The Olympic Mountain Biking Course is now closed to the
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