“Legacy” was one of the linchpins of London’s bid for the 2012 Games and the Legacy being left by the mountain biking is very important to me. The venue, Hadleigh Farm, is just a few miles from my front door and whilst I’m pretty keen to ride the course myself, I am really excited about the prospect of seeing my children ride here. “Inspire a Generation” has been one of the main taglines of these games and even though my two are a bit too young to have fully appreciated what’s been going on, the legacy left behind by the site at Hadleigh Farm is sure to do just that.
The event was just incredible to see. I remeber the first public consultation meetings where the negativity from a minority of local people was quite unbelievable. I am so proud of everyone involved in proving the doubters completely wrong and hosting a truely world class event. Particular praise must go to the Games Makers who gave up their time to make London 2012 pretty damn special.
Oh, there was a race too. After a great start from Britian’s Annie Last, leading the field for the first lap, Gold was won by France’s Julie Bresset with German Sabine Spitz and American Georgia Gould taking Silver and Bronze. Annie finished a very respectable 8th which considering this is only her third year completing at this level is fantastic. Watch out for her at Rio 2016. GO ANNIE!