Harnden takes silver in strong showing for Brits at Mountain Bike European Championships

Harnden takes silver in strong showing for Brits at Mountain Bike European Championships

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Harriet Harnden earned an impressive silver medal in the women’s junior race at the UEC Mountain Bike European Championships in Austria.

The 17-year-old produced a fine ride to finish second only to home favourite Laura Stigger, who won by more than two minutes, with Harnden well clear of the Czech Republic’s Tereza Saskova in third.

It continued an impressive season for Harnden, who finished fourth in the women’s under-23 race at the cyclo-cross world championships earlier this year while still only 16.

Harnden’s performance came in the first of four races on Sunday, with Frazer Clacherty closing out the day in the men’s under-23 race.

The Brit came home in eighth, producing a strong finish in the race which was won by France’s Joshua Dubau.

Also competing in the race was compatriot Cameron Orr, who finished a little further back in 37th place.

In the women’s under-23 race, it was Isla Short who led the charge for the Brits as she came home in ninth spot in a race won by Switzerland’s Sina Frei, with Short coming home strongly to earn a top ten finish.

Finally in the men’s junior race, the duo of Sean Flynn and Charlie Aldridge were separated by just eight seconds as they finished ninth and tenth respectively.

Switzerland’s Alexandre Balmer took the gold, with Flynn having just enough to hold off his compatriot.