Former Scone High School student Ben Hill attracting plenty of attention on world cycling scene

FORMER Scone High School (SHS) student Ben Hill is attracting plenty of attention on the world cycling scene.

The talented rider, who attended the Upper Hunter educational facility from 2003 to 2008, recently led the 2019 Tour of Japan over a number of sections in the past fortnight.

Representing professional outfit Ljubljana Gusto Santic, Hill not only won a stage, and claimed the green jersey, he wore it for three days until the climb up Mt Fuji.

"We had an amazing time in Japan," he said.

"And, we created some nice memories over there."

Hill, whose father David is on the staff at Scone High, began competitive cycling while at school, representing the Hunter Academy of Sport.

He received the 2008 SHS Sportsman of the Year award and, less than 12 months later, was named the district's 2009 Australia Day Sportsman of the Year.

After completing the HSC, he moved to Canberra to start a Nutrition and Sports Science Degree at the University of Canberra.

Through the Australian Institute of Sport, Hill also rode for the national under-23 team in Asia where he gained fourth in a stage of the 2012 Tour of China.

He's since moved on, winning more sections in tours in China, New Zealand and Japan.

In 2017, he secured the mountains classification in The Herald Sun Tour while, in 2018, he spent a few days in the leader's jersey in the Tour of Ljubljana where he often resides throughout the year.

Over the past three years, he's registered numerous impressive results, too, at events such as the Princess Maha Chackri Sirindhorn's Cup Tour of Thailand (2016), Belgrade Banjaluka (2016, 2019), Tour de Tochigi (2017), Le Tour de Filipinas (2017) and Japan Cup Cycle Road Race (2017).

Hill, now based in Canberra, is looking forward to spending time with his fiancé, track cyclist Rebecca Wiasak, an Australian and international record holder.

She's also a dual Word Champion and silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 3000m individual pursuit.

And, the pair are certainly on the right track for further success.