The penultimate UIAA ice climbing event of the 2022-23 season took place in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday 18 February with a lead-only discipline European Cup event. It is the first time that the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour has visited the United Kingdom. The competition, the third of four European Cups this season, was organized by UIAA member association, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), and the Scottish Dry-Tooling Club. An impressive 62 athletes from 16 countries participated.
In the women’s competition Marianne van der Steen (Netherlands) won her second title of the season folllowing a Round 1 gold medal in Zilina, Slovakia. The Dutch athlete was one of two climbers to top in qualification and then a virtuoso performance in the final, as last athlete to climb, secured the title. Poland’s Olga Kosek (main photo) claimed silver with Maja Sustar Habjan of Slovenia completing the podium.
In the men’s competition, an impressive nine athletes topped the route in qualification – an indication of how competitive the final would be. Winner in Brno, Czech Republic in the second European Cup of the season, France’s Virgile Devin repeated that success as the only male athlete to top in the final. Dutch athlete Dennis van Hoek, winner in Zilina, took silver and Basile Fetet of France claimed bronze.
Photos from the event (credit: UIAA/Luke Briggs) can be found here.
Replay the livestream of the lead finals:
The final event of the 2022-23 UIAA Ice Climbing season will take place in Oulu, Finland next weekend. The event will feature both the fourth and final European Cup of the season and the UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships. A preview will be available on Thursday 24 February.
Photo credit: UIAA/Luke Briggs
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