Story: Cycle racing

Karen Hanlen

Karen Hanlen

Karen Hanlen competed in the women's cross-country event during the 2012 London Olympic Games. She started well, but crashed on a tricky downhill section, costing her a place or two. She then got a flat back tyre, leading her to slip further behind. Despite these setbacks she finished 18th in a field of 28. Hanlen had only begun mountain biking two years before.

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Simon Kennett, 'Cycle racing - Bicycle motocross and mountain biking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Simon Kennett, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Oct 2015