The 2019/20 Ice Climbing World Cup will take place at five locations across three continents. “We are delighted with the shape of the calendar for the upcoming season,” said UIAA sport events coordinator Rob Adie.
“Working with established organisers ensures we can focus on improving events in terms of the athlete experience and ensuring greater consistency from competition to competition. We are also looking forward to showcasing ice climbing during the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne where a dedicated structure will be constructed in the centre of the city.”
The season again features a mix of urban locations (Moscow, Denver) as well as Alpine Classics (Saas-Fee). The inaugural visit to Denver last year drew a massive 25,000 spectators across the weekend, widely considered to be the largest crowd ever assembled for a competitive climbing event. Denver is currently part of the 2019/20 program but the event is still subject to confirmation.
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The new entry is the Chinese leg which after events in Hohhot and Beijing will move to Changchun City. A new venue but with organisation again expertly led by the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA). The calendar is completed by the popular event in Cheongsong, South Korea.
2020 will see the expansion of the UIAA Youth Ice event program. Youth climbers will have two opportunities to excel – a combined format World Youth Championships (lead and speed together with one combined champion) will feature as part of the program during the World Cup opener in Moscow. Russia is also the venue for the annual World Youth Championships (champions in lead and speed disciplines) with Kirov playing host.
The season also includes Continental Cups and Championships across four continents with Asian Cups for the first time. Many of these are integrated as part of World Cup events.
World Cup Schedule
Moscow from Dec. 20 to 21
Changchun City from Jan. 3 to 5
Cheongsong from Jan. 10 to 12
Saas-Fee from Jan. 23 to 25
Denver from Fe. 21 to 23