Olympic Mountain-Bike Course Gets Harder

After trial race, riders wanted more hills

A rider at the 2011 Olympic course trial race

A rider at the 2011 Olympic course trial race     Photo: Britainglishman/Flickr

Organizers for the upcoming London Olympic games have made the course for men's and women's cross-country mountain-biking tougher. The course, which covers just under three miles on the campus of Hadleigh Farm in Essex, will now include more climbing and wider passing lanes. Organizers held a trial event in July, then collected feedback from racers. "It is wider and higher than for the test event and with [a] stunning setting," London 2012 official Debbie Jevans said. Thirty women and fifty men are expected to compete on August 11 and 12.

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