Young riders to get first crack at racing Hadleigh Olympic course

John Stevenson John Stevenson

The first riders to race on the Olympic cross-country course post the Games will be the under-16 competitors at the British Cycling Under-16 Inter-Regional MTB Championship over the weekend of October 5-7.

Annie Last rides in the Olympic women’s mountain bike race at Hadleigh Farm, Essex. Young riders will get the chance to literally follow in Last’s wheel tracks when Hadleigh Farm hosts the British Cycling Under-16 Inter-Regional MTB Championship
Image: © Phil O’Connor/British Cycling

 

According to the BBC, some modifications will be made to the course before the event. The technical sections of the track at Hadleigh farm claimed several scalps, including British rider Liam Killeen who sustained a broken ankle in a crash on the wall ride section.

Stephen Castle, of Essex County Council, said: “It is great to know that young British mountain bikers who have been watching Team GB’s cycling success at the London 2012 Games and the world’s best compete at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, will not only be inspired by the performances of the athletes they have seen, but also by knowing they could be the first to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike venue after the London 2012 Games have gone.”

The inaugural MTB Inter Regional Championship was run in 2011 in Wharnclifffe Woods, Sheffield as part of the UK School Games. Essex County Council has said it hopes Hadleigh Farm will provide an inspirational venue for the first standalone event.

Gary Coltman, manager of British Cycling’s talent programme, said: “The championship event is a very new event to our youth competition programme.

“Having the opportunity to stage it at a venue that will very soon be regarded as one of the best mountain bike courses in the world, can only be fantastic for the young athletes.”

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