Hannah Barnes: Adventures with Mum - Video

Dec 14, 2016
by Brodie Hood  
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My whole life I’ve been drawn to anything which is likely to involve an adventure. Whether it’s been crewing on a small wooden sailing boat to the Norwegian Lofoten Islands in the school holidays when I was 15 or living in Alaska at 18 to mush sled dogs. The more extreme the better! That draw has most certainly been down to family and in particular my Mum. Growing up, Mum and Dad were keen hill runners, cross country skiers and sailors, with their constant activity and racing being a big part of life. Mum and my Grandfather did a mountain marathon when I was 6 months old, so Dad carried me over mountain passes for the two-day race so that Mum could breastfeed me at the midway checkpoint.

Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog


Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog

Around 15 years ago Mum developed Arthritis, to the point where she couldn’t get out of bed without someone helping her. Everything ached and all her joints were swollen and painful. She is so tough, so it must have been bad. That put an end to her running, and for years the pain and stiffness restricted every aspect of life. After taking the big doses of medication the doctor prescribed, she started to gradually reduce medication herself until she soon wasn’t taking anything, and just listened to her body. Three years ago mum started practicing yoga every day, and also started road cycling. The more she did, the better she felt and now she’s incredibly strong and fit again. She started mountain biking a couple of years ago, and now rides most days, does yoga every day, even racing the local XC races and time trials. Her thirst for adventure and living a good life is infectious. At 62 she’s an inspiration!

Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog

Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog

Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog

Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog

Images for Hannah Barnes Adventures with Mum blog

Mum lives nearby, so we often get out for a ride together. We decided to make a short video of a recent day out together. I hope you enjoy it!

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! Here’s to sharing sport and the outdoors with family!

- Hannah Barnes


MENTIONS: @hannahb / @Specialized / @BrodieHoodPhotography




52 Comments

  • + 49
 First off, mums on bikes are awesome! second, mum Barnes has some skill! third, Should we be surprised though?
  • + 6
 Still trying eh. Get in the queue now!
  • + 33
 Truly excellent background story. I hope my wife and daughter get to share days like this someday. What a gorgeous planet we live on. Protect it people, this video shows what's really important in life. Peace,
  • + 1
 Same here!
  • + 21
 Hannahs mum's more enduro than you.
  • + 14
 even if you caught Crabs, we still love you Hannah.
  • + 8
 Beautiful story. Going from an active life style and having that life style restricted by arthritis. Only to get more in tune and listen to her body and with the help of a bike get healthy again. The best thing we can do I listen to our own bodies. One of the best ways to open your eyes to the world around us is a bike ride.
  • + 7
 its great to hear stories like this. a person disabled by pain, prescribed pain meds by typical western science that numb the senses, from feeling what the body is saying. and then works through (and respects) the pain to attain something that she/he had once thought lost. thank you for sharing
  • + 6
 Great video. My sister (about 47 at the time) decided to take our then 70 year old Mom out riding about 4 years ago. Poor Mom crashed 3 times and was all bruised up, but recovered fast (she works out 4 days a week). I was so glad my sister who is a doctor took her, as I would have melted down if she crashed with me.
  • + 7
 Great video, not just for the mum and daughter angle but the location / adventure too. Any ideas where in Bonnie Scotland it was?
  • + 3
 filmed on track along Loch Morar
  • + 6
 And to know my wife gets off her bike to walk it DOWN a curb. I have no words.
  • + 7
 Next episode will be Joe Barnes and his father.
  • + 3
 I recall seeing Hannah race 10 Under the Ben many years ago. As she came into the pits her mum was there, feeding her, water her, and generally kicking her back side back out on another loop. Talk about competitive mum! It was great to see back then and fantastic to see Mrs Barnes so fit and well and raring for adventure.
  • + 5
 Powered by tea not Red Bull!
  • + 3
 I think we now know the secret to Hannah's enduro prowess - firstly DNA and secondly when she gets tired her Mam just subs in for her!! ; )
  • + 1
 Damn, that's a lot of tea. Thoroughly enjoyed that, in any case. Seems like Mum would make a rather lovely mother in law. Hope it's not a deal breaker that I'm more of a coffee guy.
  • + 3
 Girl power, way to go ladies, hope my kids will still want to ride with me as I grow disgracefully older.
  • + 3
 Hannah, Me mammy needs a bonnie new bike tha noo.
Spesh: will you make a 3 minute film with her in it?
Hannah: och aye!
  • + 4
 wow thats super nice video...
  • + 2
 I wish my mam could ride with me, your very lucky Hannah :-) enjoy everyday and well done Mrs Barnes your an inspiration x Merry Xmas
  • + 1
 massive respect to hannah and her mum what a video and you shore as hell can tell where hannah gets her focus and talent from her mum arnt wait to see there next video hehehehehe Smile
  • + 1
 Keep on going mum ,what a great spirit. And those "crabs"or like we call it here" sapateiras" with some fresh vinho verde or beer and some toasted bread oh la la.
  • + 3
 Finally some truly siick music in a Mountain Bike video
  • + 1
 Arthritis is a bitch. Yoga, and the associated awareness, definitely help...but some things just never go away. Keep on keep'n on!
  • + 3
 Merry Christmas Hannah!!!
  • + 3
 Right here. Right in the feels.*sniffle*

2 thumbs up~
  • + 2
 Great video!!! Why can't I find a woman who likes to ride?
  • + 1
 Excellent and inspirational . Very good vid. It should easily get vod. Imo.
  • + 3
 The mum should ride EWS
  • + 1
 4th Pic, Mum...mom is smiling. Mum is not even in the picture... Ouch...! lol
  • + 2
 Never stop riding people or you'll start to fall apart.
  • + 1
 @hannahb , i managed 8 cups of tea one day , how many would you sink on an average day?
  • + 2
 Wow! This is so cool! Love the mother daughter team.
  • + 1
 Hannah, keep this video like the best present ever, for you and you your great mum.
  • + 2
 Respect to all the mtb mums out there.
  • + 2
 What a great video. I hope to spend years riding with my daughters too.
  • + 2
 Pretty cute. Mum has way better gear than I do too!
  • + 1
 Super cool! Keep shredding Hannah and Mum!
  • + 1
 Sent it to my mom as motivation for next year! Wink
  • + 1
 Judging by the o-ring, enduro bike is used for xc.
  • + 1
 Amazing! Smile
  • + 1
 This is splendid.
  • + 1
 sweet double track
  • + 1
 So cool :-)
  • + 1
 how cool is this!
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