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It's Rio for 2016; Chicago DNFs in First Round

Had Chicago won its bid for the 2016 Olympics, the MTB venue would have been in Wisconsin. Rio's mountain bike venue hosted the 2007 Pan American games, where Adam Craig took gold.

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 summer Olympics, with Chicago’s bid DNFing in the first round of balloting on Friday morning.

Tokyo was dropped in the second round. Runner up was Madrid with Rio being picked by Olympic officials in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday.

The 2016 mountain bike venue will be at Rio’s Morro do Outeiro, the site of the 2007 Pan American Games races. Morro do Outeiro, or Outeiro Hill, is not far from the city center. At the 2007 Pan Am Games, American Adam Craig won the men’s field and Catharine Pendrel of Canada won the women’s race.

The Chicago bid included a thumbnail on the mountain bike competition. The race would have been held at Tyrol Basin, a ski and mountain bike area in Wisconsin that features 91 meters of vertical elevation and open terrain, according to the Chicago bid.

Meanwhile, the 2012 summer Olympics will be in London, with the men’s 40-50km and women’s 30-40km mountain bike events held at Hadleigh Farm in Essex. The venue, 45 minutes from the Olympic Village, is the alternative to the original site, Weald Country Park. The change came because of need for a more technical and challenging course, according to the London Olympic group’s web site.

“Our technical experts believe [Hadleigh Farm] meets all the requirements of an Olympic Mountain Biking course with a range of elevations that will provide a challenging course for competitors,” said Pat McQuaid, President of UCI.

The course will be set against the backdrop of the 700-year-old ruins of Hadleigh Castle.

Click here to see where the 2012 Olympic mountain biking will be held.