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!


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.


Penny Clay

Photo: Pen in a yoga pose

Penny Clay

Part Time Assistant

Penny is an experienced hill runner and supported lots of challenge events. She has experience in open water swimming too. When not at Off Beat Penny runs Mountain Yoga Kinlochleven.


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.


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!