Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's cross-country

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Women's cross-country
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
Dates August 23, 2008
Competitors 30 from 21 nations
Winning time 1:45:11
1st, gold medalist(s) Sabine Spitz  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maja Włoszczowska  Poland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Irina Kalentieva  Russia
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The women's cross-country mountain biking at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the Laoshan Mountain Bike Course on August 23, 2008.

Germany's Sabine Spitz opened up a commanding, one-minute lead from the rest of the field and then stayed out in front to a spectacular finish with a gold-medal time in 1:45:11.[1][2] Trailing behind the leader by more than forty seconds, Poland's Maja Włoszczowska took home the silver in 1:45:52, while Russian rider Irina Kalentieva held off a tight battle with Canada's Catharine Pendrel down the final lap to grab the bronze in 1:46:28.[3][4] Among the 30 mountain bikers who competed in the cross-country race, only eighteen of them managed to complete the full distance.

Competition format[edit]

The competition began at 10:00 am with a mass-start in which riders are positioned according to their current world ranking so that the higher-ranked riders are near the front. The cross-country race also involved six laps, with 172 m of elevation change for each, around the 4.8 km course at Laoshan Mountain Bike Course.[5]


All times are China standard time (UTC+8)[6]

Date Time Round
Saturday, 23 August 2008 10:00 Final


Rank Rider Time
1st, gold medalist(s)  Sabine Spitz (GER) 1:45:11
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Maja Włoszczowska (POL) 1:45:52
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Irina Kalentieva (RUS) 1:46:28
4  Catharine Pendrel (CAN) 1:46:37
5  Ren Chengyuan (CHN) 1:47:40
6  Petra Henzi (SUI) 1:48:41
7  Mary McConneloug (USA) 1:50:34
8  Georgia Gould (USA) 1:50:51
9  Rosara Joseph (NZL) 1:51:07
10  Aleksandra Dawidowicz (POL) 1:51:21
11  Elisabeth Osl (AUT) 1:51:39
12  Liu Ying (CHN) 1:52:01
13  Lene Byberg (NOR) 1:53:19
14  Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink (NED) 1:53:30
15  Nathalie Schneitter (SUI) 1:53:42
16  Eva Lechner (ITA) 1:58:22
17  Laurence Leboucher (FRA) 2:00:55
18  Adelheid Morath (GER) 2:02:25
19  Jaqueline Mourão (BRA) LAP (1 lap)
20  Rie Katayama (JPN) LAP (1 lap)
21  Blaža Klemenčič (SLO) LAP (1 lap)
22  Yolande Speedy (RSA) LAP (2 laps)
23  Vera Andreeva (RUS) LAP (2 laps)
24  Janka Števková (SVK) LAP (2 laps)
25  Dellys Starr (AUS) LAP (2 laps)
26  Francisca Campos (CHI) LAP (2 laps)
027  Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå (NOR) DNF
028  Margarita Fullana (ESP) DNF
029  Marie-Hélène Prémont (CAN) DNF
030  Tereza Huříková (CZE) DNF


  1. ^ "Spitz Wins Germany's First Cycling Gold at Beijing Olympics". Xinhua. China Radio International. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Germany's Spitz wins women's mountain bike gold". ABC News Australia. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Dreier, Fred (23 August 2008). "Spitz wins scorcher in Beijing". Velo News. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Byers, Jim (23 August 2008). "Catharine Pendrel fourth in women's mountain bike, Premont pulls out". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mountain Biking Competition Format". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mountain Biking: Results and Schedules". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.