Shanaze Reade
Sport: BMX

Shanaze began her career on the BMX track aged 10 and by the time she was 17 she was Britain’s No. 1 Women’s rider.

Known for her power, she developed her strength racing against boys and older amateurs having competed in the elite men’s category throughout the British series.

In 2006, she became British National No.1 in 19 & Over Elite Men after racing the National series with men all year, despite being only 17 at the time.

International success followed with Shanaze being crowned World Champion in every year she has competed from 2006 – 2008. In the 2008 UCI BMX World Championships she stormed away from the competition in the finals and took the world title by several lengths.

Going in to the finals of the Beijing Olympic games in 2008 as World Champion, Reade was disappointed not to receive a medal after being in the silver position and bravely maneuvering to go for Gold, she crashed out. A decision which she says she does not regret.

Shanaze took up track cycling to keep fit for BMX racing, but her power and strength worked well in the velodrome and she was selected for the role of lead-out rider in the Women’s team sprint with Victoria Pendleton and together they won world titles in 2007 and 2008.

In London 2012, she was left disappointed again, when having come first, second and first in the qualifying races, she finished the final race in 6th place.

In 2015 Shanaze found her passion for coaching. She began touring the country’ss BMX clubs in her downtime, passing on her knowledge of techniques, racing and years of disciplined training. Her aim is to support, coach & nurture those who have a passion for sport.