The Circuit Lead Climber of the Year 2017. Romain Desgranges
Reinvention is a difficult thing. Now a veteran of over 100 World Cups, French star Romain Desgranges has proven a master of it. With the style of routes evolving over the years it would have been easy for Romain to slip from contention, instead he rose to the top of his game.
In his mid 30’s and with a child, Romain still manages to train as hard as ever and in 2017 all that training paid off. Up against a strong field, often 10 years or more his junior, he showed that ability blended with experience is more than a match for youth. Beginning his season with victory in Campitello di Fassa at the European champs, he went on to take three victories at World Cup level on his way to his first overall title!
Congratulations Romain, on being The Circuit’s Lead climber of 2017!
Honorable mention goes to Janja Garnbret (don’t worry, she gets an award later), Jain Kim, Anak, Verhoeven, Stefano Ghisolfi and Jakob Schubert who all had superb seasons as well!