She’s dominated in BMX. She also dominated in track cycling. Now Shanaze Reade had hoped to take her talents into 4X racing with a planned debut at the Nissan UCI World Cup this weekend in Fort William, but a shoulder injury has ruled her out of action for four months.
BMX star Reade picked up the shoulder injury on 16 May when she fell off her bike after riding over a loose stone on the track and landing on the same shoulder she injured two years ago. Medical scans showed that the recent fall exacerbated an old injury and surgeons have recommended a keyhole procedure to fully identify and fix the problem.
The injury necessitates four months of recovery, which unfortunately means Reade will be unable to defend her BMX World Champion title in Australia in July, which she has held for two years. More pertinently for those heading to Fort William this weekend, her planned move into 4X racing will be put on hold until further notice.
“I’m very disappointed that I can’t race at the BMX World’s this year,” Reade says. “I really wanted to get out there and defend my title. I’m also disappointed that I can’t make my mountain bike debut in the 4-cross at the World Cup. My focus now is on recovery and getting back into training as soon as I can, so I can begin my preparations for London 2012.”