USA Climbing (USAC) and Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) recently announced they are teaming up to launch a brand-new North American Cup Series. The series includes five events in total, with three competitions in each of the three climbing disciplines―bouldering, lead and speed―spread out across the five events. The events are scheduled to take place from June to October this year at various sites in North America, with one event to be held each month.
USAC’s National Team Training Center, for instance, is set to kick off the series with a bouldering competition in Salt Lake City on June 12-13. And Stone Age Climbing Gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host bouldering, lead and speed competitions on August 25-29. Stops at Altitude Gym in Ontario (July 17-18), Reach Climbing and Fitness in Pennsylvania (September 17-19), and Richmond Olympic Oval in British Columbia (October 8-10) are also on the schedule.
According to the press release on USAC and CEC’s websites, “The mission of the Series is to provide a high-level competition series for advanced and elite athletes from the America’s to continue their development outside of World Cup competition.”
“The North American Cup Series, built off the successful National Cup Series for bouldering, is the next step in developing our climbers to be successful in all disciplines on the world stage. A special thanks to Christiane Marceau and Climbing Escalade Canada for partnering with us on this important series. With each discipline being competed 3 times across the season the partnership will create new opportunities for both countries to shape and grow the competition scene in North America,” said Marc Norman, USAC’s CEO.
“CEC is thrilled to partner with USA Climbing in providing additional competition opportunities for athletes, officials, and setters, on Pan-American soil. This new series addresses a gap in the North-American athlete development, and will allow for more collaboration between our organizations,” said Christiane Marceau, CEC’s Executive Director.
The announcement of the new series came after the completion of USAC’s National Team Trials yesterday. USAC also announced last week that Sender One will host a Paraclimbing World Cup at its LAX facility in October. Stay tuned to CBJ for more competition climbing news and stories.
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