Speedcoach Summer Regatta Series

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A brand new rowing competition just being launched. Be the first to hear about it from Alix James, President and CEO of Nielsen Kellerman.

1:00 Background in sport – NK founded by Alix’s stepfather.
03:30 NK was the first company to do rowing electronics as a business. Friends with Ted Nash whose crew used a home made amplifier system. Paul Nielsen fixed it – but suggested he could make a better amplifier. Later added stroke rate and timing.
04:50 British founder chose the “Cox Box: name which is tongue in cheek from Alix’s father who was also a Gilbert and Sullivan fan.
Concept 2 had made the rowing machine but hadn’t worked out how to output wattage onto a screen.
06:00 The 500meter split was invented in 1981-82when Dick, Peter and Paul went for a run and were looking for a way to make the rowing machine output meaningful for rowers. It is aligned to the wattage / speed translation for a heavyweight mens 4- boat speed.
08:30 Many rowing companies date from late 70s – 80s, it’s not a coincidence that Title IX exploded the women’s rowing programs.
10:30 The Summer Regatta Series. Use The Link Log Book and livestream data to enable anyone to watch worldwide.
14:00 The incremental approach to building the functionality – you need a Speedcoach GPS and Training Pack. The first race is 2,100 meters – modelled on Henley Royal Regatta. Use the Compete tab on the website to find the details.
22:00 There is a goal to add local rowing courses into future races. In future filtering in the Log Book will allow age, sex and weight rankings. They also want to put an out-and-back race option. They hope to create a standing all-time leader board of events and a directory of rowing courses worldwide with a map of pins.
35:00 Contact Alix [email protected]
or Charlie Biddle [email protected] with any feedback.

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