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With the Olympics fast approaching and because cycling has become such a big sport for Britain in particular in recent times it’s great to see so many people out on their bikes. We will be watching all the cycling we can but we are especially interested in the Mountain Biking discipline as it is being held just down the road from us in Southend.
Much like BMX, Mountain Biking is a young sport that has risen to worldwide popularity at an amazing rate. Fast, furious and occasionally downright terrifying, the sport developed in northern California during the 1970s. However, it quickly spread from its low-key beginnings and now has a huge following around the globe, which has only grown since its arrival on the Olympic programme in the 1990s.
A new Mountain Bike course will be provided in Hadleigh Farm, Southend, Essex, with temporary grandstands and facilities to be built in the run-up to the 2012 Games.
The venue 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 and great viewing opportunities for spectators. The course is set against the backdrop of the 700-year-old ruins of Hadleigh Castle.
Hope you enjoy the Olympics and get to see some of the Mountain Biking.