UCI announces Olympic mountain bike spots qualified by nation

50 men and 30 women heading to London

The UCI announced the number of mountain bike spots qualified for each nation for the 2012 London Olympic Games on Wednesday.  The spots are based on three criteria specified by the UCI including nations ranking and performance within the individual continental regions.

The UCI Olympic qualification ranking was determined by summing the points of the UCI rankings by nation Olympic format as of May 23, 2011 and May 23, 2012.In case of equal points, the nations were ranked by their best place in the UCI rankings by nation.

For the men's race, the top 24 ranked nations qualified one, two or three riders depending on their specific ranking. In addition, seven other nations also qualified one rider each based on individual rankings as of the 2011 Continental Championships for Asia, America, Africa and Oceania. Finally, Guam qualified one rider under a special provision which states that if an NOC obtains a qualifying place under criterion no. 2, but has already qualified under criterion no. 1, the next best ranked NOC in the respective continental championships ranking will qualify.

For the women's race, the top 18 ranked nations qualified one or two riders depending on their specific ranking. In addition, four other nations also qualified one rider each based on individual rankings as of the 2011 Continental Championships for Asia, America, Africa and Oceania.

In total, 50 men and 30 women are allocated spots by nation for the Olympic Games. A complete listing of the number of mountain bike racers qualified per nation is below.

Although there was some minor shuffling in the rankings after this past weekend's World Cup in La Bresse, France, there were no changes in the number of racers each nation qualified relative to what Cyclingnews posted last week thank the calculations of Rob Jones.

What happens next is that nations will decide whether to accept all qualified spots and then name their riders to the teams.  Any unclaimed spots will be re-allocated by the UCI.

The Olympic mountain bike races will happen at Hadleigh Farm in Essex on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12.

Olympic Mountain Bike race qualifying by nations

Men Olympic qualifying by nations
#CountrySpots
1Switzerland3 
2France3 
3Czech Republic3 
4Spain3 
5Germany3 
6Italy2 
7Netherlands2 
8South Africa2 
9United States of America2 
10Austria2 
11Canada2 
12Poland2 
13Belgium2 
14Great Britain1 
15Sweden1 
16Australia1 
17Japan1 
18Brazil1 
19Ukraine1 
20Hungary1 
21Russian Federation1 
22Argentina1 
23Greece1 
24Cyprus1 
25Namibia (Africa)1 
26Rwanda (Africa)1 
27Colombia (America)1 
28Costa Rica (America)1 
29Hong Kong, China (Asia)1 
30People's Republic of China (Asia)1 
31New Zealand (Oceania)1 
32Guam1 
Women Olympic qualifying by nations
#CountrySpots
1Canada2 
2Switzerland2 
3France2 
4Poland2 
5United States of America2 
6Slovenia2 
7Germany2 
8Norway2 
9Russian Federation1 
10Czech Republic1 
11Italy1 
12Austria1 
13Netherlands1 
14New Zealand1 
15Ukraine1 
16Great Britain1 
17Sweden1 
18Denmark1 
19South Africa (Africa)1 
20Colombia (America)1 
21People's Republic of China (Asia)1 
22Australia (Oceania)1 

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