Berkeley-based siblings Etienne Georgi and Pfeiffer Georgi impress

Cycling: Brother and sister enjoy success

Etienne Georgi (left) on the podium at Herne Hill

Pfeiffer Georgi leads the way at Castle Combe

Pfeiffer Georgi (right) on the podium after finishing third at Herne Hill

First published in Gloucestershire Sport

THE EASTER school holidays saw a series of successes for Berkeley-based cycling siblings, Etienne and Pfeiffer Georgi.

Starting with a hotly contested National Youth Circuit Race at Hetton near Durham, Pfeiffer, who is only 13, took third spot in the Under-14 Girls' category whilst her brother Etienne, 15, claimed sixh place in the Under 16 Boys' Race.

Competing for Giant CC Halo Films, the Castle School students raced in cold and blustery conditions over the 1.8km undulating circuit with the events staged at the maximum lengths for Youth Races, 40km for the girls and 60 km for the boys - 25 and 37.5 miles respectively.

The Easter weekend saw races being promoted at Castle Combe Race Circuit by Chippenham & District Wheelers, a venue perhaps more normally associated with horsepower than leg power.

There were, however, in excess of 500 riders competing across the senior and youth races at the Wiltshire circuit.

Thornbury-based club racer Alan Taylor, 51, timed it just right to take his first placing in a road race, outsprinting his 140 rivals to land third spot in the 4th category senior race. Never give up - that's the message.

Meanwhile Pfeiffer Georgi followed up her bronze from Durham winning the Under-14 Girls' race.

Etienne was unfortunately brought down heavily in a crash on the last lap of the Under-16 Boys' race and had to be patched up at Swindon's Great Western hospital.

He recovered sufficiently well to compete the following day at the Easter Open Track Meeting at Herne Hill's outdoor velodrome in London.

Toughness is an entry requirement in the place most hallowed among UK track cyclists and Etienne duly podiumed with a creditable second place.

In a weekend of heavy endeavour and a lot of mileage for the Georgi family car, Pfeiffer won just reward, racing to first Under-14 Girl in the multi-disciplinary omnium, and achieving third place in the combined Under-16/under-14 Girls' category.

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