- 20 Jan 2004
- IOC News
Athens 2004: qualifications for mountain biking
Based on the International Cycling Union (UCI)’s ranking at 31.12.2003, and the results of the Continental Championships 2003 (excluding the European Championships), the UCI has allocated places to the countries qualified for the mountain bike events of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens.
Thirty-two countries qualified
Thirty-two countries have qualified for this discipline. Germany is the only country that will be represented with the maximum of six cyclists. Switzerland, Poland and Canada will have five athletes at the starting line. Among the men, 48 places out of 50 have been allocated to date; while among the women, the 30-rider contingent has already been selected.
Atlanta Games in 1996
Appearing at the Atlanta Games in 1996 as an Olympic discipline, mountain biking will again be present in Athens in 2004. The men’s and women’s competitions will take place on 27 and 28 August 2004 at the Parnitha Olympic Mountain Bike Venue, on Mount Parnitha.
Cross-country takes place on a route that is generally very hilly and sometimes mountainous. Men cycle between 40 and 50 km, and women between 30 and 40 km. The exact distances are determined by officials the day before the race.
Learn more on Athens 2004
Official website of Athens 2004
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