Defending champion targets Olympic test event as she focuses on London 2012

BMX world champion Shanaze Reade will not defend her title in Copenhagen this weekend as she seeks to recover from a wrist injury ahead of next month’s Olympic test event at the Olympic track in Stratford.

Reade, aged 22, three times a world champion in BMX and twice on the track in partnership with Victoria Pendleton in the team sprint, has unfinished business at the Olympics.

She had been one of Britain’s big gold medal hopes at Beijing three years ago but crashed in the final as she sought to catch the woman who won the gold medal, Anne-Caroline Chausson of France.

The rider, who comes from Crewe, recently had surgery on a wrist problem, but has aggravated that injury, according to a statement from British Cycling.

"Preparing for the test event is the priority for my Olympic ambitions and I don't want to do anything to jeopardise being ready for that," she explained.

"It was a tough choice to make as obviously I wanted to go out there and defend my world title."

The Olympic test event takes place on 19 and 20 August.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.