2012 Games


The Olympic Mountain Biking Course is now closed to the public

The Course - The Salvation Army's Hadleigh Farm in Essex was chosen because it fulfils requirements as a technically challenging course. The terrain is hilly with open grass land covered by low shrubbery. The site offers some fantastic gradients for mountain biking, great viewing opportunities for spectators, and is set against the backdrop of the 700-year-old ruins of Hadleigh Castle. 

The Event - The event is held as a straightforward single race around the course with the riders all starting together and the winner being the first to cross the finish line. The Men's event sees 50-60 competitors complete a distance of 40-50km (25-30 miles) and the Women's event sees 30-40 riders complete a distance of 30-40km (20-25 miles), typically around 4-5 laps of the course are completed.

Legacy - Essex County Council and The Salvation Army remain committed to delivering a lasting, beneficial legacy from the London 2012 Mountain Bike Events at Hadleigh Farm. This will involve the development of specific legacy proposals for the area - separate to the plans for the Olympic Mountain Bike Venue.

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Team GB Mountain Bikers meet the trainees