Olympic talent opportunity for rider Ryan

Ryan Hutchinson has joined the British Cycling Olympic Talent Programme
Ryan Hutchinson has joined the British Cycling Olympic Talent Programme
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Teenage BMX cyclist Ryan Hutchinson has his sights set on an Olympic dream after being signed up for a crack coaching scheme.

Ryan, 15, from Thurlby, has returned from a week-long training stint with top Olympic cycling coaches.

The Bourne Academy pupil had five days of riding, workshops on diet and nutrition and gym work designed to build on his raw talent in a sport he took up only in September last year.

Since then he has made remarkable progress and finished fifth in his age group in the British BMX National Series.

Following that success he was selected after a trail for the British Cycling Olympic Talent Programme.

Every year hundreds of hopefuls apply for a place on the Olympic Programme but only a few make it.

The next step up after that is the Olympic Development Programme and from there riders are selected for the full Olympic squad.

Ryan reckons attending the Talent programme training camp is already making him a better rider.

He said: “The training camp was amazing. I’m looking forward to working closely with the Olympic coaches to improve my riding, I already feel much stronger”.

Ryan now has a training schedule and has to keep in regular contact with his coaches and continues to train hard in all weathers.

Ryan’s dad, Rick, said: “When he was chosen for the trial we were really excited, although we don’t like to big Ryan up, and he just gets on with it.

“We were obviously thrilled when we learned he had been selected and he’s done really well.”

Ryan travels to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester this weekend to compete in the first round of the winter series, where he hopes to put some of the coaching skills into practice.