Record-breaking BRIC18 set to hit Lee Valley VeloPark

Over 1,800 competitors will descend on the iconic London 2012 velodrome to take part in the biggest ever Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships


London’s Lee Valley VeloPark is set to host the biggest and best Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) in history on Saturday, with all competitor and spectator tickets sold out.

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The event will see over 1,800 competitors take to the 160 Concept2 machines on the race floor inside the iconic London 2012 velodrome, with 82 races scheduled for the action-packed day.

Once again, the event gives all indoor rowers the chance to compete against members of the GB Rowing Team including World and Olympic medallists, such as Moe Sbihi, Karen Bennett, Ellie Piggott and two-time BRIC champion Adam Neill, who will be looking to defend his title and support his dad who is also taking on a 2,000m.

Speaking to British Rowing Neill said “I am really looking forward to racing at BRIC 2018, I think the competition will be fierce this year. It’s been great the past few years to be able to compete in front of a home crowd, something we don’t get to do that often.

“There are lots of strong guys in the GB team and with Olympic qualification at stake next summer everything is hotting up amongst the team. I can’t wait to get stuck in on Saturday!

“My Dad mentioned last year after watching me race that he would do it this year. Twelve months later he has stuck to his word and is giving it a go. I have helped him with some training the last few weeks and I know he is looking forward to racing!”

Off the back of gold medal wins at the World Rowing Championships earlier this year Para-rowers Ollie Stanhope and Ellen Buttrick will be taking on the 2,000m test on Saturday.

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 TeamUK captain Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins, along with fellow Invictus rowers Dave Watson, Rachel Williamson, Kelly Ganfield, will also be taking to the race floor in their first race since the Games.

The event has attracted competitors of all ages – the youngest being 11, the oldest an incredible 87 years old – with world and British indoor rowing records, as well as hundreds of personal bests, likely to be broken on the day.

Last year 88 Row for Ru rowers took on the 4,000m team relay to raise money for the Bloodwise charity; this year they’re returning to the VeloPark to celebrate one year of Ru being treatment free and back at school.

Cheering on those competing on the race floor will be over 1,500 spectators in the stands, who will be able to watch all the action on two giant screens behind the rowers.

You can follow all of the action on British Rowing’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook throughout the day. Race results will be available on the British Rowing website after each race.