Located west of Sydney near Abbotsbury, the Fairfield City Farm complex was the site of the cross-country mountain biking race for the Olympics in September 2000. This narrow 6.9km course was specifically designed for the Olympics by Australian Glen Jacobs and rolls through Australian bush land dotted with many rock and log obstacles. The total vertical along the track is 1000, but there are no big, gnarly climbs like on traditional World Cup courses -- just seven small rolling ascents and descents per lap. Two of the descents are particularly challenging, as proven in the 1999 World Cup race here, the off-cambered Dharuk Drop and the rocky Chauldron.
The number of laps will vary depending upon course conditions on the day of the race, since this route is known to get quite muddy when damp. The course was already put to the test during a 1999 World Cup race.
Fairfield City Farm is located west of downtown Sydney, just beyond the city limits. To reach the farm from Sydney, follow M4 west for 25km towards Parramatta and exit at Wallgrove Road. Continue on Wallgrove Road for several kilometers to Horsley Drive. Turn left and continue for 3 km to Cowpasture Road and turn right. Follow signs to course.
Overall, Fairfield City Farm is the 5th most popular mountain bike trail of all 30 mountain biking rides in Australia.