Despite a serious preparation for the MTB-season Sven Nys decided halfway through June to stop chasing his Olympic dream. After tests in Leuven, Belgium, it became clear that his body can't deal with the extreme temperatures that are to expect in the Olympic MTB-race. "For me it's clear now," said Nys, "my body is more than 100% fit for cyclo-cross and I'm going to orient myself on that completely."
Nevertheless the Belgian continued his MTB program and managed to extend his national MTB-title in Ottignies on July 22. In that race he preceded former Olympic silver medallist Filip Meirhaeghe, while Belgium's best MTB'er Roel Paulissen didn't start. Nys was still planning to participate at the MTB world championships in Fort William, Scotland on September 9 before preparing for the cyclo-cross season.