The decision will have come as a blow to London Organising Committee (Locog) but it appears that all may not be lost for the county that has produced sporting champions of the calibre of Sally Gunnell, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Sir Alf Ramsey.
Speaking exclusively to BikeRadar, the UCI’s Mountain Bike Sports Co-ordinator, Peter van den Abeele, said: “You don’t necessarily need to have real mountains to stage this event, it all depends on the course. The most important thing is to find a suitable venue and we will find one: that could be one and a half or three hours' drive from
The options within the county are limited, however, with Epping Forest being seen as the only viable alternative to
One option could be the Chilterns but maybe you’ve got your own suggestions – if so post them below.