Mountain Bike is proudly presented by Maple Leaf Construction, an Official Supporter of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Mountain bike competitions are from Sunday, July 30 - Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course. Click here to see detailed mountain bike schedule. Entry to mountain bike competition is free courtesy of Manitoba's Credit Unions. No ticket is required.
Mountain bike racing is relatively new. It gained in popularity and recognition during the 1990s. In 1996, cross country mountain biking events were added to the Olympic Games. Mountain bike races are off-road and usually involve a moderate degree of technical riding.
The Cross-Country race is completed on a closed circuit, 4-5 kms long. It is a hard race, and depending on the category can last from 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes. The trails are tight, wooded, rocky and often times cross streams. It débuted as an Olympic sport in Atlanta in 1996.
This is a unique event, raced by teams of three (3), where each member completes one tour of the cross-country or modified cross-country circuit. The start order of each team member is determined by the coaches based on team strategy.
The sprint is an elimination event inspired by cross-country skiing, which brings spectators closer to the racers. Depending on the structure of the event, five or six racers start at the same time on a 1 to 2 km long circuit; the top two or three racers move on to the next round.
Each province and territory may enter a team of three males and three females. All riders must be under the age of 23 and at least 17 as of December 31, 2017. The top two riders’ scores count toward to the team score, except in the relay, where the team gets one score.