Racing may be his life but Tetbury's Scott Chalmers also loves many aspects of life in the Cotswolds, from great days out to its secret places.

Scott started racing at the age of nine - he loved it from the start and has never really looked back.

Racing in pretty much all disciplines of the sport at some point, he likes to mix different styles of racing and riding.

He raced nationally as a junior (under 18) and after a decent result at the Junior Tour of Wales secured a contract on a Dutch under 23 racing team.

Scott has lived and raced in many countries including France, Spain, Belgium and as far afield as Cameroon.

A heavy crash brought racing full time on the Continent to an end but after a lengthy rehabilitation period he eventually came back to racing at a national standard.

His focus has turned to offroad racing in the last four or five years and

his main disciplines now are cyclocross and cross country mountain biking.

In more recent years, Scott made a boyhood dream come true when in

September, 2017 he launched his very own cycling team - Magspeed Racing.

It started with just him racing for the team but soon turned into five riders and now stands at 27!

Always looking ahead, Scott hopes to start coaching sessions for all ages. He wants to encourage people to get into the sport, using the team to try and promote cycling

Q: Favourite day out in the county?

Heading to The Classic Motor Hub in Bibury to see all the cars, motorbikes and cool old memorabilia.

Q: Best thing about living in the Cotswolds?

Being surrounded by such amazing countryside and cracking little towns and villages.

Q: Who or what is your inspiration?

Guy Martin. A down to earth bloke, who wants to push the limits in whatever he does. Love his enthusiasm. Always find it inspiring seeing his latest plan and then see it put into action. I also love how much he likes to tinker on a lot of projects... also one of my favourite things to do, tinker in my shed.

Q: What is your proudest achievement?

Starting my own cycling team.

Q: Favourite local landmark?

Rodborough Common. A place I spent a lot of time as a kid and still try to as much as possible now.

Q: What do you do to relax?

Get on my bike and head out into the lanes to explore. Its still such a great feeling when I find new lanes and trails… and if I happen to stumble upon a coffee shop too, then all the better.

Q: What is the Cotswolds best kept secret?

The Kitchen, a really cool little cafe in Minchinhampton.

Q: What’s the best part of your job?

Being outdoors for the majority of the time. I love being outside!

Q: Favourite book or author?

Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything. Blew my mind.