Reade happy to have company
Shanaze Reade is delighted fellow Briton Liam Phillips will be able to help them both to further BMX success.
Reade's delight at fellow Briton Phillips' BMX World Championships triumph this summer helped temper her disappointment at missing the event through injury.
Phillips won every race on his way to securing what was his maiden world title in New Zealand in July.
And as far as three-time world champion Reade is concerned, her compatriot emulating her by breaking through to enjoy success at that level is a good thing for both riders.
The spotlight in terms of British BMX has been firmly upon Reade over the last few years, and she is happy to share it.
The 25-year-old said: "I've known Liam pretty much from day one when I got into BMX.
"We have always been the leading two in terms of our results on a national and international level and then this year, with him winning the world title in New Zealand, I couldn't have been more happy for him.
"It's not like it has previously been just about me, but I have pulled in results and now we can share that pressure between us both and it's nice to do that."
Knee ligament damage is what halted Reade's progress in what had been a promising 2013.
"It has been a pretty weird year really," the Crewe-born rider said.
"Coming into the season, I won the first two World Cups and won them quite convincingly.
"I felt really good going into the World Championships, but then I got an injury.
"It has been hard. I was pretty much out for four months and I am coming back from that now.
"I have been back on the bike for a couple of weeks in terms of on the track itself.
"I am obviously a bit behind in terms of fitness, but it's just nice, instead of being on a stationary bike, to actually be on my BMX bike again.
"There is a race in America called the ABA Grands, and pretty much all the top competition will be there, so I'm probably going to do that in November.
"But with the ligament damage I have done to my knee, it is one of those where you can't set anything too firmly in place because you just don't know how it will respond in training each week."
Reade was speaking on the day British Cycling published a six-month update on its campaign to attract a million more women to the sport by 2020, which it says is "on track" with around 106,000 females having participated in the governing body's programmes so far this year.
And in terms of the elite level of BMX, Reade is encouraged by how the women's side of things is developing at Manchester's national training base.
Asked about the young female talent coming through at the BMX facility, which opened in 2011, Reade said: "I don't know about pushing me for my number one spot! But there are definitely girls coming through - good, healthy talent, whether that be at talent team level or the academy.
"I think I have a few more years left in me, and hopefully they will take over from me when I retire! But they are all pushing each other, which is great to see."
Reade, who failed to medal at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is targeting a big career finale at the 2016 Rio Games.
"That's the last one and I'll pretty much be done after that," she said.
"I've got the next three years to really, really make the most of, mentally and physically.
"It is like a bit of a jigsaw and I just want to get the puzzle right this time.
"It is going to be my last Games and it would be the icing on the cake to win."