The 2 km (2000 meters) Rowing Ergo Test is part of the eTID Talent Identification Testing Program for rowing, and their protocol is listed here. There is also a 5km and 500m ergo test.
purpose: This test is designed to completely exhaust all energy production pathways under race conditions.
equipment required: Concept IID rowing ergometer (or equivalent). A specific drag factor needs to be set (see comments below).
procedure: Ensure the correct drag factor is set correctly with the preferred display option selected
on screen (see comments below). Ensure 500m splits are set on the PM3/4 prior to the trial. Sit ready to start the 2 km test. The aim of the test is to cover the 2 km in the shortest possible time, and you should be exhausted at the completion of the trial. Experience has shown that better scores are achieved with an even split rather than starting conservatively and then coming
home strong, or going out too fast and not being able to complete the
scoring: Record the time taken to complete the 2000 meters in minutes and seconds and the
average stroke rate.
target population: rowing
Strong verbal encouragement will help the subject achieve their
Drag factors should be set at 90 for females and 100 for males. Drag factors can be
checked on the Concept IID rowing ergometer by following the menu prompts on the
PM3/4 interface. The drag factor display will appear in the lower right display window.
When the drag factor display is present, subjects are to row lightly and adjust the
damper setting to select the correct drag factor. Check with local staff to ensure the
drag factor is set for the particular ergometer you are using.
Good pacing is very important. Too fast a start can lead to increased metabolic acidosis that will have a negative effect on aerobic energy production during the dominant endurance portion of the race. This could lead to early fatigue and a deterioration in technique.