Here is information regarding Laoshan Mountain
Bike Course, located in Shijingshan District of Western Beijing. The
venue will hold mountain bike event in Beijing Olympics 2008.
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
|Shijingshan District, Beijing
|Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, located in
Shijingshan District of Western Beijing, is a venue holding cycling
event in Beijing Olympics 2008. It lies adjacent to Laoshan
Velodrome, another Olympic venue. The place has been developed as an
Olympic venue while maintaining the original landscapes and plants.
The course is uneven since mountain bikes use flat tires. The zigzag
and sloping path will challenge the skills of the mountain cyclists
and provide the audience with a brilliant international cycling
The venue holds temporary seating facility for 2,000 spectators.
The seats would be removed once the games are over.
The fixed building at the venue has the floor space of 8,275 square
metres. The course is 4.6 kilometres in circumference.
Groundbreaking date of the venue was May 31, 2006.
Renovation and Expansion
Renovation and expansion program in Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
commenced in May 2006. The project involved a competition course, a
fixed building, a temporary spectator stand and other temporary
facilities for competitions. For the construction of the course,
natural landscape of Laoshan Mountain has been used. Instead of
using concrete and steel for consolidation, weaving bags with soil
in them have been utilized. For enhancing enjoyment value, the
course has been shortened and difficulties increased. Fixtures for
the starting and finishing areas have been made.
Adjacent to the Fifth Ring Road in the west and neighboring
Shijingshan Amusement Park, Laoshan Mountain Biking Course features
easy access to the subway and road transportation.
Pre Olympics Event
As a part of Good Luck Beijing 2007, International Mountain Bike
Invitational Competition was held on September 22, 2007.
The course will be used as the training center for China's national
cycling team. It will be open to the general public for exercise.
As part of renovation program, major reforestation work in the
surroundings of Laoshan was undertaken. A lot of trees have been
planted to enhance the natural view of the Olympic venue.