The 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike course is found in Hadleigh park with views over the Thames estuary. Since the games it’s been turned in to 18km of trails from blue to black and is free for anyone to use.
I turned up with my brother Rob to hire the bikes on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Essex. We rode around the track which includes berms, rock gardens and small drop offs. Rob drew from his teenage years on his bike and took on a black jump, whilst I stuck to the red routes. It was a lot of fun having the freedom to go where we wanted and take our time.
After a couple of hours we called it a day to go and have a BBQ and of course it started raining! We’ll definitely be back to improve our skills around the course.