Northamptonshire cycling teen finishes fifth in Commonwealth Games today

Alice Barnes carried the Olympic torch through Kettering in 2012

Alice Barnes carried the Olympic torch through Kettering in 2012

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Northamptonshire mountain biker Alice Barnes, finished a spirited fifth place in her women’s cross country final of the Commonwealth Games this afternoon.

The 19-year-old younger sister of Women’s Tour champion, Hannah Barnes, finished three minutes and 58 seconds behind winner Catherine Pendrel of Canada.

She had held on to fourth position for a large portion of the race, but lost out to fellow English rider Annie Last on the final lap of the course.

Miss Barnes has only recently recovered from a broken collarbone which she has only recently recovered from, buts said she had strong ambitions coming into the Commonwealth Games.

She said: “It feels great to finish. That was the biggest race of my life, I was so nervous going into it and that last lap was so hard but I had to grit my teeth.

“It is a really good course and since I rode it last year at the national championships they have added loads of technical sections, so it is fun.

“I didn’t have any expectations, I was coming for the experience and so to ride well is a bonus for me.”

And on recovering from the injury, she said: “I think I am probably the youngest in the race and in February I broke my collarbone so it was a bit touch-and-go as to whether I was going to qualify.

“But I had some good World Cup results I managed to secure my place and then to produce a good ride here, I am really happy.”

Alice’s sister, Hannah, will be competing in the Women’s Road Race on Sunday (August 3) at 8.01am.

 

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