MTB RacingHolly Harris joins MERIDA gunn-rita mtb team

Aussie MTB'er Holly Harris first started Mountain Biking with her dad, for fun around home. Holly has come a long way since then as she now joins the queen of mountain biking and the most successful World Cup mountain biker of all time Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå’s new team. Gunn-Rita has been a pioneer of women’s mountain biking globally and has helped shaped the sport to what it is today.

"I am so excited to be apart of a team with a rider who has been an inspiration to me ever since I started following World Cup Mountain biking. Having access to such a huge wealth of knowledge is an amazing opportunity for me and will be a massive step forward for my cycling career. I am excited to see what this season will bring with some awesome races coming up! It is great to have the continued support from MERIDA Bikes Australia, so I can keep riding some of the best racing weapons on the market." Says Holly Harris.

Gunn-Rita says “This season I got a true, new MERIDA member in my team. Holly Harris from Australia will be joining me in Team MERIDA GunnRita. Holly has been riding MERIDA bikes for several years already. She is a young and hardworking mountain biker that performs at a high level and does a lot of great things for young cyclist in Australia. I look forward to getting to know this young lady and have her in my team.
My dream is to have more young girls like Holly joining Team MERIDA GunnRita for the coming years, supported by the national MERIDA dealer. We plan to have training camps together at the end of season and the beginning of the season. I would like to pass on my experience and knowledge from all the years in this sport, as well as inspire young girls to work hard towards their goals. It will also be a good opportunity for me to visit more MERIDA countries around the world for the coming years.”

MERIDA Bikes Australia Marketing Manager Chris-Jane Lo says "Holly has been representing MERIDA bikes for many years and is a huge influence in encouraging female riders to get out riding/racing. Holly is very well respected in the Australian mtb community. She trains hard and races hard, but she is also very approachable. All the young riders look up to her.  We are very excited for Holly to be joining Team MERIDA GunnRita".

 “Stians Sport AS is a proud sponsor of the legendary queen of Mountainbike GUNN-Rita who has been together with MERIDA for more than 15 years. We are glad see the team expand internationally with a rider like Holly Harris and look forward to the start of the season with more strong riders in the team”

Holly Rides a MERIDA Ninety-Six Team bike and MERIDA Scultura 9000

Follow Holly's MTBing adventures at @hollyharris_7


Holly Harris





Home town:

Armidale NSW

Years Riding:

7 years


Co-owner of Bicycle Central on Marsh

Chainring size:



MTB -  MERIDA team Ninety Six because who doesn't need a little extra suspension in their life ? I am also running a SRAM Eagle Drive train (which is heavenly), with a Quarq power metre.
ROADIE: MERIDA Scultura 9000


Nill although I do dabble in XCO. Wish I could go enduro with my blessing of wild unicorns. Also I did an XCM race once, I am also very rarely spotted on my Merida Scultura 9000.

Favourite Race:

Obviously the UNE 12hrs in the Piney ! Actually any  race in Armidale because the NEMTB crew is a bunch of legends and they can't put a foot wrong!

Favourite place to ride:

Armidale Pine forest, mostly just because I don't get lost :)

I love riding my Team Ninety Six, it feels smooth and comfortable yet snappy and fast at the same time. My confidence on the bike has improved massively since riding this rocket ship, in my opinion it is the ultimate XC weapon.


Updates from Holly:

Race Report from Nerang (January 2018) >>

Race Report from Pemberton WA (January 2018) >>