We catch up with Hattie Harnden to catch up on everything Trek Factory Racing Enduro, T-Mo Racing and what she is aiming for next.
Since the announcement of me signing for Trek Factory Racing Enduro (@TFRenduro) I have been asked a lot of questions about my decision and just like the rest of you I didn’t see it coming. When speaking to people about it I have noticed that it has either been assumed that I am no longer racing XC and cyclocross, or that Trek Factory Racing are supporting me to race XC and cyclocross as well as enduro.
Of which neither are true. So I thought now would be as good a time as any to clear the air.
Back in September, after my final XC race of the season at XC World Champs, I made the decision to leave the British Cycling MTB XC squad for various reasons. After being a part of the British Cycling program for the past 4 years I felt that I needed my own space, for at least the next year or few years. This was my first big decision, which at first just looks like I was making life harder for myself. This meant that for each and every World Cup or training camp I would have to fully self-fund. Fortunately, I still had the support of T-Mo Racing (@tmoracing), Trek Bikes UK (@trekbikesuk) and The Cycle Jersey (@thecyclejersey) in supporting me with bikes and kit.
So as you can already tell 2020 was going to have a lot of change in it for me, as well as me moving up to u23 for XC. After my first few World Enduros in 2019, adding more enduro to my 2020 calendar was something I didn’t want to miss out on! However, signing for Trek Factory Racing was something I never could have anticipated (Still pinching myself to check I am not dreaming). I’d also been lucky enough to meet and hang out with the Trek Factory Racing team at the time, @katywinton and @pedroburns, at the EWS races I did in 2019. My word, it was an eye opener to the world of enduro. This hasn’t reduced my drive to compete in XC or cyclocross, just that the possibilities and my new found love for enduro are impossible to ignore.
Obviously 2020 isn’t going to be anything like the year we were expecting with all that’s going on at the moment, which has put a brake on all the racing. This year I was hoping to be racing XC National, European and World Championships, as well as a handful of the World Cups, as well as 5 rounds of the Enduro World Series and as much cyclocross as fits in :) However with the current situation I’m just taking each day as it comes and make the most of each opportunity.