Student Spotlight: Luke Forshaw

Luke Forshaw

Eric Jones, Active Campus Coordinator, recently spoke to Luke Forshaw, a student on the HND Sports Coaching and Development course.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

My name’s Luke Forshaw, I’m 18 years old and race Enduro Mountain biking around the UK. I've been riding bikes for around 10 years and competing for around 7 years; I joined BASE in 2022 to improve upon my riding and get my Coaching Qualification. I entered the Strathpuffer to push myself in all aspects, it’s a different discipline from what I usually race, so I thought it would be a good challenge to start the year. 

You recently competed in the Strathpuffer, can you tell us a little about this- what the event is and how you got on? 

The Strathpuffer is a 24-hour Mountain bike race above Inverness it’s designed to be one of the UK’s toughest races, set in January with sub-zero temperatures it makes for a challenging 24 hours. I managed to grab second place in the U23 after a challenging race riding around 170km by the end. It’s definitely one of the hardest things I’ve done, however, it was a good challenge, and I’m pleased to have done it looking back on it.

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Can you tell us about how the course helped you with this most recent performance? 

The BASE has been an amazing help to my riding this past year my skills have come on heaps since taking up the coaching with Dirt School and you find your fitness levels improve massively just from the amount of riding you do. The lectures have all been really helpful throughout as well sharing all kinds of tips and advice on areas like Nutrition, recovery, and gym work, telling me little tricks I would never have known otherwise. 

What’s coming up next for you in 2024 and do you have any future goals? 

Next year I’m going to be racing around the UK in the national Enduro races and with a bit of luck, head out to Europe to try and qualify for some international rounds. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to make it to the Elite level that’s my main goal, BASE is the best place for me to try and achieve this, so I'll just keep working away.

From Eric JonesActive Campus Coordinator

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