The Venue: Hadleigh Farm in Essex
The first Olympic Mountain Bike Race took place at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta Georgia, USA, making this year mountain biking’s fourth Olympic appearance. It may also be introducing the least mountainous Olympic mountain bike course to date. That doesn’t mean that the race will be easy, however, as course designers and race organizers have worked hard to make the course technical with short rock gardens and soft grassy sections, which could be quite soft if the weather is wet.
The guys at bikeradar.com got to ride the finished course last year, here is a “fast forward” video of what they saw:
Here is the map of the 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike Venue in Hadleigh Farm in Essex:
2012 Olympic Mountain Bike Race Schedule for both the Men’s and Women’s Event: