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Olympics 2012: Kids picked to name mountain bike course

Great Britain team mountain bike rider descending part of the Olympic mountain bike course at Hadleigh

Four sections of the Olympic mountain bike course in Essex have been named in a competition for schools.

The features of the three-mile course in Hadleigh will now be known as Rabbit Hole, Leap of Faith, Deanes Drop and The Breathtaker.

The pupils who came up with the winning names also won their schools a guided tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Meanwhile, mountain bike riders will try out the Olympic course for the first time at a test event on 31 July.

The Leap of Faith is a steep drop through a wooded area at the south of the course, and was named by Baddow Junior School, in Essex.

Pupils from the Hadleigh Junior School will the name of their section on the Olympic mountain bike course in Hadleigh
Pupils from the nearby Hadleigh Junior School were among the winners

Deanes School in Thundersley came up with the name Deanes Drop, for a section that will see the riders tackle a winding, rocky descent.

A long, steep climb up a grassy valley has been named The Breathtaker, thanks to the nearby Hadleigh Junior School.

And Chelmer Valley High School named a crossover tunnel section, The Rabbit Hole.

Pupil Ed Humphreys said: "The cyclists have to go over the top, go round the corner and then come back through.

"So I came up with the name 'rabbit hole' because that's what a rabbit would do.

"It feels a great privilege to have that name seen across the world and I'm really pleased about it."

Olympic dates

The men's and women's Olympic mountain bike competition will take place on 11 and 12 August 2012.

In total, there have been 20 million ticket applications for London's 2012 Olympics, with 6.6 million tickets up for grabs.


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