As host for the 2012 Olympics, London is right on track with the new venue for mountain biking. Located in Hadleigh Farm, Essex, the site encompasses 550 acres of rough terrain, hilly trails and challenging routes. Normally, mountain biking runs in forested areas. This is a first to have it run on an open hillside. Possible factors for this decision could be visibility; spectators can now view a large part of the course from several locations.
A test event will be conducted sometime in the middle of 2011. The venue will be tested on some key features already in place. The race will be on August 11-12, 2012. There are 50 contenders for the two gold medals up for grabs. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) partners with the Essex County Council to finish the construction of the venue that began last July.
The competition involves a 30km to 40km run for women and a 40km to 50km for the men’s division. A series of laps must be completed and whoever crosses the finish line first gets the coveted Olympic medal.