500m, 6’000m and the Marathon. In total, Australian indoor rowers broke 36 World Records, followed by the USA (26) and Italy (12).

During lockdown, all top athletes trained hard on the erg. Big names like Emma Twigg, Hamish Bond, Olli Zeidler, Martino Goretti or Jackie Kiddle are now indoor World Record holders (see list attached).

And there may be more to come.

Information Sourced from World Rowing Website: http://www.worldrowing.com/news/the-head-spinning-statistics-indoor-rowing-during-lockdown

ELECTRONIC ROWING GAMES (13th – 21st June 2020)

Covid-19 has affected us all. Never before has the world been through such an uncertain time.

If you have a Concept2 rowing machine, a cable, and a good internet connection, you can join different virtual rowing games. One of the coming virtual competition is “The Electronic Rowing Games”.

The Electronic Rowing Games will take place on the weekends of the 13th and 20th of June. There are 5 categories: Senior, Adult, Student, Junior, and Para. (5 for men, 5 for women)

For the event details, please refer to their official website as follows:

www.electronicrowinggames.com

 

2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships goes virtual

The 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships (WRICH), presented by Concept2, the pinnacle event for indoor rowers will be staged as a live virtual competition. The finals of this event will be scheduled to take place on the weekend of 27-28 February 2021.

While further details are to be determined, FISA’s intention is to organise a WRICH with multiple rounds of competition. The first round would be open to any competitor with access to a Concept2 machine (‘static Concept2 Model C, D or E with a PM3, PM4 or PM5). The final round of the Championships is intended to be a virtual live race.

This platform will also allow World Rowing to promote indoor rowing beyond elite-level competition. Certain details, including those around rules, race categories, qualification processes and timelines are still under examination and will be announced as they become finalised.

 

Information Sourced from World Rowing Website: http://www.worldrowing.com/news/media-release-2021-world-rowing-indoor-championships-goes-virtual

Sharing from World Rowing: Surpassing One Billion Metres. The Lockdown Lowdown on Indoor Rowing.

The 2020 World Erg Challenge saw the 1 billion metre threshold surpassed as rowers around the world locked down and erged.

In its fifth year, the World Erg Challenge registered a record number of participants: 8843. These rowing enthusiasts completed a total of 1,249,511,544 metres between March 15 and April 15, 2020. To put it in perspective, each competitor averaged 141,299 metres over the 30-day period- that’s almost 5000m per day, every day.

This year’s challenge may have had a different spin. As so many people around the world are under lockdown orders, professional and amateur athletes alike have been seeking fitness solutions. For those lucky enough to have fitness equipment at home, this challenge came at the perfect time to stimulate the virtual competition.

The winning team was a virtual group called YAMSQUAD. Their slogan is, ‘a community of like-minded people supporting each other to their goals, whether big or small, through positivity!’. The team amassed an impressive 59 million metres with their 408 members. The members joined the group from all over the world, including Ukraine, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Poland, USA and more.

Finishing in second place was an on-water team, Greenwich Crew. Based in Connecticut, USA, the team has 264 members and rowed 44 million metres. This pushed the three-time winning team French Indoor Rowers Team into third, with 32 million metres.

The top team by average metres per participant was a clear winner: Chp. 22 DAV Crew. This team, with only two members, averaged 2.5 million metres per member. This is largely due to the continued impressive performance by Don Altrichter. Altrichter spends almost nine hours per day on the rowing machine. Read our interview with him here. The Chp. 22 DAV Crew finish dwarfed the next-best, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office with 733,652 metres per person.

Finishing in second position in the individual metres tallied, behind Altrichter, was Carl Haske with just over 2 million metres. And the first female was Sharona A. with over 1.5 million metres, rowing for The Diamonds virtual team.

The World Erg Challenge gives teams from across the world the opportunity to compete, not for time or split, but rather for total amount of metres logged. Both Concept2 Ski Erg and Concept2 Bike metres were also counted. However, bike metres were counted as half when applied to the challenge.

The 2021 World Erg Challenge will take place from 15 March to 15 April 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

For the full results, here.
For more information about the World Erg Challenge, here.

 

Sourced from World Rowing Website: http://www.worldrowing.com/news/surpassing-one-billion-metres-the-lockdown-lowdown-indoor-rowing