Mountain Biking | Adventure | Yoga

My Story

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 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. We moved to Fort William when I was 7, Mum and Dad wanted to live by the sea and the bigger mountains. Age 14, Mum and Dad took Joe and I out of school. We sailed in our yacht Te Bheag (an Ohlson 38′) from Fort William around the Atlantic. We sailed via Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, across to Tobago, up the Caribbean islands, across to the Azores, Ireland, then back home to Fort William. We turned up back at school a year later!

After High School I travelled to Fairbanks, Alaska, to work at Susan Butcher and Dave Monson’s sled dog 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. I loved living in a little log cabin in remote Alaska, especially during the extreme winter weather.  Going on mushing adventures deep into the mountains with friends and a team of dogs, 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, and the day to day life of living ‘off grid’. It was brilliant! My little house in Scotland is much the same as that little Alaskan cabin.

I then 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 very interesting. I love the hands-on practicality of the job, especially working in A&E. Every day is different, you can see anything from a fish bone stuck in a windpipe, to multiple traumatic injuries from a mountain accident. It is always interesting and varied.

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

I started off riding for Orange Mountain Bikes, on the Cut Media team with my brother Joe. I have been with Specialized Bicycles since 2015, it has been absolutely brilliant to share this journey with them and I really couldn’t ask for a better partner! The key for me to keep it fun and interesting has always been to do a good mix and variety of events.

I competed in the Enduro World Series for 5 years, finishing that in 2017.

I have raced multiple cross-country stage races such as La Leyenda del Dorado, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, Rumble in the Jungle and BC Bike Race. A highlight achievement for me was 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. Two years later I came in 1st female and 5th overall, and with tougher conditions came just one minute off my own record.

These days, I am less race focussed & love riding my bike more than ever. This sport and amazing community is an incredible tool for adventure and having a healthy happy life!

In 2018 I started Ride OM – mountain bike and yoga retreats. The first retreat was such a success, so incredibly fun and rewarding. I will hold just one retreat each year and make sure to keep them special and unique.

I am in the middle of my yoga teacher training, through the Yoga Sport Science training school – I love it and can’t wait to start sharing it!

I am a professional mountain biker for Specialized Bicycles, an Elite Lululemon Ambassador, and a BMW Mountains Ambassador.

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