The Ice Climbing World Tour circuit will continue in China from tomorrow ©UIAA

More than 80 athletes are registered to compete at the third leg of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Ice Climbing World Tour season in Hohhot.

The Chinese city, located in the Inner Mongolia region, will host three days of action from tomorrow. 

It follows on from China's first World Tour stage last season, held in capital city Beijing.

According to the UIAA, "China continues to become an important presence on the World Tour stage". 

Both lead and speed competition will be held in Hohhot on a new ice climbing structure which has been built for the competition.

The event marks the halfway point of the season with Mohammadreza Korouyeh Safdarian of Iran leading the men's lead competition after becoming the first ice climber from his country to win World Cup gold in Rabenstein in Italy last weekend.

Hohhot will host the third leg of the ice climbing season ©UIAA
Hohhot will host the third leg of the ice climbing season ©UIAA

Russia's Tomilov brothers - Alexey and Maxim - are his closest challengers.

Hannarai Song of South Korea leads the women's lead rankings but will not take part in Hohhot, so compatriot Woonseon Shin and Russia's Maria Tolokonina and Ekaterina Vlasova could take advantage.

Rabenstein winner Anton Nemov of Russia leads the men's speed rankings while compatriot Ekaterina Feoktistova is currently the one to catch in the women's event.

Lead qualification will begin the event tomorrow.

Finals in both disciplines will take place on Sunday (February 4).