World champ Reade opens Birmingham's new BMX track

By on 06/06/2011 in News
  • Date: Thursday June 9
  • Time: 9:50am
  • Venue: Aldridge Road, Perry Park, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2TX
  • What: Media are invited to join World Champion Shanaze Reade for a cycling masterclass before Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anita Ward officially opens the new Birmingham BMX track.

BMX world champion Shanaze Reade will give a masterclass to reporters as the new Birmingham BMX track is officially opened on Thursday June 9.

The three-times UCI BMX World Champion will hold a Q&A session before putting journalists through their paces on the Perry Park track.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anita Ward will then officially open the new facility, which is a joint project between Birmingham City Council and British Cycling and has been designed and built by Clark and Kent Contractors.

The international BMX track is part of the legacy programme for the World BMX Championships, which are being hosted at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena in May 2012.

It was completed in April 2011 and will host two rounds of the UEC BMX European Championships later this month (June 18-19)

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, Councillor Martin Mullaney said: “The Birmingham BMX track is another world class sporting facility we can be extremely proud of.

“It will play host to some of the finest riders in the world later this month as part of a great summer of sport in Birmingham and I'm delighted world champion Shanaze Reade is joining us for the opening.”

Jonny Clay, Events Director of British Cycling added: “Birmingham now has a state of the art International BMX track that will allow generations of BMXers to enjoy the facility. We have enjoyed working with the city to get this track reinstated and look forward to bringing the World Championships to the city in 2012.”

To find out more about the track and the upcoming UEC BMX European Championships please visit


Notes to editors

Press interested in taking part in a personal Q&A session with World Champion Shanaze Reade need to arrive for 9.50. You will receive hints and tips from Shanaze and then have the opportunity to ride parts of the track.

If interested, please ensure you are wearing:

  • Flat trainers
  • Jeans or tracksuit
  • Long sleeved top
  • Long socks
  • Personal Protective equipment will also be provided.


  • 9:50 Press arrive for induction on the track
  • 10-10.15 Q & A session with Shanaze
  • 10.15-10.45 Press on the track
  • 11.00 Lord Mayor arrives
  • 11.15 Lord Mayor opens the track.
  • 11:15-11.30 Q&A with hints and tips from Shanaze
  • 11.30-12 Kids on the track with senior riders (Press picture opportunities)

If attending, please contact Hema Dhingra on 0121 675 2798 or 07951 640 845.

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