British Mountain Bike Champion recruited for the ‘best job in the world’


Posted: 20 September 2013

British Cross Country Mountain Bike Champion, Lee Craigie, has been recruited for the ‘best job in the world’ according to her! Craigie, from Inverness, was selected from over 50 highly qualified applicants to document mountain bike trails in the Highlands of Scotland with a GPS tracker and Go Pro camera.

Commonwealth Games hopeful Lee Craigie will set off on her journey on Monday 23rd September for two weeks and will be collecting images, video footage and GPS files of more than 20 natural routes which will form part of the DMBinS Highlands E-guide set to be published in early 2014.

The Scottish Cycling performance athlete Lee Craigie said: “I am extremely excited about helping produce content for the E-guide which will encourage more people experience the fantastic trail network the Scottish Highlands have to offer.  It is my belief that encouraging more people to ride these trails sustainably in the Scottish Highlands will bring economic, environmental, physical and mental health benefits to the people across Highland and I can’t wait to get started!”

Lee being a world class cross-country mountain bike racer, with many years coaching and guiding under her belt, made her an ideal candidate for this voluntary role.  As well as riding at the highest level of the sport Lee has excellent photography and documenting skills gained whilst racing and running her own business.  Craigie already has an extensive knowledge of the Highlands of Scotland and will be calling on friends in the North for company throughout her journey, whilst travelling in style in a campervan donated by Big Tree Campervans!

Graeme McLean, Project Manager at DMBinS said: “Recruiting our Highland volunteer is a great step towards creating our Highland E-guide which will form a one-stop-shop for all the information on mountain biking in the Highlands of Scotland. Lee was the perfect candidate with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for mountain biking alongside her excellent photographic skills.  I have every confidence Lee will do a superb job and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and our partners are excited to show off the finished product next year!”

The voluntary position created by DMBinS, with its regional partners in the Highland Cluster including destination management organisations, Local Authorities, national agencies and local businesses,  will allow Lee to explore the great northern trails from week beginning 21st September to 5th October 2013.


Follow Lee’s journey on Twitter: @leecraigie_