AREA OF EXPERTISE:
Crew navigation, Media and driving. When I point Joe and the cameras in the correct direction, I’m happy.
EXPERIENCE IN # OF MILES COVERED WITH TJB:
Approaching 10,000. Honestly, I stopped counting a while back.
ENDURANCE RACING HAS TAUGHT ME:
Human spirit can never be broken. It will be tested but it won’t break.
MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT SO FAR:
The last 100 miles of NCOM 1000, the most brutal endurance race on the world circuit. The last section was an endless straight road toward a mirage in the blistering heat. Joe’s legs were completely shot and begging him to stop. His shoulder was collapsing. I wish I could have pedaled for him or absorbed some of his pain. All I could do was watch as he battled himself internally, his mind frantically searching for reasons not to quit. He didn’t quit. For once I was truly speechless.
BEST MOMENT SO FAR:
3rd night with no sleep in NCOM. On the Ross Maxwell section we pulled Joe off the bike as sleep deprivation was causing him to drift. Jillian, completely zombified, but ever the professional mustered us up what she could for our breakfast before tending to herself. She produced cold water and cardboard-esque oats, in a tupperware box and then stated “I’m not quite sure what is going on right now.” Even though it tasted like something out of Oliver Twist, we sat together and we ate under the stars in a Texan basin.
Then we cracked on.
SIGNATURE PHRASE WHEN RACING:
“Well, according to the map, we’ve only gone about 4 inches.”
FAVOURITE JOE ‘ISM’:
“Right Ian! How far to the top of this climb?”
TWO WORDS TO DESCRIBE MY EXPERIENCE IN TEAM JOE BARR:
Life and Spirit.