Former team sprint world champion Shanaze Reade has joined Madison Genesis for the 2015/16 track season and will make her debut in Derby next weekend.
Reade, who has combined track cycling with a successful career as a BMX rider, returned to the fold of the Great Britain cycling team in April after concentrating on the latter discipline for the past few years in America.
Madison Genesis manager Roger Hammond said: “As a former multi world champion and Olympian, Shanaze is a unique rider as she has competed at the highest level in different disciplines of the sport, in doing so gathering a wealth of experience that we can all learn from.
“It is going to be an amazing journey with the Rio Olympic Games looming in the not-too-distant future now. I’m really looking forward to being a small part of Shanaze’s preparations and ultimately, her bid for glory.”
In 2007 and 2008 Reade, 26, paired with Victoria Pendleton to win the team sprint world title, also claiming the BMX World Championships in both years as well as in 2010.
With BMX introduced into the Olympic fold in 2008, Reade chose to participate in her favoured discipline in Beijing but crashed out in the final. She represented Team GB in BMX again at London 2012, finishing sixth in the final.
Reade will make her comeback on the track at the opening round of the Revolution Series at the new Derby Velodrome between August 14-16, with the overall goal appearing to be the Rio Olympics next August.