Once a soccer player, Ben first jumped on a bike to try something new at the end of the season. The immediate feelings of freedom and ability to explore the world made Ben realise “bike riding was something I could do”.
After finding his way in Canada, he has signed for Team Sunweb’s Development program, a process he said was “unreal”.
“The core values and philosophy behind Team Sunweb is so exciting. It’s a pretty unique mixture of development and performance – the perfect environment for entering my first year in this sport. There are a lot of people to follow who really know the way.”
Ben was crowned national junior road race champion in 2018, a race he said was won with the head as much as the legs as he raced really tactically. He was also crowned the junior national time trial champion, performances that caught the eye of the team.
Upbeat, outgoing and sociable, Ben is always looking for the positives in life and is rarely seen without a smile on his face. Motivated by the personal satisfaction of a job well done, the 18-year-old is already focused on preparing in the best way possible for 2019, as well as a new life racing and training in Europe.
Off the bike, Ben loves coffee and cooking food, and spending time with friends and family.