Chongqing Bouldering World Cup – Preview

The IFSC Bouldering World Cup kicks off this weekend in Chongqing, a city in the Middle of China with about 7 million people. It is the second year in a row that Chongqing hosts a Bouldering World Cup. The competition includes both bouldering and speed climbing but in this post you won’t find any information on the speed climbing event, for that go to the ifsc website (link at the end).

Climbers during the 2012 Chongqing Bouldering World Cup

To watch it live go to (timetable below)

A total of 52 climbers will take part in the competition. 52 climbers is quite a low number for a World Cup (to compare, last year 120 climbers participated in Log-Dragomer).

Being in China many European and American competitors won’t participate (some because of the long trip, some because it is too expensive) so chances are this won’t be the most exciting World Cup of the season. For instance, just 24 woman will be there, so just 4 of them (or less if there’s a tie) won’t make it to semis.

So not that much tension for the female qualis… But hey, it is a Bouldering World Cup and for me that’s more than enough to get me excited.

Don’t be mistaken many of the stars will be there:

  • The World Champions Melanie Sandoz and Dmitrii Sharafutdinov.
  • The Overall World Cup winners (and our 2012 Best Competition Boulderes, male and female) Rustam Gelmanov and Anna Stöhr.
  • National Champions form Slovenia (Markovic and Kruder), France (Le Neve and Caleyron), the UK (Coxsey), Japan (Noguchi)…

But some big names will be missing (Fischhuber, Ennemoser, Avezou, McColl, Feehally, Barrans, De Leeuw…).

You can check the entire starting list here.

Route setters
Tomasz Oleksy from Polonia – Chief Routesetter
Laurent Laporte from France

Just the important stuff, the details you don’t need to know are here.

Chongqing is in the UTC/GMT +8 hours time zone.

Friday 22

10:30 – Qualification for men (about 3h long)

15:00 -Qualification for women (about 2h 40min long)

Saturday 23

09:15 – Semi final  (about 2h 15min long)

17:20 – Final (about 1h 10min long)

19:00 – Awarding ceremony (too long and boring, probably :P)

Media from 2012 Chongqing Bouldering World Cup
To get the juices flowing you can review Udo Neumann’s report from last year’s edition:

Or, in youtube, you can watch the entire finals livestream.

At IFSC’s Facebook page there are some cool pictures by Heiko Wilhelm.

More info

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