Competitions

BRC Hours for April 20 & 21

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We’re hosting a USA Climbing S.C.S. Local Event this upcoming Saturday.  Because of this, there are a few changes to the our hours of operation.  Take a look below for details.

Friday, April 20th
6:00am Weight Room/Cardio Open

11:00am Main Room Opens for climbing
4:00pm Expansion Opens for climbing
Don’t Forget: BRC Members can climb at the Spot for FREE
Saturday, April 21st
8:00am Weight Room/Cardio/Bouldering Open
8:00am All Roped Climbing Closed, Competitors Only
4:30pm Entire Gym Opens for Climbing
Don’t Forget: BRC Members can climb at the Spot for FREE
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Competition Strategy at the BCS

The Boulder Climbing Series is a very social and user friendly competition series.  It is a great way to get into sport climbing competition, test yourself to see how your winter training is going, or just get a great workout and hang out with friends.  But make no mistake, it is a competiton.  There are rules, scorecards, and prizes.  And let’s face it; there is something about the word “competition” that puts a little edge on things.  Often enough, the pressure from even the most casual of events is enough to frustrate our efforts.  Here are four things to think about that will help make your BCS experience more fun.
#1 Understand the rules.  Sounds like a no-brainer, but not knowing the rules is a very common, very frustrating mistake.  Fortunately this pitfall is totally avoidable.  Make sure that you are there for the Rules Meeting at the beginning of every competiton.  Don’t be shy about asking questions.  
#2 Get enough scores on your card.  Sounds simple, but you would be surprised at how many people miss this one.  At the BCS we usually take your top 3 routes and add those points together for your final competition score.  If you only have 2 routes completed by the end of the event, one of those three scores will be a ZERO! 
It is amazing how quickly 3 hours can zip by.  I usually tell my athletes to be ready to go as soon as the competiton starts.  That way they can get points on their score card sooner rather than later.
#3 Warming up on competiton routes and non-competition routes.  This is a biggie.  Time and comp routes are limited.  Should you warm up on competition routes or on the other routes scattered throughout the gym?  The advantage of warming up on comp routes is that you help to ensure #1, getting enough scores on your card.  The disadvantage is that you will have to wait in line for your turn, which may take a while.  
If you want to really play it well, put your score card in the queue and do a little bit of timing math.  It takes 4-5 minutes for one competitor’s turn at bat.  If there are 5 people ahead of you in line, and they are all successful on the route (a big if sometimes) we are talking about 20-25 minutes of waiting.  While your score card is in line, you can be off warming up on a route that is not part of the competition.  Just make sure that you make it back in time.  
#4 Watch other climbers.  This is a REDPOINT format competition.  That means that not only do you get to try routes more than once, but you also get to watch other people climb them.  Other than climbing it yourself, watching other climbers is the most valuable source of information about a route that you will get.  Use it.  
There are always several BRC staff around to help you get the most out of your competition experience at the Boulder Climbing Series.  Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions or if you need something.  This competition series is for you, and we are here to help.
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Congratulations to Team BRC and Team ABC in their bid at ABS Nationals

The American Bouldering Series (ABS) National was just held in Boulder Colorado last week. We would like to congratulate both Team BRC and Team ABC on a successful comp. Below are the individual team results.
A huge effort by all the kids and the coaches!
Team BRC
Remi Arata 6th
Mark Benz 18th
Emily Ringoen 21st
Katelyn Hudspeth 25th
Check out the Video!
Team ABC
#1 as a Team (in Team Competition Category)

Under 11
Joe Goodacre-2
Liam O’Brien-15
Ray McVicker-19

Under 11
Brooke Raboutou-2
Stella Noble-5
Ariana O’Brien-7
Mia Manson-9
Ravelle Nelson-10

12-13
Shawn Raboutou-4
Malcolm Oliver-9
Finn Stack-10
Timmy Dolan-16

12-13
Margo Hayes-1
Isabelle Goodacre-2
Ivy Todd -20

14-15
Austin Lankford-12
Stefan Lavender-19
Nick Lyon-26

14-15
Megan Mascarenas-2
Laurel Todd-6

16-17
Lily Ridgley-9

Team ABC receives First Place in the Team Category
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Boulder Climbing Series Advice

The Boulder Climbing Series is a very social and user friendly competition series. It is a great way to get into sport climbing competition, test yourself to see how your winter training is going, or just get a great workout and hang out with friends. But make no mistake, it is a competiton. There are rules, scorecards, and prizes. And let’s face it; there is something about the word “competition” that puts a little edge on things. Often enough, the pressure from even the most casual of events is enough to frustrate our efforts. Here are four things to think about that will help make your BCS experience more fun.

#1 Understand the rules. Sounds like a no-brainer, but not knowing the rules is a very common, very frustrating mistake. Fortunately this pitfall is totally avoidable. Make sure that you are there for the Rules Meeting at the beginning of every competiton. Don’t be shy about asking questions.
#2 Get enough scores on your card. Sounds simple, but you would be surprised at how many people miss this one. At the BCS we usually take your top 3 routes and add those points together for your final competition score. If you only have 2 routes completed by the end of the event, one of those three scores will be a ZERO!
It is amazing how quickly 3 hours can zip by. I usually tell my athletes to be ready to go as soon as the competiton starts. That way they can get points on their score card sooner rather than later.

#3 Warming up on competiton routes and non-competition routes. This is a biggie. Time and comp routes are limited. Should you warm up on competition routes or on the other routes scattered throughout the gym? The advantage of warming up on comp routes is that you help to ensure #1, getting enough scores on your card. The disadvantage is that you will have to wait in line for your turn, which may take a while.
If you want to really play it well, put your score card in the queue and do a little bit of timing math. It takes 4-5 minutes for one competitor’s turn at bat. If there are 5 people ahead of you in line, and they are all successful on the route (a big if sometimes) we are talking about 20-25 minutes of waiting. While your score card is in line, you can be off warming up on a route that is not part of the competition. Just make sure that you make it back in time.

#4 Watch other climbers. This is a REDPOINT format competition. That means that not only do you get to try routes more than once, but you also get to watch other people climb them. Other than climbing it yourself, watching other climbers is the most valuable source of information about a route that you will get. Use it.

There are always several BRC staff members around to help you get the most out of your competition experience during the BCS. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions or if you need something. This competition series is for you, and we are here to help.
Posted by CWall in Boulder Rock Club, Chris Wall, Competitions, 2 comments

Team BRC Competition Double Header!

Last Saturday was big. Two competitions. Two gyms. Same day. To say that it was exhausting for the kids on Team BRC is an understatement. We found ourselves meeting at the BRC at 7:30am for the drive to Fort Collins for one of our qualifying events for the ABS Regional Championships. Three hours of bouldering competition where the kids (15 of ours in total) gave it their all. A small complimentary sandwich later and we were back in the van to come back to Boulder. To relax? No. To compete.

The Spot Bouldering Series event #3. Three more hours of bouldering competition. Some kids were surprised at how good they felt, others were feeling the morning’s event like a lead weight. But everyone surprised themselves at one point or another, realizing that sometimes the real effort is all in the mind. Each and every one of the kids put in a stellar effort and pulled hard for the home team.
Next stop. . . ABS Regional Championships.
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BRC Junior Team BCS Results!

Congratulations to all the kids that participated in our first Boulder Climbing Series competition of the season!  The BRC’s Junior climbing team had a great performance in what was our most well attended BCS comp so far.

For several of our kids this was their first roped climbing competition.  I would like to congratulate Oz Alkaitis and Max Mauson from BRC’s Micro Team who tied for 3rd place in Male Youth D in their first roped competition.  Team BRC member Ben Lindfors tied for 1st place in the Male Youth B division, while Solina Kennedy placed 2nd in her first roped event in Female Youth B.  Male Youth A was handily won by BRC Junior Team member Gavin Banik, with 2nd place going to his team mate Arthur Heilman.  Female Youth A was a sweep for Team BRC with Mica Hartman placing first and Katelyn Hudspeth in 2nd.  The top 5 in Male Junior was a list of Team BRC members and alumni alike with Dallas Milburn looking to take another BCS season title with a strong first place finish, followed by team mate David Canova, alumnist Ryder Dale, and team mate Mark Benz in 4th place.  In the Family Division, the Arata family narrowly missed 1st place with strong performance by Bill (Dad), Suzy (Mom), and Junior Team member Alise (Daughter).

Be sure to cheer on the team at our next event on December 10th and 11th!

Chris Wall
BRC’s Fitness Director
303.447.2804

cwall@totalclimbing.com

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Boulder Climbing Series (BCS) this Friday & Saturday!

We’ll be kicking off the Boulder Climbing Series (BCS) this weekend. Check out this fun climbing comp and all the new routes that are going up!

Adult Comp (Friday Nov 5th @ 5:30pm)
 Youth/Family Comp (Saturday Nov 6th @9am).

There is more info on the BRC website at: BCS

Hope to see you this weekend!

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BCS Comp November 5th

Hey Everyone,

The ball is rolling, and the crew is starting to set for the BCS comp this friday. Can’t wait to use the new volumes! It’s like waiting for Christmas! Please remember we have two comps now to divide the adults from the kids. See you Friday! Tony
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Getting ready for the Boulder Climbing Series (BCS)

The new volumes are in for the 2010/2011 BCS Comps starting in November . Tony and the route setters have begun to lay plans for the best comp series yet. Look for more info soon on the blog, at the BRC and on our website.

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