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Reade passes her BMX test

HAPPY WITH HER VICTORY: Shanaze Reade

GREAT BRITAIN’S Shanaze Reade won the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, a test event for the London 2012 BMX competition.

The test event, part of the London Prepares Series and supported by UK Sport, saw 64 male and 32 female riders take part in two days of thrilling action on the newly built 400m BMX track in the Olympic Park.

The event gave competitors the chance to test the newly built BMX track for the first time and also gave London 2012 organisers (LOCOG) the chance to test vital parts of their operations including the course, timing and workforce.

Reade’s victory delighted the 2,500 strong sell-out crowd after rain delayed the start of the action. After the skies cleared the competition went ahead with a reduced schedule.

In the women’s race, there was a strong performance from New Zealand athlete Sarah Walker taking silver behind Reade and Australian Lauren Reynolds finishing third.

Reade said of her victory: “The crowd gave me extra confidence, and it shows I can win in front of a home crowd. This will set me up for my winter and summer training. The crowd were great, it made the event high energy.”

Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG said of the event: ““BMX is an exciting sport to watch and today we saw fantastic support from the home crowd, with a Great Britain win from Shanaze Reade really making many people’s day.

“The athletes loved the fast and challenging course and our volunteers and workforce rose to the occasion over the two days with challenging weather conditions of our own.

“I would like the thank all the spectators who waited through the afternoon while rain delayed competition to cheer on the athletes as they made their way around the course.”

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport who supported the event said: “We are delighted to be investing Lottery funding into the London Prepares Series.

“The delivery of these events has been outstanding and with plenty more world class events coming to our shores over the next twelve months, not only will we have more chances to witness top level sport in this country, but our athletes will also have the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd before the Games next summer.”

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