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The Rowers Conference

Rowing & Tech

“That was my 10/10 moment.” Those were the words of Mark Fangen-Hall, Eton’s new Director of Rowing. We spoke after Dr. Gunnar Treff’s remarkable presentation: ‘Is 5:50 really 5:50?’. It revealed the ongoing research he was doing to test both the accuracy and reliability of the scores registered on the Concept2 rowing ergometer. The German team’s exercise physiologist showed a packed room data that revealed the score shown on a Concept2 performance monitor for the first three strokes of an erg test, concluding it “doesn’t have a lot to do with reality.” His advice was to be wary of using short, power-based tests, of around 20 seconds.

You could almost hear the minds of rowing coaches churning as they tried to digest the findings of Treff’s initial research – made possible with the cooperation of both the German international squads and an extraordinary ‘mechanical rower’ built by the University of Ulm. “So how reliable were the scores that my squad posted for their 250m tests last week?” – was just one question circulating the room as Treff paused for breath…

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Welcome to Row360, the world’s only global, independent rowing magazine. Row360 brings you features from around the world, profiling the best athletes, coaches, and others from the whole rowing community – Olympic, adaptive, college, club, ocean, and more.