Joe Barnes Euro Blog - Part Four

October 05 2011

The drive back from Norway was made slightly easier by getting the Amsterdam ferry to Newcastle. Entertained by the cabaret act that didn't disappoint. We rocked up to Fort William with a van that was beyond stinking, loaded up with every item of clothing wet and fusty and some worse for wear bikes. The luxury of a house was novel enough to keep me stoked for a while, swaggering about soaking in the real estate and the comfort of my couch.

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Liam Moynihan getting wild on the piano, it's all about the ferry entertainment...

It wasn't long before Myself and my Dad trucked down to Innerleithen for the SDA race. It was great to race in Scotland again and I was having great fun on the course. A classic Innerleithen style track with a pedally top half followed by some steep loose corners down the bottom. I came down in the first timed run to take the win and the fastest time of the day as well. I was really happy with this, to come back from a summer away and stamp a bit of authority on the Scottish scene. Leaving the race we swung by Airdrie to pick up my new van. It is a beauty of a transit van, same wheelbase but a good bit of overhang out the back. Work has already started to turn it into the Landship2 and a luxury palace for next summer.

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Primed for some alterations, the Landship2 is a blank canvas...

A couple of weeks at home was great after this. Time to get a bit of work in to restock the monies and to ride the trails around the Fort that had been missed over the summer. A great bonfire at Jamesy boy Shirleys' house topped it off nicely. James' pump track has had its final coat of bitumin and with a big fire in the middle of each loop some great night pumping took place before the marsh mallows came out.

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James Shirley, the original fire starter...

My final race this year was the SDA final at Glencoe. A pretty steep gnarly trail in places and nowhere to ease up over the condensed 2+ minutes trail. I was keeping it pretty pinned in practice and felt fast and within myself all weekend. A rainy day of practice was followed by a great day for Sunday's race. Conditions were perfect with watery fast rolling mud and clear conditions overhead. I had a clean first run for a time of 2.21 to take the win and fastest time. A new course record from my previous best from over 3 years ago. It couldn't have been a better finish to the year taking my second consecutive win and on such a fun track.

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Joe maintains his mega-pinner status post Euro travels...

That's it from the Euro roadtrip, same time next year...

If you missed them, Joe Barnes Euro Blog part one, two and three.

For a little retrospective videographic entertainment, here's one of Joe's greatest creations of the summer, the Patriot testing video is a comedy classic with some proper Fort William riding...and sea gull shooting.



If that wasn't enough to get you excited to ride, watch MTBcut's video of Joe Barnes bouncing down Ben A'an. We've been up and attempted to recreate his moves, it's almost impossible to ride some of these sections...



A massive thanks to Joe Barnes and the Dudes of Hazard for all the updates, it's been a great summer and we can't wait to see what adventures the winter brings. Can't wait for 'The Movie' ...out soon.


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