IFSC Paris World Championships 2016: best climbing competition ever ?!

I’m back of a crazy week in Paris where we probably had the best climbing competition ever ! First of all, the competition took place in the AccorHotels Arena which is one of the biggest and most crowded venues possible. Only this element made of this event a special one that no climber will forget. Having thousands of supporters cheering and having this great typical climbing atmosphere was definitely a boost !

(c)Bram Berkien

(c)Bram Berkien

Regarding my own performances and climbing, I must say I’m satisfied with my World Championship. My goal was to give everything I could in every round so I would have no regrets and just have as much fun as possible in the routes à Mission accomplished ! J Having fun in the routes was probably my easiest goal as the routes were just awesome ! In my opinion, the route setters did a perfect job for all the men’s lead routes and they probably did the best routes I’ve ever seen so far ! I really hope we will see more of this kind of routes in the future… You probably wonder why they were so special ? I think there was a nice combination of spectacular and classic pumpy moves. The start was never super hard but always with some cool volumes and easy but spectacular moves. Then the route started to have more pumpy moves but still in a dynamic style and the finish was a pure endurance test with still funny moves. This made the routes exciting to climb (and to watch !) from the start until the end.

(c)Bram Berkien

(c)Bram Berkien

The qualifications were pretty selective as only 26 climbers could get through to semi-finals out of 105 athletes. I had a good first route falling around the last moves and then messed up my 2nd route due to a quickdraw but still fought hard to grab some more moves ! Hopefully I was lucky this was enough for semi-finals with a 23rd position ! But before our semi-final, it was time for a rest day and the opportunity to watch and cheer for the other athletes in other disciplines. Oh… and it was also time for some massage ;-).

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Talking about my semi-final, I would say I just had a blast climbing that route ! After an easy but tricky start and a couple of powerful moves, we had this 360° move where everyone could play with his imagination. Then the route became an endurance test piece so game on !

I finished in 13th position in this route, out of the finals but happy with my climbing ! This meant it was time for me to enjoy the competition from the other side and it was so much fun watching the final rounds ! It was also great to have a big Belgian Climbing Team present and it was also source of motivation. Overall, the Team showed very strong performances !

I particularly want to congratulate Elodie Orbaen climber for becoming once again Paraclimbing World Champion and Anak Verhoeven for her very strong performance and Vice-World Lead Champion title !

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Elodie Orbaen on the highest step of the podium

Elodie Orbaen on the highest step of the podium

Now it’s time for me to take it easy for a couple of days before starting training again for the end of the season… And what better than the Adidas Rockstars this weekend to have a great time and climbing fun ?!

I’m super excited to finally attend this event where climbing meets music. To have watched the past events on the livestream, I can already say it looks so much fun and that the athletes are really taken care of !

A great sponsor you are adidas Outdoor for establishing such a majestic event!

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Stay tuned!

Loïc Timmermans

(c) Bram Berkien

(c) Bram Berkien

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