Etienne and Pfeiffer Georgi, from Berkeley, compete in European Junior Cycling Tour of Assen
8:00am Sunday 25th August 2013 in Thornbury Sport
BERKELEY-BASED siblings, Etienne and Pfeiffer Georgi, competed in the European Junior Cycling Tour of Assen in Holland.
The event is a six-day stage race with over 700 riders across 11 age categories drawn from all over northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Riding for Giant Cycling Club Halo Films, Castle School pupil Etienne, 14, competed against 141 competitors in his category whilst 12-year-old Pfeiffer faced competition from 64 other riders.
Beginning with a 1km prologue, the stage race then saw the riders compete in day two’s Criterium, where Etienne’s race was run in heavy deluges of rain.
Day three brought the Classic road stages, racing from place to place, including a 4.4km cobbled section for Etienne’s 80km event.
Day four presented the 7km individual time trial whilst day five saw a return to the cobbled road race circuit, this year in temperatures reaching 35 degrees for Pfeiffer’s race. Finally, the week culminated in road races through woodland and paved sections.
The racing was hectic with large groups of riders on the narrow circuits, unfamiliar to most of the British riders.
Etienne, the sixth youngest rider in his age category, finished 18th overall.
Pfeiffer was placed ninth in her category overall, winning three medals for stage placings and a trophy for sharing the podium with the top 20.
They’re both keen to compete in the race again next year and wish to beat their father, Peter Georgi’s, fourth placing when he competed in the Tour of Assen in 1982 aged 16.
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