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What Do You Think of the Rio 2016 Olympic XC Course?

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9/3/2015 3:29 PM


Will this be a showcase of true MTB talent and fitness, or is it just a sidewalk littered with random obstacles? Is this what it takes to make MTB look exciting on television?

"According to specialists, the Rio 2016 mountain bike course will not favor any type of rider." From the preview above, I'd say it favors a roadie with bunny hop skills. Then again, I'm no specialist...

9/3/2015 4:33 PM

hmmm. while i dig the aesthetic of the golf course look, i'll take "Favors a roadie with bunny hop skills" for $500 please, Alex.

here's andorra this weekend by comparison


9/3/2015 5:51 PM

There were some pretty scary rocks on the side of the course. Looks Enduro worthy. How's the Olympic DH track?


9/4/2015 6:04 PM

It reminds me of those hokey "off-road" obstacle courses in the middle of parking lots where you demo a Jeep or some other SUV. "Try it out and see how capable it is!" SMDH


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

10/31/2015 11:25 AM

The Rio XC course is what almost all legal trail building looks like to me.

Step one: slash and burn, level the earth, mass destruction, remove all obstacles or variations.
Step two: add obstacles back in.

This style of trail building looks like Michael Jackson's plastic surgery. It's not natural, it's not pretty, it's really obvious, and it makes anyone with a modicum of taste recoil and vomit in their mouth.


10/31/2015 12:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/31/2015 12:24 PM

sspomer wrote:

hmmm. while i dig the aesthetic of the golf course look, i'll take "Favors a roadie with bunny hop skills" for $500 please, ...more

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Here is the Rio Carnage, hehe

10/31/2015 4:55 PM

something funny looking about the Olympic symbol....


12/23/2015 2:45 PM

The plot thickens...

From Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Did corruption lead to the construction of Rio 2016 BMX and mountain bike venues?

"Brazil’s attorney general is investigating charges that a construction company paid bribes to a legislator to secure contracts to build the Rio de Janeiro 2016 BMX and mountain bike venues.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot accused Eduardo Cunha, who is the speaker of the lower house in Brazil’s two-chamber legislature, of receiving $475,000 from the construction company OAS to use “his position as a lawmaker to craft business-friendly legislation that was against the public interest.” OAS has had a hand in building the BMX, mountain bike and canoeing venues, along with other infrastructure projects.

Janot’s report alleged that the legislation gave tax exempt status to Olympic-related construction works and foreign goods needed for the Olympic Games. OAS is only one company that might have paid off Cuhna.

While OAS had yet to comment on the accusations, Cunha has characterized them as “ridiculous.” Cunha has been at the centre of an effort to impeach President Dilma Rousseff after being elected to speaker earlier this year.

It is now up to the Brazilian Supreme Court to decide whether to accept the case.

The charges are an embarrassment to the chief executive officer of Rio’s Olympic organizing committee, Sidney Levy, who assured the world that Rio 2016 would be corruption free. In early December International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach revealed that the IOC would start auditing money it gives to Olympic Games’ organizing committees, having given the Rio committee $1.5 billion."


12/23/2015 2:56 PM

that's pretty gnarly.


1/16/2016 12:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2016 12:30 PM

Cyclocross is making is way back!