WHEN Shanaze Reade lines up for the first Olympic BMX race later this month, the twice-world champion will have a Solihull presence cheering her on.
The 19-year-old from Crewe is favourite to strike gold on August 20 after losing just one race in six years and retaining her world title in Beijing in May.
Ensuring the Team GB member's needs are taken care of is former champion cyclist Keith Reynolds from Damson Lane who, as manager of British Cycling's BMX squad, will be with the unbeatable teenager every pedal of the way.
"It's been a two year project - Shanaze was world champion last year and retained her title this year so it's kind of exciting because there's a lot at stake," said the 44 -year-old.
"I've been managing the whole BMX squad for the last two seasons.
My role at the Olympics is to make sure the team only has to worry about riding a bike- everything else is laid on for them"
Keith, whose father Harry is Solihull's Tour de France sensation, is no stranger to glory having garnered gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games as well as competing in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in1984. He finally hung up his professional wheels in 1996.
A former Lighthall School pupil who was born in Shirley, Keith is confident that Shanaze, who been training at a specially-built replica of the 340-metre track at the Manchester velodrome, will bring home Gold for Great Britain. "She has got a really good chance of at gold. Shanaze is the current champion and odds on favourite. She's quite a phenomenon!"
The Olympic Games games take place between August 8 and 24.