Teenage BMX cyclist Ryan Hutchinson has completed a three-day Olympic Talent Team training camp on the back of some fabulous results.
During the training camp at Manchester this weekend, the Thurlby 15-year-old was under the watchful eye of Olympic coaches.
The camp involved time on the track as well as in the gym and taking part in workshops on diet and nutrition.
It followed the second round of the National Cycling Centre Winter Series the weekend before where Ryan didn’t lose a heat (known in BMXing as motos) all day.
“Ryan completely took the day by storm,” said his dad Rick.
“In the semi-final he looked strong and smooth, taking the win.
“The final was just as smooth and he won with style.”
The victory came hot on the heels of a similar result in round one at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, which is fast becoming almost his ‘home’ track.
He started well by winning his first moto, but slid out on the first corner in his second moto.
Finishing third in his final moto took him into the semi-final where second place was enough to put him on the start in the final.
Taking a strong lead from the start, Ryan seized the overall win.
The victories and the camp mark the end of a remarkable year for the talented Bourne Academy pupil.
Having only taken up the sport in September last year, he qualified in his first season of BMX to compete in the 2014 World Championships, which will be held in Ahoy, Rotterdam, in the summer.
During his first season he finished fifth in his age group in the British BMX National Series.
That success propelled him into trials for the British Cycling Olympic Talent Programme, including the training camps.
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.
Joining the programme meant being given a training schedule and keeping in regular contact with his coaches.
And of course, there’s a lot of hard training to do, no matter what the weather.
After a short break for Christmas, Ryan will be back to training and has his first race of the new year at the end of January.