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Julien Absalon biking in Beijing

Latest update : 2008-08-01

Crowned world champion in Quebec, Julien Absalon has one goal: repeat what he did in Athens and bring back a gold medals from Beijing.

Some facts about cross-country mountain bike:

2 stages (men and women)

First appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

The competition is a race on a circuit mainly dirt

The 4.6km circuit is in Laoshan. The first 165 metres of the circuit is run on road

80 racers (50 men, 30 women)

Dates: 22nd and 23rd August

Date created : 2008-07-31

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