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How To Watch: Mountain Bike at the Tokyo Olympic Games

By: Angelina Palermo  April 13, 2021

Now is the time to prepare to be the ultimate fan of USA Cycling. Here is everything you need to know about Mountain Biking at the Summer Games in July 2021.

How It Works

Cross Country (XC) is the only recognized discipline of mountain biking at the Olympic Games. This endurance-oriented event is a mass-start competition that typically features 100-150 riders who compete over rough terrain that includes everything from unpaved fire roads to technical single track filled with rocks and roots.

The Cross Country Olympic (XCO) Mountain Bike event will take place at the IZU Mountain Bike Course in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The course measures 4,100m in length with elevations of up to 150m.

USA Cycling has seen success in the past with this event, specifically the women’s race. Georgia Gould grabbed the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Two-time Olympian Lea Davison is looking to score a spot for her third Olympic Games with 2018 World Champion Kate Courtney already securing one of the starting positions for Team USA.

How To Watch

Catch all the racing on the Olympic Channel and NBC.

Monday, July 26:

Start Time: 15:00 JST

Men's Mountain Bike

Tuesday, July 27:

Start Time: 15:00 JST

Women's Mountain Bike

Who To Watch

Mountain Bike:


Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Trinity Racing)


Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Trinity Racing)

Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing)

Chloe Woodruff (Tempe, Ariz.; Stan's-Pivot)