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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 12:30 PM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Cross-country

1:38:42 (16th)

1:33:28 (36th)


Nino Schurter (SUI)
Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE)
Carlos Coloma Nicolas (ESP)

(Local) / 12:30 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Women's Cross-country

1:30:15 (25th)


Jenny Rissveds (SWE)
Maja Wloszczowska (POL)
Catharine Pendrel (CAN)

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Strength, endurance, precision and the elements collide on the Deodoro dirt

Hurtling down the rugged terrain of the Deodoro Mountain Bike Track is set to put Australia and the world’s best’s to the test in Rio. The athletes will complete a series of 4.8km long laps around a course that will feature steep climbs, tricky descents and no doubt test the skill, balance and endurance of those looking to add their names to the record books.

Introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games, the cross country-event has been dominated by the Europeans who have claimed every gold medal on offer. Legend of the sport and current world number one Frenchman Julien Absalon will look to win his third gold medal in the sport in Rio.  

Men to watch: Daniel McConnell is Australia’s best hope of a mountain bike medal in Rio. McConnell competed in his first Games in London where he finished 21st before winning bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He has gone from strength to strength since and is currently ranked just outside the top ten in the world. He will be joined by Olympic debutant Scott Bowden who has been steadily rising up the ranks in the sport. 

Women to watch: Rebecca Henderson will have the benefit of Olympic experience at her second Games appearance after being selected as Australia's women's representative for Rio 2016. Henderson began the Olympic year in fine form having won the Oceania Championship before claiming her first World Cup podium.

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Men: 41 quota places will be distributed through the UCI ranking by nation that takes into account results from the past 24 months. Those nations ranked 1-5 will receive three spots, those ranked 6-13 will receive two and those ranked 14-23 will receive one. 

Australia were ranked 8th when the rankings closed and as a result qualfied two men's athletes for Rio. 

Women: 25 quota places will be distributed through the UCI ranking by nation that takes into account results from the past 24 months. Those nations ranked 1-8 will receive two spots and those ranked 9-17 will receive one. 

Australia were ranked 15th when the rankings closed and as a result qualfied one women's athletes for Rio. 

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Nomination to the AOC

To be eligible for nomination to the AOC, all athletes must participate in a minimum of two UCI World Cup Events in both 2015 and 2016.

Following the confirmation of quota spots to Australia from the UCI, if Australia qualifies two or more positions in the Men’s BMX event at the 2016 Olympic Games, then any Australian athlete that is placed inside the top 3 on the UCI Elite Men Mountain Bike World Cup ranking system and recorded a top 3 performance in any 2016 UCI World Cup round will be eligible for automatic nominated to the AOC for selection. Should more than two athletes satisfy this requirement, CA will identify athletes for nomination in accordance with their Discretionary nomination process.

Following the confirmation of quota spots to Australia from the UCI, if Australia qualifies two or more positions in the Women’s BMX event at the 2016 Olympic Games, then any Australian athlete that is placed inside the top 3 on the UCI Elite Women Mountain Bike Would Cup Ranking and recorded a top 3 performance in any 2016 UCI World Cup, or who has won a UCI Women’s Mountain Bike World Cup event will be eligible for automatic nomination to the AOC. Should more than two athletes satisfy this requirement, CA will identify athletes for nomination in accordance with their Discretionary nomination process.

Subject to the automatic nominations above, CA will identify athletes for nomination to the AOC at their absolute discretion taking into consideration an athletes’ performances in specified events during the Performance Time Period. In making this decision, CA will take into consideration a series of event and performance analysis factors.

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Selection by the AOC

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Appeals Tribunal Chair

Tony Nolan SC
Email: anolan@vicbar.com.au
Phone: 03 9225 7132

Competition Format & Events

Competitors complete laps of an undulating race circuit designed to produce a specific winning time rather than a specific distance. Races are over 40-50km for men, and 30-40km for women. The riders start together and must complete a set number of laps of the course. The winner is the first past the finish line. The number of laps depends on the track and weather conditions and a decision on the number of laps can be made by organisers at the latest two hours before the start of the race to determine the optimum finish time- 2hr 15min for men, 2hr for women.

Men and women compete separately and riders are seeded on a starting grid according to their current world ranking.

Australia and Olympic Cycling - Mountain Bike

Australia is yet to win a medal in Olympic mountain bike racing despite the nation’s strength in the sport. Since its Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and Australia’s cycling champion Cadel Evans contested the men’s event finishing ninth. Evans competed in cross country again at the Sydney 2000 Games, bettering his result to seventh before switching to road at the Beijing Games. Australia’s best performing female has been dual Olympian Mary Grigson who placed sixth at the Sydney 2000 Games.

Did you know

  • Italy's Paola Pezzo and France's Julien Absalon have both won two mountain bike gold medals making them the most successful athletes in the sport.
  • Mountain Bike was introduced as a discipline at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and has been a part of each Games since. 

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