Speed Climbing is one of the lesser known of the three disciplines (Lead, Speed & Boulder) of Sport Climbing. In short, speed is ultimately a race. It’s as simple and as exciting as it sounds!
Climbers race up identical routes side by side (using the IFSC standardised red Speed holds) and the first climber to hit the buzzer at the top goes through to the next round. Speed climbing competitions run in knockout fashion as climbers compete in multiple races in which the loser is “knocked out” of the competition and the winner goes on to the next round.