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Reade’s circuit training

OVERWHELMED: Reade

BRITISH BMX star Shanaze Reade will step out onto the London 2012 BMX track tomorrow to take part in the London 2012 BMX test event, the UCI Supercross World Cup, which will be held on August 19-20.

Reade will tackle the course alongside Great Britain team mates and other world class athletes in the international competition which will see 64 men and 32 women battle for the top spot.

Reade, who will take part in training sessions today, said: “Coming here and seeing the finished track is slightly overwhelming! It’s amazing to think that in a year’s time I’ll be competing here, on this track, in front of a massive crowd and millions of people watching on TV.

“Having a test event is a good opportunity to get to grips with the different elements and work out the challenging parts. I’m looking forward to getting out there. In a year’s time I’ll be back here and I’ll be here to win, hopefully a victory in the test event will be a good omen for 2012!”

Reade may only be 22, but she is one of the most experienced racers on the circuit. Shanaze collected her first world senior title aged just 18 in 2007 and she has landed several major titles during a glittering career in the sport.

For this round of the World Cup, though, Reade expects a challenge from the usual suspects, Sarah Walker of New Zealand, the 2009 world champion, and the Australian and French riders. Current world champion Columbian athlete Mariana Pajon Londono will also be big competition for Reade.

Friday’s competition is made up of qualification rounds, while Saturday is finals day.

The 400-metre track is located next to the Velodrome in the north of the Olympic Park and will have 3,000 seats for the test event compared to 6,000 seats to host the Olympic BMX competition in 2012.

After the Games, the temporary seating will be removed and the BMX Track reconfigured to make it suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. It will become a key part of the legacy VeloPark where the Velodrome and BMX Track will be joined by a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course to combine facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’.

The course is characterised by a series of jumps, bumps, tightly banked corners and a unique tunnel underpass, with the venue covering an area slightly larger than a football pitch at 160 metres by 90 metres.

Some 14,000m3 of soil was used during the construction – enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools. The soil, which was reused and cleaned from elsewhere on the Olympic Park, was piled up to four metres high in parts before the final track surface was laid on sections by the track designer.

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