Exclusive: Shanaze Reade won't rule out BMX-Track double

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British BMX cyclist Shanaze Reade has refused to rule out competing in both her specialist event and track cycling in the future.

The 25-year-old was speaking to GiveMeSport ahead of her trip to America, with Reade set to compete in the ABA BMX circuit on the other side of the Atlantic.

It's a big move for a British Olympian still chasing her gold medal dream, with Reade looking to gain an edge ahead of a crack at success in Rio in 2016.

But, rather than solely talking up her chances in BMX, she admitted that she had not completely ruled out the possibility of returning to track cycling in what would be an improbably double-up.

"When I won track gold, it was kind of by accident. I always did it to be better for BMX and be better on the BMX bike. But, when I did it, I happened to be pretty good at it. It was an avenue I half explored," she told GiveMeSport.

"I'm not completely ruling out the track, but I'm not stupid in the fact that everybody has stepped up and got faster and faster. I'd have to prove myself to the team. But, I think I am capable of that if my mind is 100% on it."

Reade certainly has the credentials on the track, winning two golds and a silver at the World Championships over a three year-period as part of the GB Team Sprint team.

The biker, who has Olympic experience at Beijing and London, is using her American experience to prepare for the next games from a BMX point of view however, and is hoping to succeed after two previous disappointments.

"2016 Olympic Gold is my aim. America is a great platform to build off moving forward [for the games]. This will be good to aid for that. It's not like this is something that I think would be good for a year, it's all about laying a platform to build on for the games," she added.

The Crewe-born racer stressed the difficulty of doubling-up with Track-Cycling and BMX however, pointing out the different attributes the two forms of the sport require. Whilst she didn't rule it out, Reade is well aware that it would be a tough ask to split her time across the separate events.

"Doing just one discipline is difficult enough. I might be the best and the top in the world in BMX and Track Cycling in an Olympic year. But, it all boils down to am I not spreading myself too thin. BMX you have to be a lot more skill-based now, and on track there is a lot more strength and speed," she concluded.

"Trying to combine them both and being really good at them both - I think it would be quite difficult. With the way the next generation is coming up as well, I think it'd be quite hard to do that. It's difficult trying to be the best at one sport, let alone two."

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