Brit Shanaze Reade started the 2013 season on red-hot form, winning both rounds of the UEC European BMX Series. She then went on to dominate the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series opener, winning the TT Super Final and every round including the final. However, she was forced to withdraw from the World Championships in Auckland after picking up a knee injury following a fall in training.
Shanaze would have been one of the favourites for the event - she was crowned world champion in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and also represented Team GB at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2011, she became the first BMX time trial world champion, and she won the silver medal in the same event the following year.
She began her career on the BMX track in 1988 aged 10 at Tipkinder Park in Crewe. Local track operator Bob Field became her mentor and she was also influenced by Cheshire pro Jamie Staff. Her first BMX bike cost just £1, and it was a pound well spent - by the time she was 17 she was Britain’s number one women's rider, having competed in the elite men’s category to improve her skills.
Now one of the UK’s most popular athletes, Speedy Readey’s win-at-all-costs approach and aggressive and determined style has won her many admirers. She describes her special talent as being ‘all things bike’ - a claim she backed up by winning gold in the 2007 UCI Track World Championship women's team sprint, alongside Victoria Pendleton.
- Age: 25
- Height: 1.70m
- Weight: 79kg
- Nationality: England