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Joe Barnes: Home in the Highlands

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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.

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