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Guest blog from Hannah Barnes

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 07/05/2013 09:49am

The last few weeks have been action packed again! MBUK film-maker Liam Murphy came up from Wales to my home in Fort William to make a film together.

It was a new experience for me, as it’s the first time I’ve made a film with just myself and no with other riders. We also filmed a bike check which I must admit was fairly stressful! As soon as the camera is on and I have to speak, everything I had planned goes out the window and I mumble a load of rubbish. Luckily my brother Joe was on hand to help out with the scripting – he’s got it down now!

The day after filming I was frantically packing; sorting out bikes and kit and general stuff ready for a month away- the first Euro racing road trip of the year. On my way down south I stopped off at Apex Graphics in Peebles so that my friend Dave Mackison could re-sticker up my van to keep it current and fresh. As always it was full of banter – we were working till 4am this time, but there were good tunes, pizzas and my van got vamped!

Next stop was London to do a presentation as part of the Ellis Brigham shop’s 80th birthday celebrations.  Myself, Andy Houseman – mountaineer and climber ; Bernie Shrosbree – high performance coach- and Dan Milner – action sports photographer- each did a presentation, slideshow and talk to a really nice audience. It was awesome to be included in the line-up with these three very inspirational and cool guys!

It turned out that Bernie and my mum used to be in the same xc ski racing group in Norway back in the day. It’s a small world! I learned a lot about public speaking, I got very inspired myself by the others guys, and it was also really nice to chat to everyone who came along. Thanks Ellis Brigham and also Five Ten for having me there to represent you!

Straight after that I got in the van and boosted down to Dover to have a snooze then get the early bird ferry. The next day it was a fairly epic solo drive to Le Biot – near Morzine – to where my friends live. Both of my sat navs won’t work so it wasn’t very relaxing trying to find the place. Finally arriving to good friends, big hugs, lots of good food, and a ‘tight and bright’ party was pretty ideal! Tomorrow I head to Lake Garda where the racing begins!

Back soon!

Hannah

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