It is probably the best Olympic MTB course yet

It’s less than a year since work started on the course. And it needs to be said that it’s probably the best Olympic MTB course yet in our opinion.

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While the pics chosen for the above Tweet emphasise the ‘zen garden centre’ vibe, there is plenty of tricky and testing sections tucked away along the 4km lap.

The basic stats of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic course are 4km lap with 180 metres of ascent. The racing will take place on July 27-28th 2020.

Check out the video below from Coach D (Founder of Coach D Mountain Bike Efficiency Training Systems) who was there at the test event…

Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter won the test event

Team Switzerland looking typically strong as minds are already turning towards Olympic medals, even though Tokyo 2020 is still over nine months away.

Elite Women

  1. Jolanda Neff
  2. Sina Frei
  3. Anne Terpstra

Elite Men

  1. Nino Schurter
  2. Victor Koretzky
  3. Luca Braidot

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Oh I won 😭😭😭♥️ I can’t believe it I‘m so happy. I didn‘t crash, rode a safe race on a challenging track and won with my swiss team mates placing 2nd @freisina 4th @alessandrakeller and 6th @indergandli ❤️ we‘ve been training together for years with @swisscyclingteam and @telseredi and this week it truly paid off. So many happy notes to take from this race, mainly that my bike is the best of both worlds and that I should always have a croissant for breakfast. 🥰🥐👯‍♀️ #togetherisbetter #tokyo2020 #olympicgames #testrace #swissolympicteam #trekbikes #supercaliber #trustyourtrek @swissolympicteam @swisscyclingteam @trekfactoryracingxc

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Whilst some racers will have already secured their place in their National teams for next year’s Olympics after results in the 2019 World Cups and the World Champs, most of the spots are still up for grabs. We won’t have the full Olympic squad list until sometime in the spring 2020.

As for who’s going to win, in the Elite Men’s field it’s a brave soul who bets against Nino Schurter. Even if drop-bar deity Mathieu Van Der Poel does Olympic MTB next year, the big money will be on Schurter. In the Elite WOmen’s field, despite her win in the Test Event, Jolanda Neff is not an out-and0out favourite for a gold medal. Kate Courtney, Jenny Rissveds (reigning Olympic champ), Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Maja Wloszczowska amongst half a dozen others are all very capable of taking the win.

What is the Olympic course like?

First of all, it needs to be said that it’s probably the best Olympic MTB course yet in our opinion. Check out the video below from Coach D (Founder of Coach D Mountain Bike Efficiency Training Systems) who was there at the test event…

The basic stats of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic course are 4km lap with 180 metres of ascent. The racing will take place on July 27-28th 2020.