About Me

Hi everyone, welcome to my website!

My name is Hannah Barnes, I live in a little log cabin in the Highlands of Scotland. In between my travels, racing and adventures all over the world, it is a great place to come home to. 

My younger brother Joe, also a professional rider, and I grew up in Patterdale in the English Lake District. Our parents were passionate hill runners during Summer and spent Winters in Kvitavatn, Norway, cross-country skiing. They both have lot’s of medals and trophies from their running, sailing and skiing days! I am so grateful to be part of such an active family with a zest for life! 

We moved to Fort William when I was 7, Mum and Dad wanted to live by the sea and the bigger mountains, and be in a wilder more remote place to have adventures! When I was age 14 my Mum and Dad took Joe and I out of school for a year. We sailed in our yacht Te Bheag (an Ohlson 38′) from Fort William around the Atlantic. We sailed via Spain, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Tobago and the Caribbean, the Azores, Ireland, then back home to Fort William and back to school! It certainly was an unforgettable family adventure! 

After High School I travelled to Fairbanks, Alaska to work at Susan Butcher and Dave Monson’s Trail Breaker Kennel – Trail Breaker Kennel. I helped train the young dogs and exercise the race dogs for long distance races such as the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Living in an Alaskan winter was awesome! Going on mushing adventures into the mountains with friends and a team of lovely huskies, sitting in a hot tub looking at the Northern Lights after a long ski, taking husky pups out running in front of a sled for the first time, eating moose meat and dried salmon, cross country skiing down the frozen river to the coffee shop…  it was certainly a time to remember! 

I went to University in Glasgow, where I gained a Bachelor of Nursing in 2008. I always thought it would be a really nice job being a Nurse. I’ve always liked looking after people, and I find the physiology of the human body and how it all works really fascinating. I love the hands-on practicality of treating someone for an injury or illness, especially in A&E. Every day is different, you can see anything from a fish bone stuck in a windpipe, to multiple traumatic injuries from an avalanche rescue. It can be really exciting and is always interesting!

I got into cycling relatively late, it was 2005 before I did my first race at the age of 18. 

I have mixed it up, competing in 10 hour endurance races, national xc races, enduro races, adventure races, downhill races, and off-road triathlons. A highlight race for me was in 2009 when I raced the Big Ben Nevis Triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km off road bike, 21km hill run up and down Ben Nevis), know as “Britain’s toughest off-road triathlon”. I came 7th overall and broke the female record in 8 hrs 16 mins. In 2011 I was 5th overall, and with tougher conditions came one minute off my own record.

I love travelling the world having adventures with my bike. I am a professional rider for Specialized, and I also squeeze in some nursing work whenever I am at home! 

 

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If you would like to make contact then the best way to do so at present is via my facebook athlete page 🙂 

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