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Joe Barr has been racing bikes his whole life. He has won over 500 races and amassed hundreds of medals and trophies in an impressive array of cycling disciplines.  

He is a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist from 1986 and has proudly represented his country at numerous World Championship events throughout the years.

Joe currently holds endurance records in Ireland and is a highly respected and recognised competitor at home and abroad.

2009 – CURRENT

1st place, 2022

Race Across the West, new age category record, 

4th overall


1st place, 2022

Sebring 24HRS, overall


2019 WUCA World Cup Winner
(60-69 age category)


1st place, 2019

Mid Atlantic 12/24, 12 hour, overall


1st place, 2019

Race Across America, (4860 KM), age 60-69


1st place, 2019

Sebring 24HRS, age 60-64

1st place, 2018 

Race Around Ireland (2200 KM), overall


1st place, 2017

Silverstate 508, Nevada, USA (800 KM), over-50 category

1st place, 2017

Race Across Italy, (800 KM), over-50 category 


2017, World Ultra-Cycling Association (WUCA) World Champion  

500 mile category, overall

1st place, 2015

Le Mans 24 hour, over-50 category 

1st place, 2015

No Country for Old Men, Texas, US (1609 KM), overall

2nd Place, 2014

Race Across America, (4860 KM), age 50-59

4th place, 2014

Race Across Italy, overall (800 KM), overall

1st place, 2009 

Race Around Ireland (2200 KM), overall

"I've lost way more than I've won. You have to learn to lose to improve, so get busy losing. In fact lose spectacularly!"

Joe Barr

1993 – CURRENT

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, from north to south (2304 KM) set in 2021


Malin to Mizen Head and back (1242 KM) set in 2020


West Coast - East Coast - West Coast Ireland (776 KM), World Record set in 2020


East to West Irish World Record (380 KM) set in 2019


Race Around Ireland (2200 KM), Irish record set 2018


Mizen to Fair Head (621 KM) held from 1993 to 2008


3rd place, 1986

Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh

6th place, 1990

Commonwealth Games, Auckland, New Zealand


7 National 100 mile Championships spanning mid-1980’s to mid-1990’s


National 50 mile Champion (1987, 1989)


Selected to represent Ireland 8 times in Cycle-Cross World Championships


1st place (1985, 1986, 1987, 1991) National Championship


1st place, 1986

Amateur Northern Ireland Road Race

3rd place, 1993

Professional UK and Ireland National Road Race

3rd place, 1985

Amateur Ireland National Road Race

3rd place, 1987

9 day National Tour (RAS)


Countless wins in Irish Classic events such as Des Hanlon Memorial, Tour of the Slade, Tour of Ards, Tour of the Mournes, Inishowen 100.​

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