Joe Barnes Euro Blog
July 07 2011
Joe Barnes and friends are on the road and trucking towards the Mega. Not content with one major race, they stopped off at the Vaujany Avalanche Enduro to do battle on the way. Joe writes...
The start of the road trip has begun...
After a frantic last minute pack I swung the van round to Liams house and then on to Ruari's house and got it fully loaded. It is probably the fullest it has been with enough pants to last 10 weeks and a few bikes to ride as well. Descending down Ruari's drive and the van sounded a bit flailey so I pulled over for a closer inspection and the fan belt had shredded itself. We had only made it 10 miles before the first disaster. Luckily one of the useless bits of sh*te from the van happened to be a fan belt so we wipped the new one on and continued on trucking. With no time to lose we rolled straight onto the ferry and straight into France. The drive was fairly brutal as per usual, crossing the tedious French flatlands. When the mountains finally arrived and a few bagguettes and ice creams had been eaten we were fully stoked to get on the bikes.
The Dudes of Hazard: Ruari Watt, Joe Barnes and Liam Moynihan.
The Vaujany Avalanche Enduro was our first race and after meeting up with friends Jamesy Boy and Emma we got on the lift and went for a practice lap. I had raced it the year before and remembered the course pretty well and how good some of the sections were. That evening the first van film night in a while was a great one, and after a few chuckles and a load of pasta we went to bed happy. Race day next and with a 3rd place seeding meant I was 3rd off for each stage. I was giving it some on the stages and caught the guy in front on all the long stages so was fairly confident I was on the pace. Jamesy Boy Shirley was also pretty pinned but a mysterious unexplainable time penalty for Ruari and a crash from Liam set them back. After a long day on the bike I took the win and James second, Emma also won the girls so not a bad start for team Scotland.
Joe Barnes and James Shirley flying the flag...
Just a chilled day practising the Mega today and the same tomorrow. It's great to get the trip off to a good start and now time to focus on the mega and try to smash it there as well.
Good luck guys.