Biggest ever British Rowing Indoor Championships pulls into the Lee Valley VeloPark next weekend

Entries have now closed and this year’s British Rowing Indoor Championships will be the biggest ever with over 1,500 competitors taking part.

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Medalists at BRIC15 (credit: Naomi Baker)

British Rowing’s Indoor Championships (BRIC), sponsored by Visit Sarasota County, returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark on Saturday, 10 December, bringing together some of the best elite and recreational rowers in the country for a day of great racing.

A number of our successful Olympians will be at the iconic velodrome in Stratford to impress the coaches as they begin training for Tokyo 2020, including Rio 2016 gold medallists Matt Gotrel, Will Satch and Mohamed Sbihi, as well as Karen Bennett, silver medallist in the women’s eight, plus many more Olympic, World and European medallists.

Our Olympic rowers will also be there to meet spectators and competitors, to talk about their experiences in Rio and for those all-important medal selfies.

Competitors at BRIC15 (credit: Simon Way)
GB rowers at BRIC15 (credit: Simon Way)

Club rowers will also descend on East London to test themselves against the clock and each other in a 500m, 2km or 4km relay.

It’s not just on the rowing machines where the action will take place, with plenty on offer for spectators in the venue.

DJ trio the Futuristic Polar Bears will be playing an exclusive live set at the event as they hope their music will help to inspire those racing to achieve a personal best at BRIC. Internationally renowned producers and musicians, Luke Hayes, Rhys Buckley and Fran Cosgrave, have played Tomorrowland Brazil, Creamfields, Amnesia Ibiza, and at gigs across Asia, India, Russia, Europe and the USA. They have collaborated with DJs such as Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1) and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and their latest track ‘Café del Mar 2016’ has over 2,7 million Spotify plays. In addition to the Futuristic Polar Bears there will also be a Red Bull DJ down at BRIC to keep the tunes flowing throughout the day.

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Red Bull at BRIC15 (credit: Naomi Baker)

Around the velodrome’s concourse, competitors and spectators will be able to visit our partner stands, including Cancer Research UK, LiveRowing, and Visit Sarasota County, who host the 2017 World Rowing Championships at the Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota-Bradenton. There will also be plenty of food and drink on offer as well to keep you fuelled over the course of this action packed day.

The huge interactive video screens on the track centre will bring the racing to life, making BRIC a fantastic spectator experience for only £6 for adults in advance or £10 on the door, and free for under 16s. Visit indoorchamps.britishrowing.org for more information and to book your place in the velodrome. Tickets are limited so buying spectator tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

The racing takes place between 9am and 5pm on Saturday, 10 December, with GB rowers taking on the indoor rowing machine between 1pm and 2pm and at 4pm.

Athlete meet and greets will be taking place between 1pm and 4pm, subject to race schedules.

The Futuristic Polar Bears are expected to play between 1pm and 2pm and 3:45pm and 5pm. Please note, all timings are subject to change.

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