Barnes came to the attention of the British Cycling Apprentice programme at 13 and soon enjoyed success on the road and track prior to an eye-catching 2010 season in which the teenager won four British titles - the British National Circuit Race Championships, the British National Madison Championships - with Hannah Walker - the Junior British National Cyclo-Cross Championships and the scratch race at the Junior British National Track Championships.
She was also earning an early reputation as a strong rider in circuit and criterium racing and another year of domestic titles in 2011 - including British National Circuit Race Championships, the Junior British National Time Trial Championships and track golds in the scratch and points races at the Junior British National Track Championships - proved she was ready to step up to international road racing.
Having already gained experience with pro teams Node4 and Motorpoint from 2008-11, Barnes signed for UCI elite women’s team Ibis Racing for 2012 at the age of 18.
It was a year of gaining experience for Barnes, alongside fellow Great Britain Cycling Team mate Laura Trott, as she took part in stage races in the Netherlands and Czech Republic while, at home, her run of wins in the prestigious London Nocturne criterium continued with her fourth consecutive victory.
Barnes, riding for MG-Maxifuel, would make it five wins in as many years at the 2013 London Nocturne.
That was just one of multiple domestic wins for Barnes in 2013 and her impressive development earned her a contract with the highly-rated American team UnitedHealthcare for 2014, a move she marked in style in January when she won her first race, the opening stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis in Argentina.
There were also four wins on the National Criterium Calendar in the USA while her form earned her selection to the England team at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where Barnes finished 12th in a strong field led home by Armitstead, and selection to the UCI Road World Championship in Ponferrada, Spain, along with sister Alice, a rider in the British Cycling's Senior Academy with the mountain bike squad.
The 2015 season, again with UnitedHealthcare, proved important as Barnes’ impressive list of results showed that her abilities extended far beyond criterium and circuit racing.
Starting the year with a bang
She again became the first British woman to win a UCI-ranked race in the calendar year, at the GP San Luis Femenino one-day race and enjoyed stage race success at the Tour Femenino de San Luis, Tour of the Gila and Tour of California, where a second place on stage three clinched her the Youth Classification title.
Barnes was similarly successful on home soil, at the Aviva Women’s Tour, where she won a fantastic sprint in Hemel Hempstead at the end of the concluding fifth stage, her third consecutive top-five finish on the race and one which left her fifth overall on general classification and first in the best young rider competition.
Injury curtailed Barnes’ 2015 races but in November she was announced as a rider with the German-registered Canyon-SRAM team for their inaugural 2016 season, returning to a European-based team and schedule after her two-year American experience.
A busy programme included top 10 finishes in the individual time trial at stage race the Gracia Orlova, in the Czech Republic, and the team time trial at the Tour of California, before a superb effort at the National Road Race Championships in June saw her finish first, with sister Alice runner-up in second place.
Away from the bike
A talented, multi-sport athlete in her childhood, Barnes only decided to make cycling her sole focus at the age of 17 when she turned down playing hockey for her county because it would have involved Saturday fixtures.
Born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, she moved to Oxfordshire with her family, where father Simon farmed on the Blenheim Estate before moving to Towcester, Northamptonshire, where a family bike ride ended with a trip to a local bike shop and discovering her local club, Team Keyne, now Team Milton Keynes.
Mother Sue, like her father, raced in 24-hour endurance mountain bike events, sparking not only Hannah’s interest in the sport but also inspiring sister Alice to take up cycling. Alice, a graduate of the British Cycling Senior Academy, is a mountain bike and road racer.
Prior to becoming a full-time professional in 2014, Hannah had supplemented her income by working as a waitress during the off-seasons, before basing herself in Girona, Spain, and the USA while riding for UnitedHealthcare.
|OVO Energy Women's Tour||best British||1st|
|OVO Energy Women's Tour||general classification||3rd|
|Aviva Women's Tour||under-23||1st|