ONLINE and in Hamburg: The indoor rowing competition in winter

  • Pull like a dog!

    Pull like a dog!

    Indoor rowing. The ultimate competition series on the rowing ergometer

    Kick-off and party on Nov. 14, 2020


  • Pull like a dog!

    Pull like a dog!

    Indoor rowing. The ultimate competition series on the rowing ergometer

    Kick-off and party on Nov. 14, 2020


Alster Ergo-Cup® 

This renowned competition-series on the ergometer is the ultimate physical and mental challenge for every indoor rower.

It is perhaps the most singular worldwide  event where ALL participants whether young or old, man or woman, beginner or pro are listed in one common line-up.

Participants compete against the world reference time in their respective age and weight class. That is why everybody has a fair chance pitting themselves against all others. The renowned Ergo-event will take place in the city of Hamburg in November and will cover nine seperate races covering nine different ergo-distances.

It is open to all athletes such as cyclists, triathletes, joggers, crossfiters and simply anybody willing to push themselves to the their physical limits.

Online as well as on the premise in Hamburg

The upcoming Alster Ergo-Cup in autumn 2020 will take place both online and locally in Hamburg. The following information as well as the participation fee initially refers to the event on premise and will be updated in due course for the online event.

Rating System

Thanks to the unique Alster Ergo-Cup rating system, everybody no matter how old, man or woman, heavy or lightweight, can take part and the race results will be documented online in an overall ranking list.

Here you will be assessed based on your recorded percentual deviation from the Concept2 world best times in your class (age, gender, weight). The faster and better you are, the smaller the difference. We then determine this percentual deviation for each individual distance.

In order to obtain an overall result, we add up all the deviations on an equal basis. In sum, the smaller your deviation, the higher you will be ranked in the competitive list.

This means that a 55-year-old lightweight woman would theoretically have the same chances as a 28-year-old heavyweight man because she will be competing against significantly slower reference values. That is what makes the Ergo-Cup system so unique.

The competion is not restricted to class, age or gender: Everyone rows against everyone else! It's a stunningly simple system!

The renowned Alster Ergo Cup consists of nine race-distances divided into five seperate blocks. You will receive points for every race you take part depending on your overall placement in that specific race. However, we will be offering two seperate races in 4 of the 5 blocks. The race with the better result will be taken into account for the ranking. So you may try twice in order to get a higher score-count. Winner is the competitor who collects the most points across all 5 blocks at the end of the series and will win the cup.

Team / club evaluation

Each ergo-race is a thrilling occasion for participants and fans alike. Pushing yourself to the limit means you need a lot of support from the audience. The more supporters come from your own club the merrier, but in general every competitor will be enthusiastically cheered on until they cross the ergo finishing line. In addition to the individual ranking system there will also be a club rating system. The best five individual results of your team or club within a single block will be included in the overall club rating.

Sounds complicated? In fact it is quite simplke and straightforward. You can check the rules in detail here again.

Dates and distances

The Alster Ergo-Cup is an ergo competition series beginning in November through to February covering nine very different race distances. This is a physical and mental challenge because every race has a different pace. The positive side of things: You will never be any fitter than going through the winter erg-series.

From the beginning you may choose fronm the different distances on offer. Basically all races are divided into five blocks. You can choose from two seperate track lengths in four of the five blocks. If you really want to test your stamina, you just race all nine events. Those participants who would like focus themselves or simply cannot meet the schedule only race one distance within each block, i.e. at least five races. This is voluntary, you can try your best but do not have to. Either way: The best result of two within a block is then added to your overall rating.

The Venues

The traditional event will be at Rowing Club Wandsbek e.V. (Ruderverein) as well as Rowing Society HANSA e.V (Ruder-Gesellschaft)

Participation fee

The one-off fee is EUR 35 and entitles you to participate in the Alster Ergo Cup, payable via Paypal. A high-quality t-shirt is included in the participation fee.

The fee is payable immediately after registration. You will find further information in the response e-mail that you will receive after registration.

More details to the rules of the competion here.


12. Alster Ergo-Cup®

(Foto: Björn Schulze-Gülich)

(Foto: Björn Schulze-Gülich)

11. Alster Ergo-Cup®

From Nov. 10th, 2018 till Feb. 11th, 2019

(Foto: Fabian Rennack)

(Foto: Fabian Rennack)

(Foto: Fabian Rennack)

10. Alster Ergo-Cup®

From Nov. 11th, 2017 till Feb. 19th, 2018

(Video: Björn Schulze-Gülich)

Vier neue Weltrekorde!!!

60min, MHwt, 30-39, 18.283m, Split 1:38,4​
30min, Mhwt, 30-39, 9320m, Split 1:36,5
42195m, Mhwt, 30-39, 02:24:28,1 (Split 1:42,7)
42195m, MLwt, 40-49, 02:33:13,6 (Split 1:48,9)

Sechs Wochen nachdem Benjamin Reuter vom SG Athletico Büdelsdorf e.V. seinen ersten Weltrekord bei den 30min mit 9224m aufstellte, legte er am 29.01.2018 bei den 60min nach und hat im Rahmen des 10. Alster Ergo-Cups® den bisherigen Weltrekord von 18.259m um 24m überboten und ist die 60min mit einem Split von 1:38,4 nach 18.283 am Ziel angekommen.

Am 03. Mrz. 2018 setzten beim Ergo-Marathon 2018 sowohl Benjamin Reuter mit 02:24:28,1 (Split 1:42,7) als auch Matthias Auer vom Ruderclub Nürtingen 02:33:13,6 (Split 1:48,9) nach und beide knackten in Ihrer Klasse den jeweiligen Weltrekord.

Eine wahnsinnige Leistung und aller größten Respekt dafür!

li. Benjamin Reuter und re. Matthias Auer (Foto: Fabian Rennack)

Nov. 2020 to Feb. 2021
participation fee 35,- EUR

more Info


  • Dates & distances
  • Reference values 13. AEC (pending)
  • Application result 13. AEC (pending) 

(Foto: Fabian Rennack)

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