Name: Joe Barr
Joe lives in London and rode Deloitte Ride Across Britain as part of the Balfour Beatty team, raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Joe dislocated his knee skiing and tore his ACL in February last year. As a result he had a long nine months of doing very little. To make up for his time off, he decided to throw himself at as many challenges as possible in 2017.
After and operation in August, Joe then started road cycling as part of his recovery in November 2016. He bought a cheap road bike – knowing absolutely nothing about bikes – his first set of Lycra – “a big moment” – and quickly found he loved it. So he jumped at the opportunity to apply for Deloitte Ride Across Britain through Balfour Beatty and was lucky enough to be selected.
“Cancer has affected a large number of family members and friends and the work Cancer Research does means that a lot of them are still here.”
Joe is fundraising for Cancer Research UK and has already exceeded his £1000 target. “It is an amazing opportunity to give back to this charity, and the support for my ride from family and friends has been overwhelming.”
“The training has been good and I have almost started enjoying six hour days on the bike.”
When he signed up, the longest ride Joe had ever completed was about 60km. Training has become a huge part of his life and has helped massively on his road to recovery. He went from doing about 50km a week to regularly churning out 300km plus. The training has been tough and the routes have become more and more challenging. A few of his favourite rides include riding around the circumference of Mallorca in three days and completing the Fred Whitton Route in the Lake District.
We caught up with Joe before he set off on Deloitte RAB:
“Deloitte Ride Across Britain is one of the most iconic rides in Britain. I have never undertaken such large amounts of mileage on consecutive days. I think getting back on the bike each morning, still aching from the previous day will be a challenge. The thing I am most looking forward to, apart from the stunning views, sense of achievement and the comradery between riders, will definitely be the food! Having joined the RAB through work and Balfour Beatty it has been great to meet new people in the company and see the range of experience of the others I will be riding with.”