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Women's Wednesday: On the Rise with Addison Harris

Women's Wednesday: On the Rise with Addison Harris

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 8:00 PM

Women's Wednesday: On the Rise with Addison Harris

The future is bright for women's racing! With many younger girls coming through the ranks, the WXC class has some serious competition in the coming years. Addison Harris has proven she's one to watch. After winning the 2022 Girls Supermini Championship and wrapping up her second one early this year, Harris followed it up with quite the punch line in her first bike bike race last round. Lining up for the first time in the 10am race against the stacked competition in the Women's class, Addison not only took the win by over four minutes, but based on time, would have finished THIRD in the WXC class. 

Although she has another year before she's old enough to line up against the pros, we're beyond excited to see how she does as she moves through the ranks with these promising results. We had a chance to catch up with Addi Harris as she shared with us a bit about herself, her goals, and all things dirt bikes! 

Addie earned nine wins in the Girls Super Mini class, clinching the championship early.
Addie earned nine wins in the Girls Super Mini class, clinching the championship early. Courtesy Harris Family

When and how did you first get started riding?!

Well, I started riding on a strider as soon as I could walk.  When I was a 4-year-old my mom and dad put me on an OSET bike in my first race at the Hoot Owl hare scramble. 

When did you know you wanted to race? 

When I won my first race, I was so happy, I wanted to win more. Everyone loves to win right?

How did you get started GNCC Racing?! 

My dad and mom both raced GNCC. My dad raced bikes and my mom (for fun) raced quads. So as soon as I was old enough, I was racing. 

What are your goals with racing short and long term? What drives you to chase after them? 

Ever since I won my first national championship, I have made racing my whole life. I am hoping to do well in the Women’s class this year, so when I’m old enough and I am ready I can move up to the WXC and be competitive. I am going to be the best I can, for as long as I can, as a racer. What's driving me to chase my goals is, I’m hoping to have the opportunity to travel and race in and out of the country, maybe win the WXC Title some day?  When I’m ready to retire, I’m planning on working as a fitness trainer and working with and training horses.  

Addie starting out on her OSET.
Addie starting out on her OSET. Courtesy Harris Family

After wrapping up the Supermini Girls Championship, how did it feel to win your first big bike race in the women's class? 

I definitely impressed myself, I was proud of my finish for sure. It was hard to be in the am race for the first time and gage if I was going to slow or two fast I never really raced 2hrs before at that speed. I am super excited for next year!

Where will we see you racing next year? 

I will be racing the GNCC Women’s class, I’m going to use next year to adjust to the big bike, continue to learn, and train more before I move up. I am excited for the Women’s class in 2024 to race with some very completive women/girls.

What goes on behind the scenes to prepare for racing WXC? 

Well, a lot of training and hard work that’s for sure, giving up some fun times to train is what it takes to race and be competitive in the WXC. I will continue to eat healthy, go to the gym, and stay focused. I have support from KTM North America which is going to help bring me to the next level. Most importantly, Training with legends like Steve Hatch and Power Of The Minds will help me be prepared. 

She has also been a barrel racer since she was 8 years old, and is a multi-year NBHA world qualifier.
She has also been a barrel racer since she was 8 years old, and is a multi-year NBHA world qualifier. Courtesy Harris Family

What do you consider your strengths as a racer?  

My fitness and dedication to the sport.

What's your favorite GNCC track or terrain? 

Buckwheat 100 and Iron Man are my favorites so far (on the little bike), I’m not sure what GNCC track I will like best on the big bike!

I love ROCKS, ROOTS, AND MUD! Growing up in New England that’s what I learned to ride in so I feel at home in that terrain. 

Who do you look up to as your racing hero and why? 

I look up to my dad as my racing HERO, He is one that I look up to because he continues to ride and race! My dad raced competitively when he was younger, he then took a brake until he met my mom. He started to race again and has even won championships!  I have always loved to see him happy with me. In the moment I might not like to be pushed but without my dad pushing me on those tough moto’s/days I would never be where I am today. It's pretty cool he is out on the track at the same time with me in some races.  

What advice would you give to a younger racer that aspires to be where you are one day?  

If you stay focused on what you want to achieve, put in the hard work, late nights even when you don’t want to, you can be successful. It takes a lot of time and dedication to have good academics and be physically fit for racing. One of the biggest things is balance, have fun, don’t let yourself get burnt out, racing is nothing if you don’t love it. 

Addie pictured with current WXC racer, Korie Steede.
Addie pictured with current WXC racer, Korie Steede. Courtesy Harris Family

What do you enjoy most about racing and why do you continue to pursue it so passionately? 

I love the competition and the sport all together. I like being a girly girl on the weekdays but a tough girl on the weekends. I like to learn from races I do bad at, helps me figure out what I did wrong so that I can be better than I was before.

What else do you like to do besides racing?! Do you have any other hobbies?

Horses, horses, and more horses…. I have been a barrel racer since I was 8 years old, I am a multi-year NBHA world qualifier. While I’m pursuing dirt bike racing, I will continue to ride my horses and barrel race on the off weekends so that I don’t get burnt out. When my dirt bike years are over I will 100% be a horse chick!

Lastly, we know it takes a team for a racer to have the accomplishments you do, who would you like to thank? 

My family, friends, and supporters who helped me grow to where I am today. I really want to thank my mom and dad, they do so much for me and my brother, driving to the races, working on bikes, and bringing me up when I’m down. They are my rocks. Also my brother for practicing with me and keeping the training fun and challenging. This past year wouldn’t be possible without Ross Mauri and the KTM Trail Jesters team believing in me and giving me this opportunity, Carl Van Niekerk and Moose for supporting me with the best-looking gear, Rick Zeifelder at Factory Connection always making sure my bike is set up correctly and being available track side if I need them. I want to give A very special thank you to my mechanic Brett Costello, he has kept my bikes in top shape, and I brought back some destroyed race bikes this year! He is always there when we need him and truly appreciate him and his motivational notes, he leaves on my bike every weekend. Last but not least, my incredible sponsors Wick Flow, FMF, Alpinestar, P-3 Carbon, Hammer Nutrition, and Edelman Sales.

Harris and her family at the 2022 GNCC Banquet.
Harris and her family at the 2022 GNCC Banquet. Courtesy Harris Family