Ben has been involved in the mountain bike racing scene for a short time but his progress has been rapid.
Finding he could consistently finish second place in Scottish races he travelled further afield and found he could do just as well. Last season he was third in July's British Championships at Innerleithen and then won the Plymouth leg of the British Mountain Biking Series in August. He came 2nd at this years Scottish youth MTB series and has been selected for Scotland to go to the European championships in Austria :)
These results have helped secure his selection to the Great Britain Cycling's Olympic Talent Team in October and, more recently, to the Highland Institute of Sport, part of sportscotland's area institute network which focuses on preparing Scotland's best athletes to perform on the world stage by providing high performance expertise.
Ben has a very supportive famiiy and despite his extremely rural location he has used his local resources to build local trails with his father to train on and uses the facilities of nearby of Fort Wiliam's World Cup venue.
Despite his busy schedule, Ben has managed to squeeze in some dedicated volunteering hours for Active Schools helping 4 - 8 year olds with their mountain bike skills sessions. He has a very approachable attitude and is always keen to help out. I believe he is an ideal candidate for Olympic Torch bearer as he is a real inspiration to the younger and older people of the Highlands.