Barney’s Fast Facts

Barney's Fast Facts

Here are a selection of the questions Barney gets asked which aren’t all about sport.

Click on the question to reveal the answer:

Favourite food?


Favourite drink?


You had a job prior to becoming a full time athlete, what did you do?

I was a Building Inspector at East Dorset District Council and prior to that worked for Mitie Contracts as a surveyor, which was my first job after college.

Do you follow any other sports apart from Cycling?

Yes I am a footy fan and have a season ticket at Manchester United.

What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

Deloitte Ride Across Britain, I did the whole thing in 2011 and there were days when I wondered whether I was actually going to finish the stage!

You grew up on the south coast of England did you spend a lot of time at the beach when you were younger?

Yes, it was one area I used to really like going. The only thing I wish I could move to Manchester is the beach!

What do you like most about living where you do now?

I live on the edge of the Peak District and we have amazing views over to the Pennines. On a clear day you can see for miles and I will never get tired of seeing this view outside our front door!

Is it true you have played at Wembley?

Yes! I was a member of a marching band and we played at the British Youth Band National Championships at the Wembley Arena in 1988

What is your speciality when you do the cooking?

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Any injuries through sport?

I broke my wrist whilst playing football, I was playing in goal and came out to save a ball and someone trod on my arm. In cycling the tandem crash we had 10 days prior to Beijing in 2008 caused me quite a few problems with my right elbow and even now it still clicks and niggles.

Any places in the world you would like to visit but haven't done yet?

I would love to go on safari and see more of Australia and New Zealand. We had our honeymoon in Canada and I would love to go back and visit some of the parts that we didn’t have time to get to, like Whistler.

If you had a super power what would it be and why?

To come up with a cure for insulin dependent diabetes. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic since I was four years old. I would also want to find a cure for similiar diseases that affect people’s lives.

Favourite TV programme?

Match of the Day!

Favourite movie?

Star Wars Triology

Top tips?

Determination is everything, never give up.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Never be afraid to ask a question.