A SCHOOLBOY riding an electric trials bike has been crowned a national champion.

Ten-year-old Myles Hutchinson has became British Youth ACU Trials Champion for the second year running despite stepping up to ride against older children this year.

Myles, of Cross Hills, near Keighley, is one of an increasing number of young trials riders favouring electric bikes such as the OSET 24.0 over petrol-powered trials bikes.

Simon Armstrong, of OSET Bikes, said his company was delighted for the “extremely focused and very competitive” Myles after supporting him for a couple of years.

Mr Armstrong added: “Just six years ago electric-powered bikes like OSET were seen as a bit of a novelty in a petrol-dominated sport. Now, the youngest riders aged four to ten pretty much all ride electric-powered bikes.

“That trend of swapping petrol-power for electric is set to continue through the sport, especially in the wake of the Government announcements regarding combustion engines.”

Frazer Hutchinson, Myles’ dad father, said he was exceptionally proud of his son’s achievement riding a bike that is lighter than its traditional petrol counterparts.

He said: “Myles has been riding an OSET since he was four years old, and to become British Champion for the second year running is an accomplishment he will carry with him through his life.”

Myles is a member of trials club Bradford DMC, home of multiple world trials champion Dougie Lampkin, of Silsden.