Mountain biking was introduced as an Olympic sport at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were four events: cross country (XCO), downhill (DHI), trials, and combined.
So Yes, mountain biking is an Olympic sport, and has been since the 1996 Olympics.
How Mountain Biking Became an Olympic Sport in 1996
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the governing body that decides which sports to include in the Olympic Games. The International Cycling Federation (UCI) is the only cycling organization recognized by the IOC.
The UCI has been lobbying for mountain biking to be included in the Olympics and finally, they succeeded. The first time mountain biking was included in an Olympic event was 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
How Long is the Mountain Biking Course in the Olympics
The course used for mountain biking in the Olympics is 4.1 kilometers, or 2.5 miles long. The peak height is around 490 feet and the course involves everything from dirt trails to rocky terrain.
Here is some footage on YouTube that shows how intense the course really is.
The whistling sound is a common question for anyone who has watched Olympic Mountain Biking. The whistle is used to alert other riders of their presence on the course. Since they are descending on a mountain at high speeds, this is an important safety measure to keep the riders safe.
I am a mountain biker among other things and I enjoy writing about both topics I know but also about new things about mountain bikes that I learn.
If you enjoy tackling trails and tracks and everything in between, then this is the blog for you.