How Mountain Biking Became an Olympic Sport

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Introduction: What is Mountain Biking?

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.

By looking at the results of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics MTB you can see how competitive this sport can be.

Why Do They Whistle in Olympic Mountain Biking

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.

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