Our People


Damian Foss Forster

Photo: Foss cycling on the Devil's Staircase in Glencoe.

Foss (Damian) Forster

Director of Operations

Living in Fort William since 1991, Foss is the main driving force behind the reincarnation of Off Beat Bikes! Always full of craic and up for a challenge, Foss is happy on a bike or on the hill. He completed his 21st Ben Nevis Race last September! Cytec Technical Level 2 qualified. Shimano Electric Bike qualified.


Photo: Nicky enjoying the view on the North Coast 500.

Nicky Sharratt

Relief Manager

Nicky has lived in Fort William all her life and has always been involved in lots of outdoor activities. Mountain biking, running, swimming and a bit of anything else thrown in; Nicky’s enthusiasm for practical, stylish kit will ensure you’ll get expert advice! Nicky has achieved her Cytech Level 2 Technical Certificate along with both Shimano and Bosch Electric Bike Qualifications.


Richard Kidd

Photo: Richard on the dual slalom in Corpach.

Richard Kidd

Workshop Manager

Richard has a wealth of experience working in bike shops, bike guiding and building bike trails. He holds the Mountain Bike Leadership Level 3 Award. He has now moved North with his fiance and 2 young girls.


Calum Swanson, Off Beat Bikes

Photo: Calum Swanson on tour in Aviemore.

Calum Swanson

Bike Mechanic

Calum is into anything biking and has a great knowledge on cool components and repairs. Calum’s skills and experience include Cytec Technical Level 2 and Mountain Bike Leadership Level 2.


Racing near Fort William

Photo: Nix competing in the Vertical Kilometre.

Nix Forster

Marketing and Accounts

Always up for a running, biking or swimming event She is a keen Ben Nevis racer who is hoping to complete Ben Race number 21 this year!


Photo: Johnny at the jump park at Carrbridge

Johnny Forster

Part Time Assistant

Johnny is a keen biker and completed the Megavalanche in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has discovered many countries on family cycle holidays including Scotland, France, Spain, Sardinia, Italy, Canary Islands and Holland.


Finlay Sutherland on a unicycle

Photo: Finlay setting off on a unicycle

Finlay Sutherland

Part Time Mechanic

Finlay is a local student passionate about biking. He's never shy about giving any route a try....


Liam Hutson

Photo: Liam finishing a Winter League running race in Lochaber.

Liam Hutson

Part Time Assistant

Liam, a graduate from Lochaber College is a runner and biker. He has completed lots of time trials in 2018 His running results are improving day by day so who knows what 2019 will bring.


Lyndsey Shaw

Photo: Lindsey

Lindsey Shaw

Part Time Assistant

Local girl Lyndsey Shaw is one determined women. Recently completing the West Highland Way in only 3 days, she's also completed many Ben Nevis Races and many more hill and bike events too.


Photo: Off Beat Staff

Off Beat Bikes

A wee bit of history

Off Beat Bikes, founded in a back garden shed in 1985, brought the mountain biking world to Fort William. Come in and see us!