Looking back on Nikki Harris’ season


The only thing worse than being defeated in a fair and square race is not having the chance to race at all and that is exactly what has happened to Nikki Harris. She was one of the great surprises of this season. She’s been around for but she started to shine this year. She started winning races and she started to consistently beat big names.

It was great to see her getting faster and faster and I was sad to hear that she would have to miss the Worlds because a knee injury. On the flight last night I went through my archives and I put together a short gallery with ten photos of her season. Enjoy.

Nikki Harris wins the first Superprestige cyclocross race in Ruddervoorde, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

The first win came early, in Ruddervoorde.

Nikki Harris rides in the penultimate lap of the Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk
Nikki Harris in the penultimate lape of the Soudal Classics cyclocross race in Niel, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

Another win in the exceptionally muddy fields of Niel

Nikki Harris in the second lap of the second World Cup race in Plzen, Czech Republic. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

The first World Cup podium for Nikki in Plzen

Nikki Harris wins the 3rd Superprestige cyclocross race in Asper-Gavere, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

Nikki wins my favourite race, the Asper-Gavere Superprestige.

Nikki Harris in the second lap of the cyclocross World Cup race in Koksijde, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

Nikki steps further on a World Cup podium, a second place in Koksijde

Nikki Harris in the second lap of the Druivencross cyclocross race in Overijse, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

Second in Overijse, my other favourite course.

Nikki Harris in the last lap of the Bpost Bank Trofee cyclocross race in Baal, Belgium. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

Riding the sunny but muddy race in Baal.

Nikki Harris en route to win the British National Cyclocross Championships for the first time in her career in Bradford, United Kingdom. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

The pinnacle of her season: Nikki is about to win the Nationals in Bradford.

Nikki Harris rides the snowy World Cup course in Hoogerheide, Holland. Photo by Balint Hamvas / Cyclephotos.co.uk

The snowy Hoogerheide – the knee problems were apparent by then.

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