Youngster’s cycle tour de force

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a talented young cyclist from Bramhope tackled a tough Tour de France stage through the French Alps to raise cash for a children’s hospice.

Ten-year-old Bjoern Koerdt, who has been competing in road racing since he was five, climbed 15,429 ft across 110km of some of the most challenging terrain in Alpe d’Huez.

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Bjoern, a pupil at Bramhope Primary School, completed the stage with dad Lars and has raised nearly £1,000 for Martin House Hospice, Wetherby in the process.

Lars said: “Bjoern’s put in the training and it really paid off.

“He loves climbing and was able to get up the hills without any trouble and actually said he felt it wasn’t as hard as some of the climbs in the Lake District.”

The duo battled temperatures of up to 35 degrees to complete the stage in five hours, 51 minutes.

Lars added: “The humidity at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez was particularly challenging and isn’t something Bjoern has really encountered before.

“He found his performance really dropped off due to the humidity and he had to take in a lot more fluid than he normally would.

In fact, it was so hot at one point that all the cyclists were jumping into a nearby waterfall, just to cool down.”

Bjoern is the youngest member of Yorkshire’s oldest cycle retailer All Terrain Cycles’ racing team.

Last year, he won the Under 10 and Under 12 summer series as well as taking the title of the Under 12 Yorkshire Cyclocross Champion in his first ever winter cross season.

Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles, said Bjoern was “one to watch” in the world of cycling and that his achievement in completing the stage is “testament to his talent and commitment.”

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