I don't think Barney would mind me calling him a park rat. There’s no doubt about it, he has his whips and coping tricks going on. However what makes him stand out from the rest of the coping crowd is that, despite the few short years he’s been riding BMX, he has an ultra smooth sweet style when he takes a break from X-Games training and flows about. Barney is also one of those learn-a-new-trick-nearly-every-session guys who old timers like me envy a little; his rate of progression is way too high. Anyway, enough from me, here’s what Works ripper Mr Stonelake has to say for himself:

Who is Barney Stonelake?

A creature of habit. He loves familiar surroundings and is never more comfortable than when he’s on his bike.

How did you get into riding?

I saw one of my friends purchase a BMX then I decided to get one and that was it, I basically got pulled in and became more and more into it and involved with the sport.

Best thing about BMX?

Just having a sweet time riding with your friends. Taking everything else off your mind and just chilling having a good time.

Worst thing about BMX?

Getting hurt and not being able to ride.

Age: 21

Living in: Pocklington, UK

Occupation: Studying at college and riding BMX every day.

Years riding: Four

Sponsors: Notion Store, The Works Skatepark.

Style or tricks? Tricks with style!

Music: Anything that sounds good and has potential.

Local riding spot: The Works Skatepark

Best riding spot: Rampworx

Favourite rider(s):

Harry Main, Kyle Baldock, Brett Banasiewicz, Logan martin, josh Perry, Jamie Bestwick, Ben Hennon, Chase Hawk, Pat Casey, Ryan Nyquist

Favourite quote/advice/motto: “Chase your dreams”

Interesting fact about yourself/the world:

“The world is yours”

2012 highlight(s):

Getting second place at the Cycle Show in September!


Ride (date) 04/01/2013

Ride (spot) The Works, Leeds

People you rode with:

Harry Main, Louis White, Joe Ferguson, all the locals and my friends that I ride with every day.

Trick: Learning Flair taps

Case: Doing airs


When I was riding my mates trails and over shot the landing and went straight over the bars haha.


Trying a flair tap and taking a bar end to my stomach, it hurt bad.

Injury/wound: Just cuts and bruises really.

Bike fail/break: Sometimes my driver goes dodgy.

New trick/line: Flair, 720

Thing that scared you:

When I went skiing and went down a black route accidentally and had no idea what to do haha.

Funny moment:

I Honestly can’t think of one in particular there’s been way too many of them!

Best edit you’ve seen this year (see left)

Plans/goals for 2013:

Keep riding, stay healthy and continue having a good time with friends. Hopefully make some more web videos, get to some contests year and travel to new places.

Any wild trips planned?

Hopefully get to Woodward and some other places.

Shout outs?

The works Skatepark and Notion store for getting me where I’m at and helping me out with things. Also go follow me on instagram @barneystonelake thanks!

Photo: Works Skatepark

Photo: Bradley Forth

Photo: Louis white

Photo: George McConville