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BIGGEST INDOOR ROWING COMPETITION IN ESTONIA

Alfa 2017

28.01.2017, Tallinn Sports hall, Herne 30, Tallinn

Registration to the competition is closed now

Registration ends on 25.01.2017 at 12:00 pm

GREATEST INDOOR ROWING COMPETITION IN ESTONIA AND BALTICS

First indoor rowing races on Concept2 machines took place at the end of 1993 with 54 participants. Since then total number of participants in Alfa Race has increased to over 500. In addition to professional rowers amateurs are also active, as well as sportsmen from other fields, politicians, companies, students, army and rescue services.
Alfa history
2016

Joel Naukkarinen beat Tõnu Endrekson

Joel Naukkarinen did not give any chance to the best Estonian indoor rower Tõnu Endrekson this year, the Finn lead the race from the start till the end winning by 1,5 seconds. Allar Raja stepped on podium as third.

RESULTS PHOTOS VIDEO

2015

Tõnu Endrekson won again

Tõnu Endrekson was challenged in final heat by Finnish Joel Naukkarinen – a great future potential in Finnish rowing. Endrekson started 1000m distance as usual by a strong lead, but Naukkarinen closed in quite soon. Endrekson did not give in during final meters and won another gold. Naukkarinen became second with Finnish record time, Allar Raja took third place.

RESULTS PHOTOS VIDEO

2014

Three estonians on the podium

Estonians ruled Alfa Race again. Tõnu Endrekson won Allar Raja and Kaspar Taimsoo in an exciting final race. Andrei Jämsä and Latvian Gints Zunde rowed close behind the first three.

RESULTS VIDEO

2013

Tõnu Endrekson, Allar Raja and Andrei Jämsä

Tõnu Endrekson, Allar Raja and Andrei Jämsä did not give a chance to anyone else at Alfa Race 2013. Endrekson started as a leader in the race and won stoutly, Allar Raja secured his second place since beginning and Jämsä won third place.

RESULTS VIDEO

2012

Belarus Pavel Šurmei third

Latvian and Estonian were again competing for the gold at Alfa Race – Tõnu Endrekson took the lead from the beginning and managed to stay in front of Dairis Adamaitis until the end. Third place was won by Pavel Šurmei Belarus – after a few years’ break in competing at Alfa.

RESULTS  VIDEO

2011

Very dramatic final

Tõnu Endrekson from Pärnu managed to defeat Latvian Dairis Adamaitis during a very dramatic final struggle: at couple of hundred meters before finish line the Latvian was behind Endrekson just by two meters. Allar Raja became third, Konstantin Zaitsev forth and Kaspar Taimsoo fifth.

RESULTS

2010

Tõnu Endrekson won

Tõnu Endrekson won Alfa 2010 men’s race leaving Allar Raja and Andrei Jämsä behind. There was close to 40 competitors in men’s class that year. Patrick Goodfellow was the competitor who had travelled the longest distance to take part of Alfa Race – he was travelling to Siberia for work in forestry business and realized our rowing competition fits into his travel schedule on the way back home – eventually winning bronze in younger masters’ category.

RESULTS

2009

Belarus Pavel Šurmei won again

Belarus rower Pavel Šurmei won Alfa Race again, he dominated the race already from the start. Other podium places were unknown until the final meters – Tõnu Endrekson came out of the rivalry as second and Alvar Räägel as third. Latvian Dairis Adamaitis, Vladimir Latin and Jüri Jaanson divided final positions 4 to 6.

RESULTS

2008

Latvian rower Kristaps Bokums won Alfa

Latvian rower Kristaps Bokums did not give Tõnu Endrekson any chances at Alfa Race 2008 – his strokes so powerful that his rowing machine had to be kept in place during the race. Allar Raja took third place. Teams’ race saw Olympic gold medallist Erki Nool in competition. Together with teammates Rainer Nõlvak, Ain-Alar Juhanson and Mihkel Mardna they won gold among teams.

RESULTS

2007

Alfa Race winner was Tõnu Endrekson

Alfa Race winner was Tõnu Endrekson, who had strong competition by Adam Kreek - a Canadian top rower with Estonian heritage. Kreek made sharp start, Tõnu Endrekson managed to reach Kreek only by final quarter of the distance. The Canadian rower could not hold his high pace until the end and Endrekson won gold. Allar Raja finished third and never-tiring Jüri Jaanson forth.

RESULTS

2006

Šurmei remained unbeatable again

Pavel Šurmei remained unbeatable again. Kristaps Bokums from Latvia took second place, Tõnu Endrekson stepped at third place on podium.

RESULTS

2005

Czech Vaclav Chalupa at third place

Same scenario repeated – Belarus rower Pavel Šurmei won in front of Tõnu Endrekson with strong final meters of the race. Legendary Czech Vaclav Chalupa finished at third place, Jüri Jaanson was forth. Alfa Race had a record number of participants – 550 indoor rowers tried their best.

RESULTS

2004

Pavel Šurmei was the winner

Pavel Šurmei was the winner in men’s category for second year in a row leaving Tõnu Endrekson at second place. Alfa Race donated a Concept2 rowing machine to Harju County Rescue unit. Rowing machine has been extremely popular training tool among firefighters in several countries and rescuers have rowed good results even at top competitions. The world record owner of indoor rowing, German rower Matthias Siejkowski was a rescuer by occupation.

RESULTS

2003

Kaisa Pajusalu started her winning streak

Kaisa Pajusalu started her winning streak of many years to come becoming first among B-class girls. Pavel Šurmei from Belarus won among men with time 2:39,8 – 1000m world record in indoor rowing. Second place went to Tõnu Endrekson, third to Matthias Siejkowski.

RESULTS

2002

Tõnu Endrekson took his first gold

Legendary “Kalev” sports hall was the venue for Alfa Race that year and many years to come. Among participants was also German rower Matthias Siejkowski who was indoor rowing world champion. He had to make due as second best in short distance Alfa Race since Tõnu Endrekson took his first gold that year. Jüri Jaanson became third.

RESULTS

2000

Jüri Jaanson beat Iztok Cop

Year 2000 was significant since 125. anniversary of Estonian Rowing was celebrated. Alfa Race took place at Tallinn Sports hall. Jüri Jaanson took being faster than Iztok Cop and Tõnu Endrekson. Among juniors Andrei Jämsä won for the first time.

RESULTS

1999

Best rower of 1999 was Jüri Jaanson

Alfa Race took place in Pirita TOP tennis hall. Team races started to get unusually high popularity – in addition to company teams there were even teams of political parties among competitors (Keskerakond, Mõõdukad, Isamaliit and Arengupartei). Also, a VIP race took place, the winner was Jürgen Ligi. Men’s best indoor rower of 1999 was Jüri Jaanson, Klaus Geiger became second and Tõnu Endrekson earned a place on podium outperforming top rowers Iztok Cop and Vaclav Chalupat.

RESULTS  VIDEO

1998

Finn Klaus Geiger gained his second gold

Indoor rowing race was named Alfa, knowledge of the competition was spreading fast and total number of competitors reached close to 200. Finn Klaus Geiger gained his second gold, leaving behind Jüri Jaanson and Iztok Cop

RESULTS VIDEO

1997

Klaus Geiger took the men’s victory

First ever international indoor rowing race took place in “Kalev” sports hall. Klaus Geiger took the men’s victory to Finland by defeating Jüri Jaanson and Leonid Prokofjev. Competitors total count reached over 100 that year.

RESULTS

1996

Priit Tasane became first in men’s category

Priit Tasane became first in men’s category. Second place was taken by Silver Sonntak, third Hain Helde. Tõnu Endrekson opened his winning score being first among A-class juniors.

RESULTS

1995

Jüri Jaanson won men’s finals again

Indoor rowing competitions continued in Flora sports hall. Tõnu Endrekson – today the best Estonian indoor rower of all times – entered competition for the first time as a junior. Unfortunately, he did not manage to row into finals that time. Jüri Jaanson won men’s finals again, beating Toomas Vilpart and Priit Tasane.

RESULTS

1993

The winner was Jüri Jaanson

First indoor rowing competition took place at Lootos sports society premises, event organised by Tallinn Rowing Club. There were 54 competitors. The winner among men was Jüri Jaanson, being by far the best with powerful 1000m time of 2.51,8.

RESULTS

The beginning of Alfa competition
Location

28. january 2017, Tallinn Sports hall, Herne 30, Tallinn
Heats start at 10.45 am, finals at 03.00 pm

Information

Tel: 609 6265 | Mob: 51 58 315 (eng) | Mob: 53 320 379 (rus)
email: penteer@concept2.ee, info@soudespinning.ee

Participation fee

Adult: 8€ | Juniors: 6€
Teams: 40€ (university and schools free)

Qualification

If there is more than 16 participants, there will be heats.
Fastest 16 individual and 4 teams will get to finals

Awarding ceremony

Three best in every category will be awarded

Categories 1000m

Men, Woman, Men Lwt (<75kg), Woman Lwt (<61,5kg)
Men for all, Woman for all

Masters 1000m

Master M30-39, Master M40-49, Master M50-59, Master M60+
Master W30-39, Master W40-49, Master W50-59, Master W60+

Juniors 1000m

Jun men U-19, Jun men U-17, Jun men U-15,
Jun woman U-19, Jun woman U-17, Jun woman U-15

Teams 500m

Team men, Team woman (clubs, company, organisations)
Team men, Team woman (university, schools)

Adaptive 1000m

LTA - men, LTA - woman

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