Birmingham hosts BMX battle

The 2012 UCI BMX World Championships take place in the UK city of Birmingham this May
Mariana Pajon
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By RedBull.com team

The biggest annual, one-off prize in BMX racing awaits, with the world’s best riders all chasing the right to wear the coveted rainbow stripes for the next 12 months.

This year the event takes on extra significance because it is the last opportunity for the nations to secure valuable qualification points as they strive to earn their place at the London Olympics.

Watch the event live on redbull.tv on Saturday, May 26, from 8pm (CET)

Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena will see some of the world’s best BMX riders go head-to-head over four days of competition between May 24-27.

More than 2,000 riders from 40 countries will jam-pack the arena as they compete for world titles in what promises to be one of the most spectacular World Championships ever.

Shanaze Reade
Shanaze Reade © Red Bull Content Pool

Shanaze Reade, 23, heads up a seven-strong selection of Great Britain Olympic Programme riders for the BMX World Championships.

Reade will be seeking a fourth supercross title in six years and is hoping to add to the time trial world title she won in July last year.

2007 saw Reade claim the world championship title for the first time, which she has claimed twice more, in 2008 and 2010.

Also competing in Birmingham will be Women's Elite rider Mariana Pajon. The 20-year-old Colombian, whose ambition is to compete at London 2012, already has more than 10 world championship titles to her name.

Stay tuned to redbull.com/bike for more from Birmingham.

Shanaze Reade
Shanaze Reade © Red Bull Content Pool
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