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Athlete spotlight: Harriet Burbidge-Smith From BMX to freeride, this Canberra native goes big

Athlete spotlight: Harriet Burbidge-Smith From BMX to freeride, this Canberra native goes big

Athlete spotlight: Harriet Burbidge-Smith From BMX to freeride, this Canberra native goes big

Photo by Paris Gore Photography

Meet the Canberra native tearing up up on her bike across continents.

Harriet Burbidge-Smith, or Haz for short, is an Elite Women MTB Freerider and racer. After leaving the world of BMX in 2018, Haz has achieved many great feats. With over 18 years of race experience, 2 x World Championship titles, and 8 x Australian titles, the 25-year-old is continuing to make an impact. 

After moving over to Europe, the Canberra native stated that “everyone there just took me in straight away. The British team sort of adopted me, and suddenly I just felt part of this community… I think my personality just fit so much better in that environment than it did in BMX”. Taking the leap across to mountain biking, with Trek supporting her, has surely paid off tenfold for this incredible athlete.  

Haz is not only dedicated to riding, but she is also passionate about filmmaking. Some of her best videos are showcased on her Instagram @HazNationBikes.

 

Haz gets big air

Photo by Paris Gore Photography

Date of birth 

18/05/1996  

 

From 

 

Australia 

 

Team 

Regional teams and athletes 

 

Support 

Trek Australia 

 

Discipline 

Mountain bike 

 

Social media 

Instagram: @HazNationBikes

YouTube: HAZNATION Bikes

Haz racing MTB

Photo by Jake Sedivy Photographer

We sat down with Haz for a little Q & A

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who gave it? 

“Focus on what you can control right in this moment – focus on the next step.” I got this advice from a good friend of mine. 

 

If you could have a dinner party with any 3 people in the world, dead or alive, who would you pick? 

Thats hard! People who I can learn something from/make me laugh! 

 

What is your favorite Trek or Bontrager equipment? 

“I love my Trek Ticket S, just a super fun and playful bike!” 

Photo by Jakub Sedivy Photographer

Recent Race Results
 

March 2021 – National DH Championships 

1st place – Pump Track 

3rd Place – Downhill 

  

March 2021 – Highline MTB Festival 

First woman to compete in Slopestyle in an Australian Event. 

  

Crankworx Innsbruck June 2021 

Currently leading Queen of Crankworks 

1st Place – Dual slalom 

3rd Place Speed and style 

5th Place Pump track 

Photo by Paris Gore Photography

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