Date of birth: 15th August 1997
Team: British Cycling & Drops
Megan is the youngest of four siblings; brother Joe and sisters, Harri and Elinor (Olympic and World champion cyclist) three years her senior. She was first attracted to the sport after seeing cyclists from her local club, Maindy Flyers, finish track sessions as her and sister Elinor were leaving swimming practice. This mild interest in cycling quickly blossomed and the Barker sisters’ potential was soon spotted by the Newport coaches.
Megan is now part of the British Cycling Senior squad and currently trains with the rest of Team GB at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. She has transitioned seamlessly to the senior squad after being a part of the British Cycling Academy until last summer and had success in her first individual Track World Cup appearance in Paris coming away with a silver medal in the Scratch race.
She has battled back from illness after suffering a blood clot on her lungs in October 2017 and a previous bout of glandular fever and earlier this year also rode in Great Britain's team for the Track World Cup in Belarus, competing in the two-rider Madison event with sister Elinor though was disappointed with their result (6th position) due to illness on the day.
Megan represented Wales at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and came a respectable 5th and 11th in the Team Pursuit & Scratch Race respectively on the track and played no small part in bringing team mate Dani Rowe home for a bronze medal in the Road Race.
This was followed up by a successful road season for Team Breeze in 2018 including winning the first two rounds of the OVO Energy Women's Tour Series, a podium at Otley Cycle Races and 5th in the National Road Race Championships. This success on the road means she was snapped up by Team Drops for their 2019 squad and she is excited about the upcoming season.
She has recently secured her best result to date by taking gold in the women's madison at the European Games in Minsk in July 2019. She also won a silver in the team pursuit at the same Championships.
Megan's dream is to ride the team pursuit with sister Elinor at an Olympics and win an Olympic medal.