Shanaze Reade wins women’s team sprint at National Track Championships on comeback from retirement

Shanaze Reade wins women’s team sprint at National Track Championships on comeback from retirement

Shanaze Reade claimed her first British title  on Sunday as she won the women’s team sprint alongside Blaine Ridge-Davis at the National Track Championships in Manchester.

After originally making a name for herself on the BMX circuit where she won two senior world titles, Reade switched over to the track where, alongside Victoria Pendleton, she won back-to back rainbow jerseys in the team sprint. Two further BMX world titles were followed by another spell riding on the track, before her retirement in 2017.

Reade announced she would retire from competitive cycling in April 2017 to focus on coaching, though made a surprise return to the boards last year. Since her return, the 30-year-old has been training as a guest on the Great Britain Cycling Team at the National Cycling Centre.

Despite having amassed a long and varied palmarès, Reade had not, until Sunday, won a national title, in either track or BMX cycling.

Riding for team North West, Reade and Ridge-Davis overhauled Team Terminator – Sophie Capewell and Milly Tanner – in the last lap to take gold. Vicky Williamson, who is returning to the sport following a long lay-off as she recovered from fracturing her neck and back and dislocating her pelvis during a crash in March 2016, won bronze alongside Lusia Steele.

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