Not long now until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and we can sit back and watch with bated breath the unfolding events.
The outstanding performance of Bradley Wiggins saw him become the winner of the Tour De France, the first win by a British Cyclist, ever. He and team mate Matt Goss who took second place have done much for British cycling and all eyes will be on the cycling events that are part of the 2012 Olympic championship.
Cycling is a large part of the Olympics with 18 events in total with 500 athletes expected to take part. It was only in 1996 that Mountain Biking made its debut in the Atlanta games. Since then it has continued to be an exciting part of Olympic events.
For all us fans of Mountain Biking there are two races for us to follow. The Mountain Biking Cross Country will be the third cycling event taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, the Womens and Mens Cross Country respectively.
Hadleigh Farm in Essex has been chosen as the race course. Organisers have said "we are confident that the London 2012 Course remains one of the most technically challenging courses at an Olympic Game, whilst we have ensured that it is as competitive as it can be by increasing the number of places where competitors can pass each other". Some changes were made to the course after feedback from racers in the Olympic test run last year. It is now wider for more passing room includes more technical features and more climbs.
For the cross country cyclists, they have to complete 8 laps of the Olympic course. The course is said to be challenging because it is full of quick descents and steep climbs, the incline is equivalent of the height of Ben Nevis. The course itself is 4.7 km long and the race lasts just under 2 hours.
Very light weight bikes are required to make ascending the hills easier but they have to be strong enough to withstand the rocky descents. Successful mountain bikers need great reserves of stamina to stay ahead of the pack and nerves of steel as they race at speed across rough and hilly terrain and hurtle down daunting descents. Crashes are common!
Julien Absalon won gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Julien Absalon is a French Cross Country mountain biker and he is bidding for a third win, making it a hat trick at Londons 2012 event.
21 year old Annie Last will be making her Olympic debut, the only British woman who took part in the qualifying event.
For the men we have 4 times British Champion Liam Killeen, aged 30. He came 7th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after being tipped for a gold medal he had a lot of catching up to do after flipping off his bike.
We wish both Annie and Liam the best of British luck.