Cyclingnews' guide to Olympic XC mountain bike racing

London Games will be the fifth time the discipline has featured

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Mountain biking is a relatively young Olympic sport. First included in 1996 in Atlanta, it has also been part of the 2000 Games in Sydney, the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing. Although the ever-evolving sport encompasses a variety of disciplines, only cross country racing is part of the Olympic mountain bike experience. Those who favour marathon, short track or gravity racing are out of luck.

Many of the world's fastest cross country racers will line up at Hadleigh Farm in Essex for the 2012 Olympic cross country race. The women will race on Saturday, August 11 at 12:30 pm local time while the men will take to the off-road track on Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 pm.

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