Mountain biking Olympic course better than ever

Following test events at the official Olympic mountain biking course, the track and facilities have been improved to ensure spectators enjoy the best action.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed that a number of changes have been made at the Hadleigh Farm venue including additional features to make the track even harder for the riders and to push their talents to the limit.

It was decided that the introduction of a new climb on the starting loop of the course would be used on the initial laps to help increase the difficulty and potentially enhance the races for the spectators.

Debbie Jevans, director of sport at LOCOG explained: "These changes to the course have been implemented after feedback from the elite athletes following the test event.

"We are confident that the London 2012 course remains one of the most technically challenging courses at an Olympic Games, whilst we have ensured that it is as competitive as it can be by increasing the number of places where competitors can pass each other."

She added that the venue is now anticipating a "world class" mountain biking competition. Mountain biking has been an official Olympic sport since its introduction to the Atlanta games in 1996.

Visitors enjoying London hotel deals during the forthcoming Olympics may already have tickets to watch the mountain biking action which lasts two days starting on August 11th. Alternatively, spectators can head to the Mall to watch the start and finish of the men's road race on July 28th and the women's competition the following day.

Spectators are welcome along the route which takes in a number of iconic London sights including Putney Bridge, Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace before heading out towards Surrey and then returning for the much-anticipated sprint to the finish along the Mall.

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