April 20, 2012 – Get an inside look at the London 2012 Olympic MTB course in a video on theglobeandmail.com featuring footage of some of the technical elements on the loop that has been recently revised. Canada’s Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) had a stopover in England, which she used to check out the changes earlier this week after her big World Cup win in Belgium.
“It was pretty cool to be analyzing lines through a rock garden with all of the fastest riders in the world. Marie [Helene-Premont], Emily [Batty] and I went out for a couple laps together which was fantastic, although post-race sleeps make me hazardous on a bike and I made the call for a short training day,” wrote Pendrel in her latest blog.
“Tuesday, Emily [Batty] and I were back out on course racing each other through the A & B lines and into corners for a better appreciation of how the race may play out August 11th. The course is fast and a lot of fun with several gap jumps and rock drops as well as switch backing and power climbs. Since the test event, there have been some significant changes with a climb being extended, the base on the main climb altered, 2 rock garden descents added and the course widened for passing. I think it is a challenging course that will test the riders physically and technically and be an amazing show to watch,” wrote Pendrel.
View the video HERE.