Frequently Asked Questions...

Here is the  PRE-RACE BULLETIN

Here are the WEIGH-IN PROTOCOLS

Please read the COMPETITOR INFORMATION GUIDE

When was my Race?  FINAL WEEKEND SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

Can I go back and watch the race?

Live Stream presentation with colour commentary is available to watch on Youtube.

Saturday February 6, 2021 - Day 1

Saturday February 6, 2021 - Day 2

How did the WEBCAM view of my race for friends and family work? 

If you were over age 19, this was an option by contacting us at webcam@cdnindoorrowing.org with your name, your email, the race you have entered and we will contact you with instructions.   Not all people were be featured if there is high demand for this.

Where was CIRC held in 2021?

The 38th edition of CIRC will be held virtually in real time (i.e. live racing) by connecting racers all over the world using Time-Team's HOMERACE. The CIRC Organizing Committee will create as close to possible championship race experience for everyone while keeping everyone safe and distanced.  The annual race must go on....

What kind of rowing machine (ergometer) could I use to race on?

Any static Concept 2 Ergometer with a PM3, a PM4 or a PM5 monitor can be used for CIRC 2021. you can not use a Dynamic ergometer.  You will also need a USB A to B cable to hook up to your laptop or computer for the internet connection.  The Time-Team HOMERACE platform will be used to host CIRC in real time.  You will need to show up 30 minutes prior to your race to test your connection and get ready to race.  You will be racing in real time at the same time as other competitors in your category.   You will be able to see your progress against the competition both on your PM monitor or on the laptop Live Race Tracker.

Will I be able to see where I am in the race?

Your own erg's PM5, PM4 or PM3 monitor will tell you on the bottom what place you are in the race and how far off the next competitor. With help from the TIME-TEAM, you will be able to login to the Results page and replay your race, stroke by stroke if you want.... or maybe you won't want to re-live it in that much detail....

How much does it cost to enter a race?  Can I enter more than one?

You can enter more than one race, but check the schedule for any back to back races. CIRC Races will be scheduled in real time.   Fees are payable in Canadian dollars and can be submitted online. .

CATEGORY Cdn $
Individuals - 2000 metres $21
Individuals - 500 metres $21

Will my coach be able to sit beside me and coach me?

Coaches will be able to coach and shout encouragement. It is strongly encouraged when you race to have someone watching nearby.  If they are not in your bubble or a family member, they should be following any local protocols for COVID to keep safe, such as keeping distance (2 metres) and masking.

What is the Time-Team HOMERACE start sequence look like?

It will look familiar.  Just like it would if we were all together in a big arena.  When all rowers are connected to HOMERACE and sitting still at the ready position, the starter will begin the START sequence.  It starts with SIT READY, then ATTENTION, then after a variable pause, ROW.   Don't worry, even if there is any latency of screen refresh, rest assured your erg is sending race information in and all will be captured just like you were together in the same arena.

How old do I need to be to race at CIRC?

To enter a race at CIRC you must be 13 year of age or older on race day.  

Who can race at CIRC? Do I need to qualify for this event?  What is a qualifier?

You do not have to have previously raced in an indoor or on the water rowing event.  CIRC is open to first time novices through to Olympians. When we refer to this race as a "qualifier" we mean that it is sanctioned by World Rowing and competitors can "recycle" their scores at the at the 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Do I have to finish ahead of someone to medal at CIRC?

Yes, in order to earn a CIRC medallion you must finish in 1st, 2nd or 3rd and beat at least one other competitor.  If the race category has only 3 entries, only gold and silver will be awarded, if it has 2, then only gold will be given out, if only 1 competitor then no medal will be awarded.

If I had to scratch my race or missed my race, can I get my entry fee refunded?

It depends when you scratched. If you reported your intent to withdraw to the Entries Co-ordinator before February 1 deadline you are eligible for a refund. If you did not notify the scratch before February 1, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. your race fees are non-refundable for any reason. 

Will there be Race Officials involved in the running of the virtual races?

Yes,  CIRC Officials (Lane Judges) monitored every race to ensure races are run fair, safely and on time. The officials worked with Time-Team Operators and had the ability to "chat" online with any of the racers in the 40 minute window while in the waiting room prior to the race start.  At the end of each race they aporoved results. E-mail RaceReview@cdnindoorrowing.org if you have something to report.

What will my race results look like online?

For 2021, CIRC wil be working with TIME-TEAM from the Netherlands. You will see your results posted immediately following with enhanced race information showing all competitors in your event, their ranking and your performance every stroke of your 2000m or 500m race. TIme-Team has been used at  Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships for the past 2 years and at the World Rowing Indoor Championships in Paris, France.  An example of what result look like can be found on the Results page for 2020. 

Will there be any new Concept2 Model D Ergometers coming into Canada for 2021?

Yes, there was 32 new Concept 2 Model D ergs that have all been sold and picked up for competitors in the race on January 15.   If you are looking for an erg to race on contact a local rowing club.