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As elite mountain bikers try out a completed portion of the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike track, work continues in the background to compete the challenging course at Hadleigh Farm in Essex.Groundworks contractor, Martin Seddon, is combining both his biking and construction expertise to creat a new Mountain Bike track for the London 2012 Olympics.

Tiltrotator helps craft Olympic Mountain Bike track

The start of the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi was marred by concerns that some of its important facilities would not be properly completed in time. Such a debacle ought not to be repeated at the London 2012 Olympics as work on the main site and other significant venues is already very well advanced.

As elite mountain bikers try out a completed portion of the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike track, work continues in the background to compete the challenging course at Hadleigh Farm in Essex.

Whilst the main focus of public attention has been the main Olympic Park near Stratford in east London (where principal structures like the imposing Olympic Stadium, the architecturally striking Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome are structurally complete), work is also progressing well on other facilities around the UK. Amongst these lower profile sites is a farm in Essex where excellent progress is being made on the construction of a new Mountain Bike track especially for the London 21012 Olympics.

The London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking events will take place at Hadleigh Farm near to the Essex town of Southend-on-Sea on the 11th and 12th of August 2010. A completely new track is being constructed on a picturesque 550-acre site encompassing farmland owned by the church and charity organisation The Salvation Army and the adjacent Hadleigh Country Park. The project is being delivered by Essex County Council in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Contract progressing on schedule

Construction of the new course began in July 2010 and the work is on schedule to be completed by April next year - well in advance of a test event planned for August 2011. The work, worth in the region of £800,000, is being carried out At Hadleigh Farm, Martin Seddon has deployed this Kubota U20-3a with a s Steelwrist X04 tiltrotator to speed the construction of the new Olympic Mountain Bike trackby M&L Seddon Compact Plant Hire of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, UK. As well as machinery rental, this business specialises in groundworks and landscaping and its owner, Martin Seddon, is uniquely qualified to carry out this particular job.

At Hadleigh Farm, Martin Seddon has deployed this Kubota U20-3a with a Steelwrist X04 tiltrotator to speed the construction of the new Olympic Mountain Bike track

Martin Seddon started riding bikes competitively at the age of 14. He raced BMX bikes in the 1980s and was a semi-professional mountain biker in the 1990s. So he has the indepth practical knowledge of mountain biking to help him turn the paper plans for the new Olympic track into reality on the rolling hills of Essex.

Unlike most major Mountain bike events which are typically held in heavily forested areas, the 5km long circuit at Hadleigh Farm is being constructed on more open hillsides. The hilly terrain with open grass land and low shrubbery will offer the advantage to both spectators and the TV cameras in that it should be possible to see 60-70% of the course from many vantage points.

Whilst the Essex countryside cannot exactly be described as mountainous, the Hadleigh Farm location does have a 70m drop in elevation from top to bottom. This is more than elevation difference at the circuit in China used for the Mountain Bike races at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The UK circuit is also very picturesque with good views towards the ruins of the 700 year old Hadleigh Castle and across the estuary of the River Thames.

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