London 2012 Olympics

 Mountain Bike Racing

2012 Olympic Mountain Bike course launched
The London Organising Committee (LOCOG) revealed the partially completed mountain bike course for the 2012 London Olympic Games late last week. The 550-acre Hadleigh Farm, near Basildon, Essex, in the United Kingdom will host the race

Construction began in July and is expected to be finished in the spring of 2011. The venue consists of open, grassy hillsides and has few natural technical features.

London 2012 Olympic discipline and a course that will test the world's finest Mountain Bike riders.

Organizers have brought in 500,000 tonnes of rock and are building technical obstacles and drops to challenge racers.

The course will have 70m in elevation gain - more elevation change than that of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, according to Bike Radar. In total, the course will cost 800,000 pounds to build.

The course, which is on land owned by the Salvation Army and Essex County, will be about 5km in length and is expected to accommodate 20,000 spectators. It is being delivered by Essex County Council in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

The course is great - much hillier than I expected," said Maddie Horton, who won the silver medal at the 2010 British National Championships, to Breaking Travel News. "I've ridden World Cup courses before, and this is definitely up there with the toughest."

The Olympic distance cross country mountain bike race will take place on August 11-12, 2012. Approximately 50 men and 30 women will compete for Olympic medals in a two-hour race. A pre-Olympic test event is expected to be run on the course as early as the summer of 2011.

Luna Pro Georgia Gould 

US Olympic mountain bike team
Throughout most of 2011, the nation's best racers will be vying for a spot on the Olympic Games Long Team. Up to 10 men and 10 women will be selected based on performances between January 1 and December 1, 2011. A racer can earn a spot on the Long Team by finishing in the top 10 at the 2011 cross country mountain bike Worlds in Champery, Switzerland, or by finishing in the top 10 at any World Cup during the Long Team Qualification Period.

A racer can also earn a spot by being ranked in the top three at the end of the US Pro XCT series. Space still permitting, racers with a ranking in the top 60 of the world as of December 1, 2011 will be eligible for the Long Team. Should more than 10 racers meet the aforementioned criteria, World Cup rankings will be the decider. If 10 racers do not meet the criteria, USAC may select additional nominees per its

Making the Long Team is just the first step toward making the final Olympic team. The best way to get a spot on the start line in London, England, is for a racer to finish in the top five at the 2011 Worlds and then prove to the selectors that he or she is maintaining his or her form thereafter. Should more than one man or woman meet this goal, the top athlete will be chosen.

American Champion Todd Wells

Another way to make the final team is to win a cross country World Cup event during the final qualification period of January 1 to May 22, 2012, and then prove to selectors that form has been maintained accordingly. Should more than one man or woman meet this criterium, the rider with the highest World Cup ranking gets the nod.

If places are still open on the final team, racers who finish in the top five in a World Cup during the final qualification period will be considered with the World Cup ranking again serving as the decider. After that, selectors will look to the top ranked US racer in the World Cup as of May 31, 2012, but only if that rider is in the top 15 overall.
Mary McConneloug

Should the automatic final team selection criteria enumerated above somehow not suffice to fill the squad, USA Cycling may invoke discretionary criteria. Discretionary criteria include factors like medal capability, recent history of strong international competition, capability of enhancing future team performance and future medal capability.

All mountain bike Olympians must reach the age of 19 in the year of the Olympic Games

Emily Batty
See You At The Games 2012!


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