The Circuit, Best Competition of the Year 2017. Moscow, Russia.
The Circuit, Best Competition of the year 2017 goes to the Russia Cup 70th Anniversary event in Moscow.
Sure, there were a lot of candidates with so many amazing and fun competitions through the year. Events like Studiobloc Masters, CWIF and the Tokyo World Cup were right up there, but none was as fun and fulfilling for me as Moscow.
Sure, I’m biased, it was epic adventure just getting into Russia, however for all the stress of getting there, the event more than lived up to expectations.
At the events I attend through the year I’m there to work. To capture the action and get a selection of photos out as soon as possible. Some events though make it tough, indeed some just aren’t nice places to be. Poor viewing angles, shitty internet, no press facilities, far from accommodation…
And some events, although great are just to big (Munich, Innsbruck) stood out this year as great events, but ones that were just to busy to really enjoy.
Every year a few events nail it. The Competition is good, the spectators are psyched, the routes are well set for the level of the climbers and it all comes together. From those the task of picking one comes down to personal preference.
So competition of the year goes to Moscow. It was a combined format event on a great wall, a little precursor to what we can expect at the Olympics. It was the first time I’ve seen the combined event at a stand alone competition and it worked great. It was suspenseful, there was every thing to play for until the last climbers, and it showcased all three disciplines well.
On top of that, the wall is extremely close to the hotel and to a big mall for all the food you want. And the local climbing community were incredibly accommodating and excited to show of their city.
Well done to the Russian Climbing Federation for hosting The Circuits Best Competition of 2017!