"We are committed to retaining as much of the Olympic course as possible but adaptations will have to be made to allow beginner and novice riders to use the course safely.
There will be various works to make it suitable for public access and these works will not begin until 2013.
ECC are planning to provide opportunities for experienced riders of a suitable standard who are interested in riding the course the chance to join guided rides before the adaptations are completed.
For experienced mountain bikers who have completed “black” grade trails at other UK trail centres or others with appropriate coaching or skills qualifications who are interested they should email firstname.lastname@example.org
providing details of their experience level and weather they are interested as a) a Group or b) an individual."
Is this the letter?
1st paragraph, the course is staying as much as possible. During the TV report they stated part of the course alongside the trees would be changed to allow access, it'll become a cycle trail. Adaptations will be made, alternative trails around the rock gardens maybe? It says nothing of removing them. No doubt a blue route around the rocks will be laid, even the olympians had a red to avoid the blacks.
2nd paragraph, access roads, car parks, afore mentioned cycle trails to get to the site.
3rd paragraph, ECC are allowing the full course to be ridden before works start. No doubt feedback will be taken on board during that time. The final course will not be the olympic course but nobody yet knows the design, it may be better than the sanitised for TV course.
4th paragraph, as the course stands it's black grade only and those capable can have a ride before work starts.
I'm totally for the course to stay, it's our olympic legacy, but this letter isn't a difinitive anything. Nobody would run a business venture consisting of a black grade only course, much like every other trail centre in the UK it'll have green/blue/red/black.
A petition to tell somebody to do something they're no doubt planning on doing anyway is pointless.
The way to go would be to get involved in the group rides mentioned, talk to those involved, take a look at proposed designs and if possible volunteer for trail building.