Former track team sprint world champion Shanaze Reade returns from concentrating on BMX racing in the USA

Shanaze Reade has returned to training with the Great Britain track squad after a period of concentrating on BMX in the United States.

Reade famously paired with the now-retired Victoria Pendleton to take the women’s team sprint world titles in 2007 and 2008, coupling this with success on small wheels by taking the BMX world title in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Despite her track success, Reade focussed solely on BMX as it was introduced in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She crashed out in the final, losing out in the medals. Again in London 2012, Reade contested the BMX competition but once again lost out on the medals by placing sixth in the final.

Since Pendleton’s retirement, Great Britain has struggled to hit a high point in the team sprint, despite having talent in the shape of Becky James, Jess Varnish, Victoria Williamson and Danielle Khan. James has been struggling with on-going knee and shoulder injuries which saw her sidelined over the winter, and the GB camp has indicated it may struggle to get a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio without her at full fitness.

Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade

Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade won the team sprint world title twice

Shane Sutton, Great Britain team technical director, was positive about 26-year-old Reade’s return: “This is good news for the Great Britain Cycling Team as Shanaze is a terrific athlete with a big personality and an appetite for competition.”

“Shanaze is coming back to train with the squad with a view to seeing what kind of contribution she can make to the performance of the team.”

It is unclear when, or if, Reade will compete on the track after resuming training. Or if her target will be to race on the track at the 2016 Games.

  • The Awakening

    RE: “…Sky had Sir Bradley doing squats in ‘preparation’ for the Giro …”

    Was that in 2013? It makes me recall the comment by Fausto Coppi on training: “Ride the bike! Ride the bike! Ride the bike!” I think he said it three times…

  • Dave2020

    Mostly, yes, but Sky had Sir Bradley doing squats in ‘preparation’ for the Giro and it did more harm than good.

  • The Awakening

    RE: “Since Pendleton’s retirement, Great Britain has struggled . . .” – solely because of the incompetent methods employed by GB’s coaches.”

    Is this going on at Manchester Velodrome?

  • Dave2020

    “Since Pendleton’s retirement, Great Britain has struggled . . .” – solely because of the incompetent methods employed by GB’s coaches. Can anyone name a single athlete in the squad who hasn’t been sidelined by training injuries? That is unforgivable. Will Reade suffer the same treatment? Why aren’t those responsible relieved of their posts?

    By what logic do these coaches still have faith in the dumb weight-lifting that has done the damage? How can this history of early retirements and frequent injury be ignored? Vicky, Jess and Becky in particular have had their careers put in jeopardy by GB’s brutal training regimes, which by their own admission means they go into races short on leg speed; i.e. poorly co-ordinated. You couldn’t make it up.

    This incompetence has spread to the road riders too. Lucy Garner has missed out on most of this Spring, suffering with painful knees. Why?

  • Dave2020

    “It is unclear when, or if, Reade will compete on the track after resuming training. Or if her target will be to race on the track at the 2016 Games.”

    What a bizarre comment!!! Is BC’s coaching regime predicated on the idea that racing (i.e. learning to peak for World Cups, European and World Championships) is somehow detrimental to a rider’s Olympic ambitions? They have to race to qualify anyway!!!