Bourne teenager Ryan Hutchinson has joined British Cycling’s young talent team during a busy few weeks of racing.
The BMX racer won the Eastern Region’s national title against riders from across the country at Royston, and he then picked up a second spot in the first round of the winter BMX series.
Ryan said: “It was great to interact with other talented riders with British Cycling. It makes you want to improve.”
“I have only just been selected but I think there are about three others in my age group.”
It has been a meteoric rise for Ryan, who only gave up football to take up riding at the start of the year.
He said: “It has been a great year; especially winning the Eastern Regional Nationals.
Just the day after joining the talent team, Ryan won all three qualifiers and the final race.
On Sunday he was racing in the first of the winter series of race at Milton Keynes where the 14-year-old raced in the 17+ category tested the theory of getting right back in the saddle if you fall off.
He had won his first two races when he came off at the final jump of the third race.
“I made a mistake,” conceded Ryan, who immediately got up to compete in round four despite still feeling dizzy.
“I had bent my handle bars and the bike didn’t feel right coming out of the gate but I managed to move up to second.
“If it wasn’t for feeling dizzy and having damaged handle bars, who knows. I might have done better.”
There are five more rounds during the winter season, with the next set of races at Peterborough in November.
He added: “I have to thank Terry Wright Cycles. They’ve been a massive help.”
He is now trying to race every week in regional races over the winter.