As 2020 is now firmly with us, we welcome the first year in history where indoor climbing is in the Olympic Games, we have our most exciting year ahead of us in the climbing gym industry.
We all know how it’s been growing, from the dark and dingy days of what was really an underground movement to the bright, modern and colourful world we know it as today. It’s clear that the UK market is particularly happy and with most gyms increasing their investment, either in new walls, new holds or refurbishing their existing walls. We have had a real boom in the last five years in the UK and this curve continues to grow.
At Serious Climbing, we are gearing up for what is about to happen – The Olympic Games, this summer in Tokyo. With the IFSC already publishing it’s ‘Catalogue T20’ – it’s a list of all the holds, macros and volumes to be used in this year’s Tokyo 2020 competition we know we are in for a busy year. In fact, Serious Climbing distributes 7 of the 9 brands that are going to Tokyo, including Volx who exclusively make the official Speed Climbing set of holds.
But, with such growth comes some unique issues that are unfolding as we enter this next level of our industry. So, we would want to inform you about sooner rather than later. As orders for new holds, macros and volumes continue to accelerate the pressure on the production facilities has also increased. We are currently seeing bigger queues and longer delivery times from all factories from all the brands. This is now affecting new gym openings, events and where you have a deadline that matters.
So, we are advising that you get on top of your orders and plan early for your 2020 projects. If you are opening a new gym or you have a major extension then you should be planning your hold, macro and volume order as early as the build itself. We aren’t saying you should have the holds delivered that early, but they should be produced and then be scheduled in for delivery for when you need them. As experts in all things indoor climbing we are on hand to help. Talk to us about your projects and let us guide you through the challenges that our industry faces. Where 8 weeks was once enough time we are advising 16 weeks to be more realistic.
With huge demand already ramping up, we know that when the Olympics happens and potentially everyone with access to a TV set gets to tune in then we will see the biggest boom in wall building, refurbishments and participation our sport has ever seen.
NEW FLATHOLD VOLUMES
We’re excited to be able to bring you the new Olympic volumes from Flathold; the Borderline (6 volumes) and Golden Leaves (5 volumes) ranges. We’re also expecting some new holds to be released by Flathold later in the year so stay tuned! If you’d like to be the first to order the new volumes then just get in touch!
In case you missed it, here’s the T20 Catalogue!
If you’d like the latest order form just drop us an email, it’s time to start planning your years needs now, so that you get what you want, when you need it. We can help you with budgeting and structuring you refurbishment or circuit upgrades over the next 12 months.