The Hannah Barnes Interview

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We caught up with Hannah Barnes after the Specialized SRAM Enduro Series round in Riva del Garda. Here’s her thoughts on enduro, training and life on the road…

One girl and her van

Singletrack: So Hannah is enduro your focus for this year?

Hannah Barnes: At the start of the year I wanted to do good variety, I know enduro is getting massive but I don’t want to jump too heavily on the enduro bandwagon just yet. I think it’s awesome but its a big fashion at the moment, I’ve always loved just doing everything. It’s tempting to do the whole world series ’cause all your friends are doing it, it’s really fun and cool racing, but for me to kind of keep doing all the other types of racing I’ve done, like 10-hour races, triathlon, just biking in general is good. I’m doing Trans-Savoie which is seven days long. That suits me, I can go for days and days and days and I don’t really slow down massively, on day one and day six I’m still the same speed. I think I can pace myself, start off well. The 10-hour races I’ve done, the first lap and tenth lap times are always within a minute of one another. One of the keys for me is to keep doing that longer stuff because I think it suits me.

ST: It’s good to have that stamina.

HB: Stamina, yeah it’s good, but I need to work on the speed, short intense stuff. In July/Aug there’s the MET 930km sportive, Toulouse to Barcelona. Seven days through all these little random villages. It’s just after the Mega, two weeks before Trans Savoie, road riding’s fun as well, whizzing along through the mountains, villages, yeah?

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Comments (8)

    That video looks like Laggan?

    Isn’t she just lovely.

    Good interview that, she comes across well i think ! Go girl 😉

    I have to admit that I rarely read rider interviews but what a great girl! My daughter is only two but if I can get her out on the balance bike more…… 😉

    Ahhh, Hannah… *swoons*
    If only there were more ladies like her riding bikes!

    She started chatting to me on the start line/in the water of the Big Ben (my first triathlon). I was freezing cold in a borrowed wet suit with rips in it and she was buzzing away merrily. I was one of the last out of the water having got cramp and a 50+ minutes swim! Got on the bike (a 14.5kg P7) and was constantly over taking people on the bike, then the run…and the next time I saw her she was bouncing down the Ben as I was leaving the last check point to go up (after eating all of the marshals lucazade tablets – still cramping) she was on the way down.

    She’d spoken to me before at the 10 under the Ben… whilst lapping me.

    Girls shouldn’t be allowed to race 😉

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