Victoria Barnes

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Victoria Barnes
Victoria Williamson ECH 2015.jpg
Personal information
Full name Victoria Eve Barnes
Nickname Vics
Born (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25)[1]
Hevingham
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team VC Norwich
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprint Track

Victoria "Vicky" Barnes (née Williamson), (born 15 September 1993) is an elite British track cyclist who specialises in the sprint disciplines. In 2013, with Rebecca James, she won the bronze medal in the team sprint at the World Track Cycling Championships.

Early life[edit]

Barnes was educated at Norwich High School for Girls.[2] At the suggestion of one of her coaches at the City of Norwich Athletic Club, she switched from athletics to cycling in 2008.[1][3] She entered the Girls4Gold programme, a group that searches for talented athletes with a potential for cycling, before being accepted into the Olympic Development Programme (ODP).[4] She then progressed onto the elite Podium Programme two years later, and made her senior debut at the 2013 World Championships in Minsk.

Career[edit]

At the 2011 Juniors Track World Championships in Moscow, she won a silver in the 500m time trial, a bronze in the sprint and came fifth in the keirin.[5] She made her senior world debut very shortly after, and won a bronze medal with partner Becky James in the team sprint at the 2013 Track World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.[6] Since then she continues to compete at an international level, picking up numerous medals.

Crash and marriage[edit]

In January 2016 Barnes was involved in a traumatic crash with Dutch rider Elis Ligtlee, at the during a omnium sprint race at Zesdaagse Rotterdam (English: Six Day Rotterdam). The collision with the fence resulted in Barnes suffering a broken neck and back, dislocated her pelvis and slipped a disc in her neck.[7] Barnes' racing number burned her skin in the crash and according to her if it became infected she would have had plastic surgery.

Barnes was left with a loss of feeling in her left leg due, her starting leg, to a trapped nerve but was hoping for full feeling by mid 2018. During this period she married Oliver Barnes. Barnes is hoping to complete her rehabilitation by the end of January and race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[8]

Palmarès[edit]

2009
2nd Sprint, British National Track Championships – U16
2010
2nd 500m TT, UCI Track World Championships – Junior
3rd Sprint, UCI Track World Championships – Junior
1st Sprint, British National Track Championships – Junior
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Junior
2011
1st Sprint, British National Track Championships – Junior
1st 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Junior
3rd Sprint, British National Track Championships
3rd Keirin, British National Track Championships
2012
2nd Sprint, British National Track Championships
2nd Keirin, British National Track Championships
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships
2013
3rd Team sprint, UCI Track World Championships (with Becky James)
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships
3rd Team sprint, UEC European U23 Track Championships (with Becky James)
2014
Open des Nations sur Piste de Roubaix
1st Team Sprint (with Jessica Varnish)
3rd Sprint
Track Cycling World Cup
3rd Team sprint, Round 3, Guadalajara (with Dannielle Khan)[9]
2nd Sprint, Revolution – Round 4, Manchester
2nd, British National Team Sprint Championships (with Katy Marchant)[10]
2nd 500m time trial, British National Track Championships[11]
3rd Individual sprint, British National Track Championships[12]
2015
Revolution
1st Sprint - Round 4, Glasgow
2nd Keirin - Round 4, Glasgow
2nd British National Team Sprint Championships (with Shanaze Reade)[13]
2nd 500m time trial, British National Track Championships[14]
3rd Individual Sprint, British National Track Championships[15]
UEC European U23 Track Championships
2nd Silver medal.svg Team Sprint (with Katy Marchant)
3rd Bronze medal.svg Sprint

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GB Cycling Team Rider Biography". British Cycling. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Mrs Robinson praises London 2012 female role models". The Merchant Taylors' Schools. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  3. ^ Bailey, Michael (4 October 2011). "What a year for Norfolk's British Cycling track starlet Victoria Williamson". Norwich Evening News. Archant Community Media Limited. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Q and A with Norfolk cyclist Victoria Williamson". Dare2Dream. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Junior World Track Championships 2011". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  6. ^ Bevan, Chris (20 February 2013). "World Track Cycling 2013: Great Britain win silver and bronze". BBC Sport. Minsk, Belarus: BBC. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  7. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/35764147
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/41940925
  9. ^ "Track World Cup: Britain win two bronze medals in Mexico". bbc.co.uk. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  10. ^ "National Track Championships: Varnish & Trott among winners". bbc.co.uk. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  11. ^ "National Track Championships: Jess Varnish wins time trial title". bbc.co.uk. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Report and Results From Day Three". British Cycling. 26 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  13. ^ "British National Track Championships 25th-27th September 2015: Results - Team Female" (PDF). British Cycling. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  14. ^ "British National Track Championship 25th-27th September 2015: Results: Female: 500m Time Trial" (PDF). British Cycling. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  15. ^ "British National Track Championships 25th-27th September 2015: Communiqué No 22: Category Female: Event Sprint: Round Final Result" (PDF). British Cycling. Retrieved 27 September 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Victoria Williamson at Wikimedia Commons