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

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.