Sunday, August 12, 2012

Olympics Mountain Biking Course

I've really been enjoying the multitude of Olympic sports broadcast over the last 2 weeks, but the mountain biking really was exciting to me since I pedal my fat tire bike over 2500 miles each year, though admittedly never on a course like they had in London.  They race 18.2 miles -- 6 laps of the 3 mile course -- so the obstacles are repeated 6 times.  And the fastest women do each lap in 15 minutes, an astonishing 12 mph average.  And each lap has 500+ feet of elevation gain, too!

Here are some photos I found online to give you an idea of the course (click to enlarge):

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