🚣♀️🚣♂️ A cast of thousands are set for the biggest indoor rowing event of the year. The Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships 2019 return to the Lee Valley VeloPark in the Olympic Park and spectator tickets are on sale.
A motivating backdrop of bright lights, big beats and a roaring crowd is sure to inspire the thousands of competitors racing over 500m or 2000m in the individual events, or taking part in the fast and furious 4000m team relay.
160 Concept2 indoor rowing machines will be lined up and ready for action at the centre of the iconic, award-winning velodrome. In 2018 some 1800 rowers took to the race floor, from first-time racers through to GB rowing stars and Olympic champions, and this year’s British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) are set to be event bigger and better.
This year’s event has an updated approach to BRIC’s adaptive indoor rowing events, with the introduction of both four and one minute events for each adaptive category. BRIC 2019 also brings the addition of IR1 and IR3 (Invictus Rowing) categories, creating a more inclusive event for Invictus indoor rowers.
2018 Invictus Team UK Captain, Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins, said: “Competing at BRIC on my return from the Invictus Games in Sydney last year was perfect timing, enabling me to continue rowing competitively and to showcase this amazing sport to friends and family at home. Reflecting Invictus categories and race formats at BRIC this year will make it an even more open and welcoming event for adaptive competitors. The unique categorisation used in Invictus is so inclusive and the race format means that we all start and finish at the same time, so can all celebrate together at the end of each race.”
Ahead of this unique one-day festival of indoor rowing, Graham Benton – 12-time British Rowing Indoor Champion – commented: “Every year, the Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships has an incredible atmosphere and really gives the competitors a chance to feed off the spectators’ energy. It’s the highlight of the indoor rowing calendar for me and something which I look forward to every year, particularly in such a special venue. There’s nothing better than competing at your national championships, doing your best and hopefully coming away with a PB or even a medal!”
Last year’s event was a sell-out for participants and spectators alike, so don’t delay if you want to watch the best of GB indoor rowing in the superb setting of the Lee Valley VeloPark which is typically home to the stars of world track cycling.
👀 Ones to watch: Members of the GB Para Squad will be in action at 1.40pm including Benjamin Pritchard: World Champs bronze medallist 2019 ~ Laurence Whiteley: World Champion 2019 (in PR2x), 2016 Paralympic gold medallist ~ Lauren Rowles: World Champion 2019 (in PR2x, alongside Laurence, above), 2016 Paralympic gold medallist ~ Oliver Stanhope: World Champion 2019 in PR mix4+, world record holder ~ Giedre Rakauskaite: World Champion 2019 in PR mix4+, world record holder ~ Grace Clough: 2016 paralympic gold medallist
🎟️ Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the door subject to availability. A spectator sell-out is expected so checking the British Rowing Twitter feed before travelling is highly recommended.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Travelling by public transport is recommended. The nearest stations/tube are Stratford, Stratford International and Leyton. Lee Valley VeloPark is a circa 15 minute walk from all three stations. For more information on public transport options visit the Transport For London website. No spectator parking is available at the venue, however there are car parks nearby in Stratford International Station and Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford.