Battered prix team rolled with punches
Friday, 24th September, 2010
Willyama High students are still recovering after their gruelling 24-hour pedal prix race.
The annual race, which is held at Murray Bridge, sees schools build human powered vehicles (HPV), and ride them around a reserve, completing as many laps as possible.
Held at the weekend, the race started at 12noon Saturday and concluded at noon Sunday. The only local school to enter, Willyama High School, beat 94 other competitors to come 131st out of 225 competitors.
Technology and applied science head teacher and Pedal Prix coordinator Jim Harvey said the students performed well during the 24 hours. “(they) worked well as a team and were supportive of each other,”
Mr Harvey said. Students completed a collective 512kms, with each student pedalling for about 40kms. The vehicle suffered some damage when it ran into a telegraph pole after it was side-swiped by another competitor.
“We spent an hour-and-a-half off road for body repairs after a collision.” Captain Lauren Pascoe said the team did very well. “We did great considering that only four of us had rode on the track before.”
The race is the largest of its kind in the world and the 24 hour Australian International Pedal Prix is the third of three races held over four months.