Harriet Burbidge-Smith is on tour in Australia

Though Harriet Burbidc-Smith, he has competed in BMX races all his life, and in the end (which makes us very happy) he gets on a big landing bike. The Australian BMX racing champion is one of the most versatile female cyclists in the world with her unique style and very smooth, confident ride.

His skills on the tracks adapted for racing on “small” bikes gave him a good start in other weight classes. When we look at Harriet’s control of the freestyle, the park-like parts, we can’t take our eyes off her in the true sense of the word. Launch the player you will find at the top of the article and see for yourself what the Australian is capable of!

Harriet Burbidge-Smith knows that her career is gaining momentum!

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Since we were able to make a film together recently, we decided to talk to Harriet about how her amazing career has developed:

Harriet! How are you? Tell us how your cycling adventure began.

I am now 25 years old and at the age of 4 I started my adventure with BMX racing. My parents quickly saw that I liked the discipline, and they got involved in the construction of a local track that we practiced with our friends. I only rode this type of bike for 16 years, but that changed a while ago. When I appeared on Crankworx, I realized that my place was in the mountains, and I had to commit to riding a little bigger bike. Last season, I discovered freerding and realized that this is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Why did you decide to give up the BMX race after a long time?

As I grew up, BMX was just a part of me. I spent most of my free time training on the tracks and racing. I even won some important races, but it wasn’t surprising when I started competing in the UCI World Cup. For a long time I thought about what I was doing wrong and what I missed. After a while, when I came to Crankworx on an MTB bike, I realized that BMX racing tracks were not just for me.

What is missing from BMX in MTB?

Mountain biking gives me unlimited opportunities. I can show a little bit of my creativity in BMX. I was born a competitor and just love to race, but I have the impression that I can additionally show a unique style on a big bike. All this makes more sense to me. I love making movies with my friends and trying new things, but I also need to race from time to time. The MTB bike gives me everything I need, so I’m just happy to ride the freeride!

    Burbidc-Smith is in action!

Burbidc-Smith is in action!

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Almost any girl can not boast of such a style!

Almost any girl can not boast of such a style!

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Talk a little about your latest film.

We all wanted to shoot this clip in Australia, so Maiden’s bike park came to mind. I don’t think this place is as popular as it deserves. Lots of smooth runs with huge hills, lots of technical singles with difficult elements and, of course, fast sections that look great in movies – everything I need is in place. The whole filming process was a brilliant adventure for me. I think everyone who watches the video will find Tasmania a great place to ride a bike!

The experience of female freeride began to develop very strongly. What do you think about it?

This is really great. I have met many talented women footballers in the last few years. I love watching them develop and succeed. Girls have always had the ability to drive, but recently they have been provided with their own place to develop. Many people pay attention to how suddenly this “leap” happened, but the truth is that we are working very consistently for it.

Burbidc-Smith will take part in the Red Bull Formation competition!

Burbidc-Smith will take part in the Red Bull Formation competition!

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Who should we follow?

There are so many talented girls that it’s hard for me to name one. Brooke Anderson from the United States is the future of the sport. He is 14 or 15 years old and he already plays better than many experienced players. The same goes for Canadian Natasha Miller, who may soon be confused with women’s slopestyle. I am very interested to see what his career will be like. This girl has a really great talent, so I hope she will find a place where she will feel confident and open her wings.

For several years, you have been supporting young female drivers and creating a female freeride community

Yes, I even organize what I call “Momentum”. Last year we flew with more experienced riders, but this season I would like to go to other cyclists and organize an open workshop. In this way, I would like to encourage girls to engage in the most extreme types of cycling. We have great potential in Australia. There is one thing we need to work on and strive for, as we proved last season when 8 girls took part in a slopestyle competition. I think this is a really great result!

Harriet will take part in the Crankworx competition

Harriet will take part in the Crankworx competition

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What do you think will be the future of women’s freeride?

I would like to see more parties where riders and riders will appear. I hope that over time, there will be more content for girls to play leading roles. In general, I hope that everyone will continue to be excited about cycling and that each competitor will be able to rely on the support that will lead to the development of our society.

What will your future look like?

First, I will travel to Canada and the United States to attend the Red Bull Formation event. Then I plan to make several film projects that we want to do with the best girls. There are also Crankworx races that I plan to show myself ahead of. In general, I look forward to the next few days on the bike. I drive better and more confident than ever!

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