London 2012 - Reade wants redemption shot

Thu, 29 Dec 15:53:00 2011

Shanaze Reade feels she will have just one chance of gaining Olympic redemption at London 2012 - the scene of her Beijing heartache, the BMX.

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The quest to write those wrongs took in a successful foray onto the track post Beijing with Reade bagging a pair of World Championship gold medals in the team sprint, alongside Victoria Pendleton.

However with Reade, by her own admission, putting 90 per cent of her efforts into the BMX event, her on-track skills have waned recently with team-mate Jess Varnish overtaking her as Pendleton’s first choice partner.

And with that in mind Reade has all-but admitted defeat in her attempt to make it a double celebration at London 2012 – putting all her eggs in her BMX basket.

"At this point my main focus going into London 2012 has to be the BMX," said Reade. "But if Jess gets injured or anything else happens then I’m sure I can still step up to the mark and perform on the track.

"I’m more of a reserve at the moment but I am also still keeping that door open. I don’t want to close it and think I will never do it again.

"I did a block of training for the track over a few weeks this winter to see where I was at and things were going really well but it’s just trying to find the time to combine them both.

"The skill levels for BMX are getting higher all the time and if I do track cycling it does slightly compromise the BMX. I have to make sure I am not just strong but also technically at the top of my game.

"Doing two completely different sports isn’t easy and it’s always going to be a bonus if I get selected for the track because I’m not 50/50 in terms of how I prioritise.

"I’m always around 90 per cent BMX and 10 per cent track, time-wise, so if I made it off just that much dedication then to make the team it would be a huge bonus, regardless of my results of the Olympics. But I need to be very mindful that I don’t take anything away from my BMX."

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