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.


Photo: Richard sending it down a trail on Cow Hill!

Richard Kidd

Workshop Manager

Richard has a wealth of experience working in bike shops, bike guiding and building bike trails.

Profession: Bike wizard.

Born: Glasgow

Likes: Building bikes, hike-a-bike adventures, Bothy excursions, fixing bikes.

Qualifications: Velotech Gold Mechanic, UK Mountain Bike Leadership Award Level 3, Bosch E-Bike trained, Go MTB Level 5 Coach, BASP First Aid.


Photo: Calum Swanson providing uplift at Corpach Dual Slalom.

Calum Swanson

Bike Mechanic

Calums a true Mountain Biker, specialising in All Mountain and Freeride.

Profession: Jobsworth

Born: Edinburgh

Likes: Freeride, Big Air, Gravel riding, Music and Art.

Qualifications: Cytech Technical Two, Bosch E-bike trained, Uk Mountain Bike Leader Award 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!


Finlay Sutherland on a unicycle

Photo: Finlay setting off on a unicycle

Finlay Sutherland

Part Time Bike Mechanic

Finlay is a local student passionate about biking. Always up for a challenge, Finlay's never shy about giving any bike route a try....


Angus Crawley

Photo: Gus, cheery as always!

Angus Crawley

Part Time Bike Mechanic

Gus is a student at West Highland College. He's the proud owner of an Orange P7 and recently completed in the hardtail category of the Scottish Enduro Series.


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.


Lyndsey Shaw

Photo: Lindsey

Lyndsey 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.


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.


Photo: Penny at Bishops Bay wild swimming.

Penny Clay

Retail Sales Assistant

Chief strategic item placement officer! Penny uses her Zen training to maintain the flow of chi through the shop...

Profession: Mountain Yoga Kinlochleven Yoga and Meditation teacher

Born: Lincoln

Likes: Mountains, yoga, yoga on mountains.

Qualifications: Summer Mountain Leader, RYT200 Yoga Alliance


Dave Underwood

Photo: Dave out for a blast on his Whyte Glencoe

Dave Underwood

Part Time Bike Mechanic / Assistant

Dave is a really keen cyclist and talented in all disciplines. Competing in Enduros, Downhill Races, Sportives and Time Trials, he's got sound experience to help give top advice.


Photo: Tim riding at Laggan Wolftrax

Tim Green

Bike Mechanic and Media

With bikes in his blood, Tim has nurtured an obsession! Spending his working life in a workshop, with a theres not much he hasnt fixed! Moving to Fort William for the world class Mountain biking!

Profession: Bike whisperer...

Born: Northampton

Likes: Anything on wheels, mountains, kayaking, climbing and pineapple on pizza!

Qualifications: Cytech Technical Two, MIAS Mountain Bike Instructor


Staff Cycle, Fort William

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!