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Mountain Bike

Mountain bike at Rio 2016

Mountain Bike at the Olympic Games
Mountain Bike at the Olympic Games

Date: August 20 and 21
Venue: Deodoro Olympic Park
Medal events: two (men 1, women 1)
Spectator capacity: 5,000 seated plus 20,000 standing
Test event: October 9-11, 2015

Event Schedule - MTB - (Correct at 06.06.2016)

More about Mountain Biking at Rio 2016.

A short history

Mountain bike developed in northern California during the 1970s when cyclists began to fit out their bicycles with wider tyres, rapid-shift gears and ground-breaking suspension components. From its low-key beginnings, the sport quickly spread around the world. Cross-country mountain bike made its Olympic debut at the Atlanta 1996 Games.


Competition format

The mountain bike events for both men and women are mass start events. Riders are seeded into a starting grid according to their current UCI ranking. They complete one start loop, followed by a specified number of laps of the course. The winner is the first to cross the finish line.

Mountain Bike at the Olympic Games


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