Joe Barnes: Home in the Highlands - Video

Oct 12, 2017
by Canyon  

Nestled in the Scottish Highlands at the foot of the Nevis range, for most mountain bikers Fort William is the World Cup downhill track at the top of the world. For Joe Barnes and the Dudes of Hazzard, it’s home. Nearly 2,500 kilometers away from the last Enduro World Series race in Finale Ligure, Italy, find out what makes the long drive north all worth it.

Also, don’t miss the custom Biggie Smalls Spectral.

It s a long drive back from continental Europe to Fort William and the Scottish Highlands but it s worth it.
It is a long drive back from continental Europe to Fort William and the Scottish Highlands, but it is worth it.

Home home and mobile home.
Home home and mobile home.

Rocky steep and rainy the perfect training grounds for EWS racing.
Rocky, steep and rainy, the perfect training grounds for EWS racing.

Do you even drift bro
Drifty.

Joe lives right up the road from his mother Gill.
Joe lives right up the road from his mother Gill.

 She rides more than me According to Joe his mom wears out drive trains faster than him.
She rides more than me! According to Joe, his mom wears out drive trains faster than him.

At the highest level mountain bikers have to hit the weights to make it through all of the stages of an EWS round.
At the highest level, mountain bikers have to hit the weights to make it through all of the stages of an EWS round.

Ferg Liam and Joe putting in the hours.
Ferg, Liam and Joe putting in the hours.

Joe with some joe.
Joe with some joe.

Craig the Canyon Factory Enduro Team mechanic and source of excellent banter also lives in Fort William.
Craig, the Canyon Factory Enduro Team mechanic and source of excellent banter, also lives in Fort William.

Joe s legendary custom Biggie Spectral.
The legendary custom Biggie Spectral.

The color scheme is based off of a famous sweater rocked by the Notorious B.I.G.
The colour scheme is based on a famous sweater rocked by the Notorious B.I.G.

Out and about in Fort William.
Out and about in Fort William.

The wild west coast of Scotland.
The wild west coast of Scotland.

Wet wood.
Wet wood.

The working man s MTB kit.
The working man MTB kit.

Moto boots are great for diggin in the mud.
Moto boots are great for digging in the mud.

The Dudes of Hazzard in their element.
The Dudes of Hazzard in their element.

Do you see it
Do you see it?

With so much open land the Dudes tend to build tracks where they please.
With so much open land, the Dudes tend to build tracks where they please.

Skills.
Skills.

The lush wet woods of the Scottish Highlands have become notorious for their muddy tracks.
The lush wet woods of the Scottish Highlands have become notorious for their muddy tracks.

Nothing like the old huck to corner.
Nothing like the old huck to corner.

Great grip.
Great grip.

It s basically a flat pedal now.
Basically a flat pedal now.

When it s this muddy you can hardly steer. You just have to follow the tracks and stay on the bike.
When it is this muddy, you can hardly steer. You just have to follow the tracks and stay on the bike.

It s a crazy way to ride and it definitely makes for good photos.
It is a crazy way to ride and it definitely makes for good photos.

Follow along with the rest of the enduro team at our Canyon Factory Racing site!


MENTIONS: @DescentWorld / @mattwragg / @dudesofhazzard / @Canyon-PureCycling




36 Comments

  • + 85
 We need more Dudes of Hazard Videos!!! Best Soundtrack, Best Riding, Best Faffing about.
  • - 1
 &50:01!
  • + 21
 he is a professional and at the same time he seems to take a bit a piss of being a "pro"...this is mix is what makes his videos so special!
  • + 13
 Nice to see an article on him. Very underrated rider, yet still up there in the EWS.......love the way he rides
  • + 12
 Love the dudes of Hazzard. @bikekrieg much agreed, certainly the best soundtracks and faffing about. Love watching them corner
  • + 7
 This segment was brought to you by John Deere's tractors
  • + 7
 Always makes me smile watching these fellas ride. It's all about the fun.
  • + 2
 Interesting how much different trail etiquette seams to be in different parts of the world. Here in SoKal, if you ride when the trails are that muddy you create nasty ruts that ruin it for everyone else, thus the local trails are shut down for 24 hours after a rain storm.
  • + 10
 Hey Kev, I agree. So many different types of terrain and landscapes. Fort William has between 1 to 3feet of bog on top of the firmer gravel base. A trail gets cut in and good after years of riding and digging. A winter of wearing out brake pads and ruining washing machines and come summer it'll be incredible.
  • + 3
 @dudesofhazzard: c-can i come play?
  • + 6
 @dudesofhazzard: also if we were to never ride in the rain or wet in Scotland.. . We would never ride our bikes. ????
  • + 6
 this is sort of the antithesis to today's flowtrail craze. i dig it!
  • + 5
 joe barnes and craig evans best medieval haircuts in the game! hope he gets a podium next year! go joe
  • + 3
 Yeah boii!! Top chief is very underrated rider! Consistent top 15 this year with some very good stage results! We want more Dudes movies!!
  • + 3
 I love the part where Mom rides with him, mine didnt know how to ride but drove us to all the races until we were old enough and that is really really great. Cheers
  • + 5
 Fantastic video and riding. Noisy bike!
  • + 5
 Slopstyle (no, I never forgot the 'e')
  • + 5
 talented and humble. yes
  • + 1
 At what point does an ironic tache become an integral part of your face? It's been a while now and it's getting bigger! Has he forgotten it's there?
  • + 2
 mud , mud , glorious mud , theres nothing quite like it :-)
  • + 2
 Can anyone say.... Bike Wash?
  • + 6
 B... Bi.... Puddles!!
  • + 3
 Leave it in the river overnight. But don't forget to tie it to a tree or you'll never see it again!
  • + 2
 awesome stuff. dudes of hazard vids are the bomb
  • + 2
 I found the four leaf clover!
  • + 1
 Did I hear The Dead South? Nice choice!!
  • + 5
 You sure did! They were stoked on being involved too!
  • + 1
 @DescentWorld: That's rad to hear that! I dig them even more now. Any chance they ride at all?
  • + 2
 Lads Lads Lads!!!!!
  • + 0
 Nice article Smile
What's to see in the clover pic?
  • + 1
 4 leafer perhaps?
  • + 2
 Aren't clovers though. They're wood sorrels as far as i can tell.
  • + 1
 @timmytuckshop: I thought so too, but where?! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Livin the dream!
  • + 0
 is he riding a 29er or 27.5?
  • + 1
 Think it's 27.5?

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