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Olympics Betting: Cycling Mountain Bike

Tokyo 2020 | 24 July – 8 August | Multiple Rounds & Events

Olympics Cycling Mountain Bike History

Mountain bike Cross-Country (MTB Cross-Country) was adopted as an official Olympic sport at the Atlanta 1996 Games. Cross-country races are held on undulating circuits and courses tests the skills of riders while also making for great spectator entertainment.

Cycling Mountain Bike at Tokyo 2020

The new 4,100m off-road Izu Mountain Bike Course has a vertical height difference of 150m and is set to be harder than previous Olympic courses. Various sections of the course have been given names including Amagigoe, Joren-no-taki, Hashi, Wasabi, Odorikohodo and Karesansui, according to their different characteristics. On different parts of the course, spectators will also witness sweeping views of Mt. Fuji.

Olympic Cycling Mountain Bike: How it Works

The MTB Cross-Country course requires both strength and skill. It takes riders between 90–105 minutes to navigate the course, which consists of four to six kilometres of mostly narrow dirt single-track trails with steep ascents and descents and rocky sections. There are also feed areas where riders can fix bikes and eat and/or drink.

The race features a mass start and multiple laps with the first rider to complete the required laps winning gold. However, riders whose time is 80 per cent slower than that of the race leader’s first lap are eliminated.

Olympics Betting: Cycling Mountain Bike

In terms of Olympics betting on cycling mountain bike events, one rider with an impressive history in the men’s event is Switzerland’s Nino Schurter. After winning a bronze medal at Beijing 2008, he went on to win silver at London 2012 then gold four years later at Rio 2016.

In 2019, he won the World Championships for the eighth time, and has the ability to adapt well to any course. Schurter also gave a gold-winning performance at the Test Event held in 2019, so will be looking to continue his strong performance in Tokyo.

Other riders hoping to be on the podium include Netherlands’ Mathieu van der Poel, France’s Victor Koretzky and Luca Braidot of Italy.

Jenny Rissveds (Sweden), who won gold at the Rio 2016 Games, and 2018 Elite World Champion Kate Courtney (USA), who was also the 2019 UCI World Cup series winner, are both hot contenders for gold in the women’s event. Jolanda Neff of Switzerland, who won the Test Event last year with compatriot Sina Frei taking second and UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France will also be pushing for a medal, making for an intense battle in Izu.

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