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Commentator Dan Jarvis backs Hadleigh Farm Olympic site
Mountain biking commentator Dan Jarvis
Dan hopes to be able to commentate on the 2012 event on his home turf

A mountain bike commentator from Essex is confident Hadleigh Farm will be a successful venue at the 2012 Olympics.

Local man Dan Jarvis is a well-known voice in cycle sport and began his own competition career on the Downs that surround the venue's iconic castle.

After competing he went on to manage various Great Britain teams.

Comparing it to other courses he has experienced around the world, he told BBC Essex: "We've got the potential certainly there for a great course."

"We've got enough variations here in gradient, in surface, in topography to give us a challenging course."

He added: "It's something of a misconception that you have to have mountains for mountain biking.

"If you actually look around the world, most of the best mountain bike courses don't go anywhere near a mountain top."

Dan is the County Councils' Local Legacy Champion for Hadleigh Farm and as a result is enthusiastic about what the games will bring to the local area.

Hadleigh Castle
The venue is expected to hold around 3,000 spectators during the Olympics

"It's a great opportunity not just to try and develop how the site is going to be used in terms of cycling, but also to develop cycling on a higher level all the way across south Essex," he said.

"The great thing about cycling is it is a competitive sport, but also alongside that it's recreational, it's cheap and anybody can do it and that's what we want."

He added: "We want more people to get on their bikes; it's great for people to get fitter, leaner, healthier and to get in touch with the environment as well."


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