Racing The Dragon Off The Water
Over the past few years the Dragon Boat Ergometer (DBE) developed by Grayson Bourne´s company KayakPro, has become the Ergo of choice formany paddlers and Dragon Boat Clubs around the world, as paddlers look for other ways to train during the winter months, other than breaking the ice and paddling their dragon boats or 01´s on the water.
The IDBF is giving every paddler the opportunity to become the ´1st Ergo World Champion´ in their chosen Racing Class and all you need is access to a KayakPro Dragon Boat Ergometer, chosen by the IDBF because it has a proven software programme specifically designed for Dragon Boaters to train with and keep fit.
So how will the competition be staged and how will it work?
During the period 1 Feb to 31 Oct 2013, you just have to set a time on an KP Ergo by following the IDBF KayakPro Ergo Rules detailed below and then register your time on the KayakPro website.
KayakPro will maintain the record of times and muchlike a ´Squash Ladder´ the object will
be to end up as one of the Top Ten times in your Racing Class on 31 October 2013.
After that, the top 10 in each class will be required to validate their times by competing against each other by recording their ´Grand Final´ time, with KayakPro during November 2013. There is just one extra ´Golden Rule´ for the Grand Finals and that is that all times have to be validated by an IDBF Adjudicator who must be present when the Grand Final race time is undertaken and recorded.
A list of IDBF Adjudicators in their own areas will be sent to the Grand Finalists, who must have an Adjudicator present at their Grand Final attempt and cover any expenses that the Adjudicator might have. The Adjudicator will normally be an IDBF International Race Official, a nominated Coach or other person nominated by the IDBF Competition & Technical Commission.
The top three paddlers (crews in the Team Competitions) will be declared the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal winners of the 1st IDBF KayakPro Dragon Boat Ergo World Championships – the IDBF Ergo Worlds.
So in summary, no entry fee, use your own or a ClubDBE, race in your own time and place of choice, which can even be at home! Then just register at the KayakPro website, and check the results here.
For more information and the rules for this World Series please read this document.