Is Dalby an option?July 29, 2008
A network of mountain bike trails costing £400,000 was opened last year in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire – and they were reckoned good enough to be used as a possible training venue for teams taking part in the 2012 Olympic games
The question of whether the forest could host the event has now been raised after plans to use a course in Essex were dropped because the area was too flat.
The organising committee of the games is thought to prefer another site in Essex as it would be nearer London.
But the International Cycle Union has not ruled out a venue further away.
When the trails were launched last year the Forestry Commission said it hoped the all-weather network could be used for Olympic training.
The forest boasts the most extensive mountain bike trails in England covering 34 miles.
I added a short You Tube video by cortaction which shows some of the terrain. The information above came from Trevor Hayes of the Scarborough Evening News.
Whatever they decide they have plenty of time to make a decision – Beijing hasn’t started yet!