Wales has the mountains that Essex lacks, says Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price
A Plaid Cymru MP has called for the 2012 Olympic mountain biking event to be switched to Wales because it offers an "essential requirement" - mountains.
Plaid's sports spokesman Adam Price has questioned public money being spent on building a new track in Essex.
Cycling experts had criticised an earlier proposed course in the county for not being challenging enough.
Mr Price said any event should instead be held at the "excellent" facilities at Margam, near Port Talbot.
Mountain biking was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games and is staged over a 40-50km course for men and 30-40km for women.
The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP said Wales, with Scotland and parts of England, already had "international standard" courses and tracks.
At Commons question time Mr Price said: "Given the fact that international standard cross country mountain bike tracks are in Wales, Scotland and the North and the West, why is public money being used to create a new track in Essex which lacks one of the key essential requirements for mountain biking - mountains?"
Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe told him: "I understand there are few hills in Essex.
"But you make a fair point in that we need to try and make sure the recent review of Sport England works.
"That is to talk to the governing bodies of sports so when they deliver their plans ... they will include the benefit of everybody in different types of sport."