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Olympic mountain bike course changed

United Kingdom,Sports, Thu, 05 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 5 (IANS) London 2012 games organisers have announced changes to the Olympic mountain bike course, after feedback from competitors in last year's test event.


Parts of the course, set in the grounds of Hadleigh Castle in Essex, will be widened to allow more opportunities for athletes to pass.


Several parts of the course, including the switchback climbs, have been widened and a new climb has been added into the start loop which will be used on the first 4.7 km laps of the race.


The changes came after feedback from the mountain bike test event last July.


London 2012 organisers (LOCOG) gave the riders a questionnaire to complete after the test event, and said amendments would be made after criticisms that the course was too flat and narrow.


Debbie Jevans, LOCOG's director of sport, said she was confident the largely man-made course would be one of the most technically challenging courses at an Olympic Games, and as competitive as possible due to the increased number of places where competitors could pass each other.


"It is wider and higher than for the test event and with the stunning setting of Hadleigh Farm we are looking forward to a world-class Olympic event," she was quoted as saying by Xinhua.


About 36 countries are expected to take part in the London 2012 mountain bike competition, the men's race 12 August will have 50 riders, and the women's race a day earlier will have 30 competitors.



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