Teenager Ryan Hutchinson has competed at his highest level yet, taking on the country’s best young riders at the British BMX National Series.
The 14-year-old raced in the 17+ category and showed no nerves in the opening round of the series which was held at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre.
Up against field of 34 riders, Hutchinson won two if the his three qualifying moto races and took third in the final remaining heat to reach the quarter-finals.
The Thurlby rider took second place in his quarter-final to make the cut for the semis in which he was pipped for fourth - the final qualifying place for the A final.
He made a minor mistake on the last straight and crossed the line in fifth putting him into the B final where he made amends for his slip-up in the previous round. He burst from the start gate, taking the lead into the first corner and never looked back, riding to a commanding victory.
Hutchinson, who plans to reduce his commitment to fourtrack racing this year and focus on BMX, said: “My goal was to try and get in the A Final but I was really happy with a win in the B Final.”
He returned to training this week ahead of the second round of the series which will be raced at Gravesend at the end of April.
Hutchinson recently competed in the six-round East Anglia regional winter series, again in the 17+ category, taking third place overall.
His dad, Rick, said: “This has been a huge learning curve for Ryan. He is still 14 and has only been racing BMX since September .
“He won the B final in a time that would beaten all the A final’s racers except the top three.”
Hutchinson thanked Terry Wright cycles at Market Deeping for all their support.
The remaining rounds of the British BMX Series are at Gravesend Cyclopark in April, Birmingham in May, Manchester in June , and Gosport in August.