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BMX: British BMX champion lays Beijing demons to rest

August 22, 2011

Three-time world champion Shanaze Reade claimed an impressive victory at the BMX Olympic test event this weekend, laying her Beijing demons to rest.

Shanaze-ReadeThe 22-year-old from Crewe came first at the test event, which doubled up as the third round of the UCI Supercross World Cup Series.

Hosted at the new Olympic Park, the event is only the second sport to be played at the venue which saw over 170 athletes competing on the London 2012 course for the first time.

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After crashing in the final of the 2008 Olympics – which she was favourite to win – and disappointing displays in the World Championships in Denmark last month, Reade was determined to prove her worth at the Stratford venue which attracted over 2,500 spectators.

After coming third in the qualifying time trial on Friday – Reade battled hard to claim victory on the newly designed and approved by the sport’s international federation the UCI course.

Reade now hopes to use her past errors to surge forwards into London 2012 and claim the Gold medal she missed out on before.

She said: “I’m happy with the win, the British crowd were great.

“For me this event is ranked just as highly as the Worlds because if you can perform a year before the Olympic Games in the same site, then why can’t you do it in 2012?”

However, Reade did express some misgivings about the new course, which features a series of jumps, bumps, tightly banked corners and a unique tunnel underpass.

“For the females the track is on the limit when the wind changes,” said Reade, after heavy rainfall caused schedule delays.

With the aim of ‘pushing the boundaries’, the course also has an eight-metre high ramp and with plans to extend the venue’s maximum capacity by over 4000 seats before the 2012 games start, organisers have time to correct any hiccups.

In the meantime, the fourth stage of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series originally planned for Sarasota, USA has been cancelled, so the tour will return at the end of September in Chula Vista, USA.

Erin Healey, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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