Published 7 August 2012
Shanaze began her career on the BMX track aged 10, competing in her first World BMX Championships aged 13. She's grown in strength, precision and determination ever since – by the time she was 17 she was Britiain’s number one female rider, having competed in the Elite Men’s category throughout the National Series to improve her skills.
Making her first senior appearance at the World Championships in 2007, Reade claimed the Women's Senior UCI title, an accolade she has now won four times. She's also won two team sprints at the World Championships but has suffered disappointment on the global stage too.
- Shanaze bought her first BMX bike for just £1 when she was 10 years old
- Throughout her childhood, she also did boxing, athletics and running
- She has a BMX track named after her- the 'Shanaze Reade Track', which was originally Bob Field's track – the man who taught her the skill of BMX.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Crewe-born favourite crashed out in the final after clipping the wheel of the eventual winner, Anne-Caroline-Chausson from France. This frustrating performance caused a setback for Reade and she has only recently found her impressive form again.
Her return to success was highlighted as she won the Olympic test event in August 2011. At the 2012 Olympics Shanaze showed good form in the qualifying rounds, and qualified first for the final. Unfortunately Shanaze could not carry this into the final and finished a disappointing.
As she says on her Twitter page, Reade is blessed with the ‘power of a Jamaican, luck of the Irish.' Such attributes can only help her in the future whether this is back on the track or on her trusty BMX.