Shanaze Reade Launches New Website

Shanaze Reade Triple UCI BMX World Champion Shanaze Reade has officially launched her new (and much improved) website. Reade who began racing in 1998 at the age of 10 won her first professional race in the Girls Pro at the American Bicycle Association (ABA) ‘Winternationals’ in Phoenix, Arizona in 2006; becoming British National Number One and winning the World Championships in Brazil in August the same year.


Reade has always capitalised on social media – you can follow her on Twitter @ShanazeReade and facebook here – and her new-look website incorporates many of these elements along with an events schedule and the latest news. Reade and freestyle BMX rider Kye Forte are currently offering to put a select number of riders through their paces in Crewe on September 7, for details click here.


Visit the all-new Shanaze Reade website at



Reade for Track in Rio?

Having suffered disappointment in BMX at two successive Olympics, Shanaze Reade has told the BBC that she is considering a return to Track Cycling for the Rio Games, saying that Victoria Pendleton’s decision to retire (having taken Gold for Keirin and Silver for Individual Sprint), ‘leaves the door open’.


The 23-year-old triple BMX World Champion crashed out in Beijing and ended competition in London a lacklustre sixth but has considerable form on the track having won two World Chapionship Team Sprint Golds with Pendleton (2007/2008) and Silver in 2009. Jess Varnish took her place next to Pendleton – when Reade’s focus shifted to BMX in 2010 – but the pair were disqualified for an illegal change-over at the 2012 Games in the semi-final against the Ukraine.


Reade told the BBC, ‘I’ll definitely be in Rio, whether track or BMX or both…’



BOA Shortlists Team GB

The British Olympic Association has confirmed the 18 athletes officially named to represent Team GB at the London Games. Unsurprising riders include Beijing Olympic triple gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, road race World Champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke; with Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips in for the BMX. Somewhat more controversially, David Millar, despite an initial lifetime Olympic ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs back in 2004, makes the shortlist of eight (to be finalised to five) for the men’s Road Race. The women’s Road Race shortlist of six will be further whittled to four and the selection for individual track events is yet to be determined.


Track Sprint: Philip Hindes, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Varnish

Track Endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Wendy Houvenaghel, Peter Kennaugh, Danielle King, Joanna Rowsell, Andrew Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Laura Trott

BMX: Liam Phillips, Shanaze Reade

Cross Country Mountain Biking: Liam Killeen, Annie Last

Men’s Road (TBC for 5 places): Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Chris Froome, Jeremy Hunt, David Millar, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Bradley Wiggins

Women’s Road (TBC 4 places): Lizzie Armitstead, Nicole Cooke, Katie Colclough, Sharon Laws, Lucy Martin, Emma Pooley



BMX Wipe-outs

The BMX World Championships that took place over the weekend saw some spectacular spills and potentially devastating developments for Team GB Olympic hopefuls. Three-time World Champion Shanaze Reade, having bagged Silver in the Time Trial at the National Indoor Arena on Friday (May 25), took an impressive tumble on Sunday – just a week after she was hospitalised with concussion following a crash at the Manchester BMX track – ending her hopes of a fourth title. Grant White, GB’s BMX Team Manager said, ‘Shanaze was in the lead. She was going quick and just pushed that little bit too much. You can’t ride reserved in our sport, it’s just the way it is…’


Coming off far worse was Liam Phillips, who had similarly won silver (in the Men’s Time Trial), whilst Reade was battered and bruised – both physically and emotionally – Phillips, from Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, was catapulted over his handlebars and stretchered off with a suspect collarbone fracture. He tweeted, presumably with his good arm, ‘So grateful to have an incredible support network around me. On my way to the Bridgewater Hospital to see the surgeon.’ Why so much carnage in the sport? Over to Grant White again: ‘You can sum it up in three letters: B-M-X.’


Get the latest on Phillip’s condition at:

Image © Liam Phillips



Reade Passes on World Champion

BMX World Championships 2011It has been announced that BMX World Champion Shanaze Reade will not defend her title at the upcoming championships in Copenhagen due to start tomorrow and running through to July 31. The 22 year old triple world champ is recuperating from a wrist injury and is hoping to recover fully in time for the 2012 Olympic BMX trials in Stratford (August 19 & 20.) “It was a tough choice to make as obviously I wanted to go out there and defend my world title. (But) preparing for the test event is the priority for my Olympic ambitions and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardise being ready for that,” said Reade.


In addition to BMX Reade is also hoping to take a place in the Team GB Track squad – she previously won Gold in both 2007 and 2008 with Victoria Pendleton in the team sprint discipline.


For full details of the BMX World Championship’s schedule visit: but not before you take a look at the course via the helmet-cam video below…




Topping Out for BMX

A “topping out” ceremony has taken place at the new National Indoor BMX Arena in East Manchester. Designed by Ellis Williams Architects the £19m arena – the first purpose-built, covered BMX track with Olympic-size ramp in the UK – will form, along with the existing velodrome, the National Cycling Centre incorporating the HQ offices of British Cycling. All of which falls within the wider scheme of London 2012 legacy. 3000 cubic metres of earth and clay excavated in the construction of the site are to be reused to form the base mounds of the BMX track, which will have a maximum capacity of 2000 when fully complete. Funding for the venue was split between Sport England, Manchester City Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.


On hand to add her seal of approval to developments at the arena was Shanaze Reade, triple winner of the UCI BMX World Championships and Olympic Track Champion in to the bargain. Pre-Beijing Games Chris Hoy had commented: “If I was going to put my mortgage on anyone winning the gold, it would be Shanaze.” Cyclo doesn’t know if Hoy took the flutter but he would have mad a mint – and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what Reade can do once things in Manchester are complete…