Join the SkiErg World Sprints! You can do this 1000m race solo on your home SkiErg, with your friends, at your club or at an in-person event near you. Wherever you do it, it makes a great training goal, a good chance to discover your personal best, and a chance to see where you stand up against others around the world! Continue Reading ›
It’s exciting to see on-water racing return for the 2021 Head Of The Charles® Regatta after the cancellation of so many regattas in light of COVID-19. The Concept2 Regatta Service Trailer will again be on-site to assist competitors with their oar needs. However, things will look a little different than in normal years and our focus for 2021 is oar repairs and rentals. Continue Reading ›
We launched our first Juneteenth Challenge in 2020. This year, over 5500 athletes joined us completing 1900 meters (or more) on June 19. Juneteenth commemorates a day of freedom and emancipation. Hosting this challenge is one small way that Concept2 looks to make an impact on social inequities. Continue Reading ›
The Paralympic Regatta concluded with exciting racing on the Sea Forest Waterway. Our team was on site to help with competitors’ needs.
The Regatta included four boat classes in three athlete classifications: PR1 Men’s Single Sculls, PR1 Women’s Single Sculls, PR2 Mixed Double Sculls and PR3 Mixed Four with Coxswain. Racing in Tokyo will be remembered historically as the first Paralympics where athletes competed over 2000 meters. (The previous distance was 1000 meters.) Continue Reading ›
In September 2019, Pete Reed had just retired from full-time rowing to return to the Royal Navy. One of Great Britain’s most decorated Olympians, he won gold in three consecutive Olympics and was famous in testing for having the world’s largest recorded lung capacity.
During naval training, Reed started to feel ill and went to the hospital where he suffered a stroke in the middle of his spine. The condition is extremely rare and doctors are unsure what caused it. It left Reed paralyzed from the chest down. The Olympian was determined to make the best possible recovery.
The first step was to enter rehab, where Reed started to gain back his strength. One of the tools in his pocket?: the SkiErg. “Getting settled into rehab, I knew that I wanted to try the SkiErg,” Reed says. “There were a few reasons. I knew the movement pattern, I knew that I could do it. It's important to me that it's very accessible, so it's easy to just roll up to it, in my wheelchair and then just grab the handles and off I go.” It is hard to take the athlete out of someone like Reed, and accordingly, he made himself a plan. He started in small increments.
Concept2 was honored to have staff on the ground at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta. Oar technicians Matthias Zink from our German office and Bob Beeman from our US headquarters were there to assist with competitors' needs, whether for a last-minute tune up on equipment or for unexpected problems, like damage from travel or a collision on the course. Bob Beeman is familiar face to many of the athletes, as he's been supporting athletes at regattas all over the world for many years. Here he shares a little behind-the-scenes scoop! Continue Reading ›