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London 2012 course named by schoolchildren

Chelmer Valley High School Ed Humphreys named this section The Rabbit Hole

Four sections of the London 2012 mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm, Essex, have been named The Rabbit Hole, Leap of Faith, Deanes Drop and The Breathtaker by local schoolchildren.

The 5km track was completed in March, with rocky, root-strewn drop-offs, tight, single track ascents and lightning-fast, swooping berms built by course designer Martin Seddon and his four-strong team.

And, with a test event planned for July 31, the course continues to take shape following a competition, run as part of the London 2012 Get Set programme, to name key technical sections.

The Leap of Faith drop-off was named by Baddow Junior School, while the rocky Deanes Drop descent was named by the Deanes School.

The Breathtaker climb was chosen by pupils at Hadleigh Junior School, while The Rabbit Hole, named by Chelmer Valley High School, is the tunnel section pictured left.

“The cyclists have to go over the top, go round the corner and then come back through,” Chelmer Valley student Ed Humphreys told Inside the Games.

“So I came up with the name ‘rabbit hole’ because that’s what a rabbit would do. It feels a great privilege to have that name seen across the world and I’m really pleased about it.”

The Hadleigh Farm International will see approximately 100 of the world’s top riders, from 40-50 countries, take part in July’s dress rehearsal.

Tickets, which go on sale through Ticketmaster from May 26, will cost between £10 and £20, giving fans the chance to sample world-class cross-country action 12 months before the Games.


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