UKC

Coxsey and Megos take title Cwif 2015

© The Climbing Works

On Saturday 7th March The Climbing Works welcomed 350 competitors from all over the UK, Europe and the World as they came to compete at The Climbing Works International Festival. This much-anticipated event drew a mixture of competitors - from seasoned world-class boulderers to relative newcomers to the sport. Shauna Coxsey held onto her CWIF crown for her 4th year in a row and Germany's Alex Megos took the men's title after a clean sweep in the finals.

The top 20 competitors from Saturday morning's qualifying round would go on to compete in the semi-finals on Sunday, with Britain's Dave Barrans and Shauna Coxsey coming out on top of the qualifying field. 

Twitter followers were treated to live Question & Answer sessions on Saturday with Alex Megos, Shauna and Jorg Verhoeven. Climbers Against Cancer founder John Ellison was also present under the guise of Elvis Presley. 

 

45minutes until the final of #CWIF 2015, watch our semi-final highlights here

A video posted by The Climbing Works (@climbingworks) on


Sunday afternoon saw Shauna leading once again in the semi-finals and Rolands Rugens of Latvia qualified in 1st place for the finals in the men's event. 

The finals took place in the evening, attracting a huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters as usual. Competing for the top spot in the men's event were Rolands Rugens (LAT), Thomas Caleyron (FRA), Alex Megos (GER), Baptiste Ometz (SUI), and Britain's very own Ben West and Dave Barrans.

For the women, Shauna was joined by Chloé Caulier (BEL), Klementine Kaiser (FRA), Vera Zijlstra (NED) and GB team members Diane Merrick and Leah Crane.

After a busy barbecue, the spectators took their seats and the finals began. Four problems set by the world-class routesetting team headed by Percy Bishton split the competitors perfectly and provided some entertaining viewing with numerous volumes and dynamic moves. 

Shauna completed all four problems in just five attempts, ahead of Klementine Kaiser and Diane Merrick who both achieved two tops in three and five attempts respectively - showing Shauna's form ahead of the 2015 World Cup season. Diane's performance in the final certainly got the British members of the crowd behind her and her 2015 season looks to be off to a very promising start indeed.

She commented: "I was so excited about coming 3rd in CWIF that I couldn't sleep afterwards! The atmosphere was amazing; so much support from the crowd, Climbing Works, competitors and Boreal. I had so much fun climbing and then got to meet Elvis (support CAC)!"

Leah Crane narrowly missing Problem 1 in the #cwif final 2015  © Ola Stępień
Leah Crane narrowly missing Problem 1 in the #cwif final 2015
© Ola Stępień
Shauna Coxsey 'actually' looking like she was trying in the #cwif final 2015  © Ola Stępień
Shauna Coxsey 'actually' looking like she was trying in the #cwif final 2015
© Ola Stępień

 

Alex Megos proved his worth by flashing all four problems with ease - unsurprising perhaps for someone who has recently bouldered 8C! Dave Barrans put in a sterling effort to take 2nd place, also topping all four but taking ten attempts to do so. Thomas "Tito" Caleyron followed in 3rd place with flashes of three problems. 

As usual the awards ceremony was eccentric, with a hanging volume podium and the wearing of an Elvis quiff made obligatory for the winners.

 

#cwif 2015 Womens podium - 3rd Diane Merrick, 1st Shauna Coxsey, 2nd Klementine Kaiser  © Ola Stępień
#cwif 2015 Womens podium - 3rd Diane Merrick, 1st Shauna Coxsey, 2nd Klementine Kaiser
© Ola Stępień
#cwif 2015 Mens podium - 3rd Thomas "Tito" Caleyron, 1st Alex Megos, 2nd Dave Barrans  © Paul Phillips
#cwif 2015 Mens podium - 3rd Thomas "Tito" Caleyron, 1st Alex Megos, 2nd Dave Barrans
© Paul Phillips

 

Alex Megos crushing Problem 4 in the #cwif final 2015  © Paul Phillips
Alex Megos crushing Problem 4 in the #cwif final 2015
© Paul Phillips

In the team event, which takes group scores from the qualifying round into account, the unbeatable Team WAD (Shauna Coxsey, Ned Feehally, Thomas Caleyron, Jorg Verhoeven) took the title once again, followed by Team Evolv and Team DMM.

Diane Merrick in the #cwif final 2015  © Paul Phillips
Diane Merrick in the #cwif final 2015
© Paul Phillips
Dave Barrans on the tricky slab in the #cwif final 2015  © Paul Phillips
Dave Barrans on the tricky slab in the #cwif final 2015
© Paul Phillips

 

You can rewatch the Finals on the IFSC YouTube page.

Want to get a taste of the whole weekend? Check out The Climbing Works Instagram account (@climbingworks) for more short videos and photos. You can also check out their Twitter account (@climbingworks #CWIF) for photos and reactions from the athletes, the crowd and of course Climbing Works themselves.

Full results are available at www.thecwif.com


The CWIF raised money for both CAC and Mind over the weekend. A big thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and donated their money to these great charities. 

The CWIF is sponsored by Berghaus, Adidas, DMM, Scarpa, Axis & Volx. Thanks also to TDC-AV (lights & sound), Horizion (webcast), Nick Brown Media (filming) and BandofBirds (social media & filming) for their help over the weekend.
Without the support of the above companies The CWIF would not be as much fun.

More information, videos and photos to follow at www.thecwif.com and www.climbingworks.com


This post has been read 12,096 times

Return to Latest News


Alex has risen quickly through the ranks of German climbers to become a globetrotting superstar of the modern climbing scene. His phenomenal sport climbing achievements place him as one of the most important climbers of...

Alex's Athlete Page 77 posts 5 videos

Overall 1st place in the 2016 and 2017 IFSC Bouldering World Cup. Appointed MBE in 2016. Britain's first Sport Climbing athlete in Tokyo 2020.

Shauna's Athlete Page 66 posts 9 videos


Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make UKClimbing.com the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate UKClimbing.com then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

Thanks to the Climbing Works for hosting this great event once again! Ace weekend! :)
11 Mar, 2015
A great comp again this year. Percy's comment about the slab in the final was something like you don't need to be the strongest climber but the best climber to do this problem. Shortly after Megos flashed it and this was the problem that really sorted the outcome for the whole event. Dave Barrans was the only other competitor to even get up it and thus came second. The women's was a bit disappointing because there were no other absolute top women boulderers. Shauna was the obvious favourite and cruised the problems making most of them look like warm ups: she was clearly in a different league to the other competitors. If there'd just been one other of the regular World Cup finalists it would have made the outcome less predictable. The video commentary is not particularly great. For knowledgeable climbers (ie. most of the audience) it comes across as predictable, even clichéd and he doesn't say much you don't already know. I'm sure its a really hard job to do for a sport you know little about. However Daniel Finn did a fine job, by far the best commentator I've heard for climbing comps. He seemed to have a good knowledge of climbing and the competitors and a genuine passion for the sport. Too bad the IFSC let him go.
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest