Are the US Rowing Age Handicaps fair?

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Are the US Rowing Age Handicaps fair?

Postby gregsmith01748 » March 8th, 2018, 5:47 am


US Rowing has a handicapping system to allow rowers of different ages to row against each other. The fairness of this system has been evaluated multiple times.

first by Carlos Zezza using actual HOCR results:

Then by Tolly Allen using 2014 concept2 rankings:

I just finished my own project looking at it compared to the full set of concept2 ranking data. If you are interested, you can read my write up here:

If you want the TLDR version of the article: The current handicap values don't really line up with erg based data on performance decline. The current handicaps essentially over correct for age. The effect is most pronounced for lightweight rowers, and women.
Age: 53 H: 182cm W: 90Kg (should be 83Kg)
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