Olympic MTB competition

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Andrew_Culture, 29 Jul 2012.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I thought I'd start an Olympic MTB thread. I've hacked about on an MTB since I was a teen but have no idea what a competition entails. Is it a time trail? A group race? Are there points for trick moves?

    Who are the favourites?

    Sent from a recumbent.... settee.
  2. waynegibberellins

    waynegibberellins New Member

    Good question, I'm very been on MTBs for years and did few races as a youngster. Don't think there is any time trialing, think it's all straight racing. Always enjoyed watching the tdf but never really watched much MTB racing. Remember watching some of the Sydney races and being pretty unimpressed with how flat the course was.
  3. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I only just 'got' watching Le Tour, I'm interested to see if I feel the same about MTB racing.

    Sent partially submerged beneath a cat.
  4. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    mass start, seeded gate position, cross country race in the mountains of essex. Think like to road races but off road. I'd rather watch the bmx than a cross country mtb race. Teams of three men, two women, but generally XC is every person for themselves with not much opportunity for team tactics. Overtaking opportunities can be limited so elbows may be used. more http://www.london2012.com/cycling-mountain-bike/about/index.html
  5. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Thank you!
  6. Dan151

    Dan151 Active Member

    Durham, UK
    Its open to the public after too :smile:
  7. Diggs

    Diggs Veteran

    Billericay, Essex
    Went to see the womens race yesterday. Fantastic day for the family, both this and the Olympic Park were extremely well organised. Utter respect to Emily Batty who completed the race after breaking her collarbone 4 days ago. So glad to hear this venue will be open to the public after
  8. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I was sceptical about the choice of venue but was pleasantly surprised when I watched the women's MTB race yesterday. It looked pretty selective and there were some nice technical sections to negotiate.

    I imagine that the men's race today will be pretty brutal!
  9. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
    There are probably lots of similar videos around but yesterday I bumped into this one (click ''en vidéo'') of Julien Absalon going round the course. Being a helmet cam, it doesn't really give an idea of the inclines but it does give a good overview.

    That Julie Bresset, at just 23, rode a near perfect race yesterday. The time differences between competitors were enormous, so much so that the race lacked excitement IMO. It will be interesting to see whether the time gaps are similar with the men. The course leaves nowhere to rest or recover so as long as the rider stays on the bike, it's just non-stop graft.
  10. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    She is an absolute hero.
  11. The mens race today is going to be a fantastic event, one person to keep an eye on is Jaroslav Kulhavy that man is a machine and seems unbeatable, I went to Dalby forrest in 2010 to watch him and he is just amazing, he loves to get about 2 mins ahead and no one can catch him once he has gone
  12. Cyclist33

    Cyclist33 Guest

    Ooh ooh, didn't realise it was on today! Cheers
  13. 1:30 today mate
  14. Hope you are all ready, they are lining up for the start.......remember the name Kulhavy the guy is amazing
  15. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Only just getting round to watching the womens' race now, I've never seen 'proper' MTB riding before; it's fascinating watching the techniques being used. I've ridden an MTB for twenty years but no shoot all about technique!

    Sent from.... this joke isn't funny any more...
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