Published: 19 April 2013
Report: Scott Hobro/Joe Ganley
Images: Luke Webber
Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips completed a Great Britain double with victories in the UCI BMX Supercross time trials in Manchester.
Reade, the final rider to record a time in the elite women’s Superfinal, managed 32.351, nearly a second better than second place Alise Post of the USA.
Phillips was equally as dominant in the elite men’s category, posting 29.357 to usurp Canadian Tory Nyhaug in the final field of 16.
Earlier the duo had both gone fastest in qualifying as the National BMX Centre, the home of the Great Britain team, welcomed the UCI BMX Supercross for the first time.
"It’s mega," Phillips said after his first ever win in the series. "I’ve never won a time trial – I’ve come close a couple of times and thought I was going to win at the worlds but it was not to be.
"Ultimately, I feel a bit weird about it because it’s just a form of qualification. At the world championships it’s slightly different because there’s a rainbow jersey on the line, so that’s one you really, really want to win. These are ultimately just qualification, but it’s always nice to start off the weekend."
On her win, the first in the UCI series since the London Olympic test event in 2011, Reade said: "It was good just to win. It’s my home track so I know it pretty well.
"They put the ramp in there so that spiced things up a bit, but I’m really pleased to piece it all together and do a solid lap to finish with.
"If we get the right process, generally the result takes care of itself. If I can perform that lap every time in the motos, through the semi and the final, hopefully I’ll be on top of that podium tomorrow."
In addition to Phillips, four Great Britain Olympic Academy Programme riders were present in the men’s Superfinal.
Kyle Evans took sixth, Daniel McBride ninth, Tre Whyte 11th and Curtis Manaton 12th on a day in which British Cycling’s riders thrived on their home track. Manaton had led in qualifying for a long period until being deposed off by France's Joris Daudet, Nyhaug and ultimately teammate Phillips.
Nineteen-year-old Abbie Taylor joined Reade in the last 16 of the women's event, managing 10th position in a time of 34.181.
Under 16 world champion Quillan Isidore ended qualifying in 33rd, not quick enough for the Superfinals but in the top 64 who continue to the motos. An unfortunate crash for Grant Hill ended his weekend prematurely, the only Great Britain rider to miss out on qualification through to Saturday's racing.
Saturday sees racing begin with Phillips and Reade's efforts ensuring they will be ranked well for the motos draw.
"With that ramp it’s all about getting a good start," Phillips said. "That’s something that has certainly been a strong point of my racing.
"On paper, I’ve got a really good chance, but you’ve got seven other guys up there side by side. All it takes is for you to go a fraction of a second late out of the gate, or go a bit early, or make a mistake, and it’s all over. So we’ll just go through the motions and see where we’re at."