Scottish Mountain Biking Local Hero

This award celebrates and recognises a local hero nominated by someone in their community. We are looking for the local hero who has made the most impact to their local MTB community. We ask you to nominate the person in your community, whom you believe contributes more to the local MTB scene than anyone else, without whom things just wouldn't happen. Someone whose absolute passion, dedication and determination makes them stand out.

Winner 2018 - Steve Bradley and Natalie Murray 

Shortlist 2018 

STEVE BRADLEY

 Here's just some of what was said about Steve's importance in his community:

"For the last 3 years Steve has been inspiring youngsters at our Saturday kids club. He gives up his time week in and week out to take a group of kids riding on the local trails. He has developed them as riders, inspires them and educates them on responsible riding.
Steve understands the importance of trail maintenance and usually has a tool or two in his rucksack, often stopping on rides to clear drainage ditches, fix a broken bit of boardwalk or replace a couple of rocks. His passion for his local trails and enthusiasm rubs off on others and he has worked tirelessly to instill respect of the trails and the work they require into his young riders. He has organized working parties for trail maintenance and is always 1st there and last to leave. He is passionate about keeping the trails natural and in keeping with the local environment. He has spent many hundreds of hours of his own time over the years on the local trails in the area to great benefit of local riders and vistors alike."

MARTIN BYERS

Martin is the founder, Chairman and a Trustee of the North East Trail Centre Organisation (NETCO).  There is a geographical gap in the North East of Scotland with regards to large scale, purpose-built mountain biking facilities. The south and west of Scotland are well catered for, but in the North East, and particularly Aberdeenshire, there is very little. Martin set up NETCO to address this. His passion for the sport and dogged determination saw the NETCO vision quickly evolve into a registered charity with a board of trustees, committee members and a huge following of supporters. Martin, along with his committee, hold meetings and fundraisers with the local mountain bike community to accelerate the project and hundreds of people attended in support.

ALEXANDER FYFE

Alexander contributes a lot to his local community, for example he has

  • Built and developed local trails
  • Organised Enduro events to a very high standard
  • Encouraged youth riders by organising the first Enduro with a youth category in Scotland
  • Creating an enduro race for youths at Drumtochty
  • Working with landowners to stage world class enduro events showing a professionalism and maturity way beyond his years.

RAMSAY MACFARLANE

Here's a snippet of what was said about Ramsay:

"I’ve never met anyone so dedicated to growing the MTB scene in Glasgow, which is no easy feat within such a big city. Ramsay MacFarlane founded TrailCoach to offer coaching, but he always goes above and beyond when it comes to helping others and the local riding scene, often taking time out from his full-time job, and money from his own pocket!
I’ve been coached by Ramsay privately and he’s bought my skills on leaps and bounds, but I always see him building trails, organising friendly races and heading out with the Glasgow MTB Club. He gets involved with the community and his enthusiasm to showcase the sport and make it so accessible has introduced mountain biking to a much bigger community in Glasgow."

NATALIE MURRAY

Here's a little of Natalie's qualities that has made her so popular in her community:

"Natalie has an incredible passion to get as many people involved with biking as possible, she wants them to love it as much as she does and aims to inspire all ages to have a go!

She started voluntary work for the Highland Skate Parks Association (the charity that run the bike pump track and skate park in inverness) almost 5 years ago and she is now the current chairperson for the association. Through her volunteer work with HSPA she has now established regular and very popular bike camps during the school holidays at the pump track as well as previously running evening indoor sessions at a local community center during the winter, providing kids with fantastic facilities and opportunities to work on their bike skills. Both types of supervised sessions have created chances for local kids to have a go and learn to develop their biking abilities using ramps and the pump track."

CHRIS REDMOND

Chris Redmond is:

  • The main force behind the creation of the successful Tarland Trails
  • Organises maintenance days
  • Responsible for ambitious Tarland Trails 2 project
  • Designed and created the Tarland Trails project. This has is really popular especially for younger riders and families. Chris works continues to work really hard to ensure the trails are in excellent condition. The trails attract riders from a wide area and contribute to the attractiveness of Tarland for visitors.
  • He also runs cycling trips for pupils at Aboyne primary.

EUAN SPEIRITS

Last years joint winner, still working selflessly in his local area:

"The first time I meet Euan was at Nevis Range in Fort William after a Facebook post saying he was having a 4xwednesday night. All welcome regardless of age or ability. When I arrived in the car park with my child who was a very small 7 year old I was feeling a bit uncomfortable as I was new to all this biking and felt this was way too much for my child. After a quick chat with Euan he reassured me this was defiantly something my child could take part in. So off my child went with all those big guys in the worse weather you could possible imagine. Once i final got myself half way up the track through mud up to my knees I’m thinking there is no way my child will get his bike up this track!! Then I turn round to see one guys push his own bike with my child’s bike also on his shoulder and another guy pulling my boy up a very steep rock slab covered in mud. Next thing I see is my child flying down the 4x track with the 4xwednessday team. This went on for hours and my child had one of his best nights ever biking. Once again Euan made a number of people very happy that night."

PREVIOUS WINNERS

Scottish Mountain Biking Local Hero 2016 - Sally Devlin

Scottish Mountain Biking Local Hero 2017 - Barbara Murray and Euan Speirits