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FRESH FRUIT AND NEW HAZZARDS

Pete Scullion’s regular series of rides with pro riders continues with one of the enduro circuit’s most enigmatic characters: Joe Barnes.

Overnight snow has turned Fort William into a winter wonderland as we shovel breakfast down our necks in Joe’s caravan nestled in the woods above the Road to the Isles. We’re up ‘early’, or at least Joe’s idea of early in any case. Highland life has a distinct lack of urgency to it and it’s something Joe embraces.

There’s no tea or coffee, but a Sports Direct mug full of a gallon of Barleycup, with copious amounts of honey and milk to wash down a mountain of porridge.

A blue prototype Orange emerges from ‘The Clubhouse’ – there’s something altogether familiar about Joe Barnes and Orange. Despite a six-year hiatus, it appears to have been the kind of seamless transition that other riders and other brands can’t quite manage.

After six years with Canyon, Joe returned to Orange Bikes as his main sponsor for 2019 and beyond, waving goodbye to full factory support and setting up his own team, Hazzard Racing. Joe is the team manager and the focus for him will be on racing the Scottish Enduro Series, some Enduro World Series races and the Megavalanche, along with local talent and Dudes’ regulars Lachlan Blair and Fergus Lamb, who will be doing a mix of enduro and downhill racing. British sponsors were a big focus and all bar Adidas are new sponsors for the year.

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