Video: London 2012 Olympics mountain bike course

Complete lap of the newly completed track at Hadleigh Farm, Essex

Earlier this week we were invited to ride the newly completed mountain bike course for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Of course, we jumped at the chance and you can read our first impressions of the track at Hadleigh Farm, Essex here.

Words and pictures are one thing but you'd probably love to see the track for yourself. The public won't be able to ride the course until some time after the Games, and by then red tape and safety concerns are likely to have forced the removal of some sections.

So we've got the next best thing: a video of the entire loop. We filmed it using a bar-mounted Drift HD170 camera – look out for a review in What Mountain Bike soon – and we've sped up the footage because, frankly, 20 minutes of a BikeRadar staffer sweating his way around a field would get a bit boring. You can watch it below. Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Tickets for all the cycling events at the 2012 Games are on sale now. For more information, see BikeRadar's guide to the London 2012 Olympics.

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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