The 2014 IFSC Bouldering World Cup resumes this weekend with a stop in Haiyang, China, a stop that will also see the resumption of the Speed climbing circuit and the beginning of the 2014 Lead season.
Winners of the Vail Bouldering World Cup Akiyo Noguchi and Dmitrii Sharafutdinov will be in Haiyang competing against a reduced field1 of competitors that does not include Alex Puccio but does include Americans Miura Hawkins and Nathaniel Spencer. Routesetting duties will be headed up by Romain Cabessut, Tomasz Oleksy and Remi Samyn.
The Lead side of things should be interesting to follow as Adam Ondra has made a point of competing on the circuit this year, and he will be looking to get off to a good start in this first competition of the year. Two-time defending men’s champion Sachi Amma is not in the field, but defending women’s champion Jain Kim is scheduled to compete.
Semis and finals for lead and bouldering are scheduled to be broadcast over on the IFSC’s website.
- Not a lot of people on the bouldering side of things are all that psyched about this return trip to China ↩