Reade hopes for more home joy

26 May 2012 / 10:17

Shanaze Reade is to bid for further success in front of a partisan crowd at the BMX World Championships in Birmingham.

The 23-year-old Crewe rider won time-trial silver at the National Indoor Arena on Friday, a week after she was hospitalised with severe concussion following a crash at the BMX track in Manchester.

The super cross event, where eight riders vie for position on the track, takes place on Saturday, with Reade seeking a fourth world title in the Olympic discipline. "I know already what I could improve on and tomorrow's a new day," Reade said on Friday after being beaten by Australia's Caroline Buchanan.

"I want to go out there to try to win in front of my home crowd. It's fantastic preparation because you've got all the British people. It's going to be similar to the Olympics. It's a great stepping stone on the way."

Reade's recent accident caused her to miss three days' training in London, which represented the last chance to ride the Olympic track before August's competition.

Despite alterations being made since she won the test event last summer, Reade is unfazed by the prospect of using video footage to familiarise herself with the track where she will bid for Olympic glory.

"I raced there at the test event, so I know the surroundings," she added. "I won the test event so that gave me great confidence."

Liam Phillips equalled Reade's achievement with his first World Championships medal. The 23-year-old from Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset was in gold medal position only to be overtaken by final rider Connor Fields of the United States.

Phillips said: "This was a race that I've been looking forward to for some time. The Olympics is top of the order, but you can't overlook a World Championships in your back yard. I can take a lot of confidence, but at the same time I'm looking to build on this going forward."

Reade is joined in the women's super cross by Abbie Taylor, who qualified in 21st place, while Tre Whyte and Grant Hill will compete in the men's event with Phillips.