Tour De Bloc is back. This year’s multi-stop bouldering competition will host four events from BC to Nova Scotia. Founded in 2003, progenitor Luigi Montilla has organized and hosted over a decade’s worth of these historic competition. For the first time since the pandemic began, the competition has returned.
For newer climbers, Tour De Bloc (TDB) will sound unfamiliar. Although the series closed along with all Canadian competitions, it was Canada’s premier, non-National-Sport-Federation affiliated Bouldering Series. Existing outside the Continuous National Ranking system that athletes climb in for Nationals, TDB runs more like a party with partner gyms hosting exciting events that everyone can participate in.
The schedule for this year’s series follows:
June 4: Boulder House; Langford, BC
June 11: Bolder; Calgary, AB
June 25: Up The Bloc; Mississauga, ON
July 16: Seven Bays Bouldering; Halifax, NS
Competition winners will get a Golden Ticket to Jackalope’s North American Cup Series event set for August 19-21 this year. This ticket includes Flight, VIP Pick Up, Hotel, Expenses and Registration to this multi-day, multi-sport event at the end of the summer.
More information is to come, but strap on those climbing shoes and get to training. It will be an exciting summer of competition bouldering.