Ramp back for women’s Olympic mountain bike race with extreme weather course changes

IZU JAPAN JULY 27 Evie Richards of Team Great Britain jumps during the Womens Crosscountry race on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Mountain Bike Course on July 27 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Evie Richards(Great Britain) during the women's cross-country mountain bike race at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

So far at the cycling at the Tokyo Olympics, we’ve watched the road cyclists grappling with the weather in the form of heat and humidity, but now as the Tropical Storm Nepartak nears the Japanese coast, the associated extreme weather conditions are resulting in course changes and possible lightning for the women’s cross-country mountain bike race. 

The official communication from the UCI Technical Delegate came through early this afternoon Tokyo time to say that the A-line on the Joren rock garden would be closed and the entry to the A-line on the Karesansui rock garden closed, with a new line opened that would allow that line to be rejoined half way down.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.