2022 provisional calendar released

The Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge is slated to return in 2022.

The provisional calendar for the 2022 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series has been released.

After a disappointing end to 2021 with three rounds cancelled due to COVID, the anticipation of  a full calendar of events is palpable.

The season once again is slated to get underway in the South East of SA in Mount Gambier. The smooth and wide flowing circuit of McNamara Park has hosted the opening round for several years now and is an ideal self contained venue. Round 2 is currently to be confirmed with a number of options still under consideration. Victoria Park is penciled in for Round 3 on 17-19 June, a three day format as per 2021 anticipated. The Series looks set to return to The Bend Motorsport Park on Sunday July 31, the facility getting it’s first taste of HPV racing this year and proving quite an experience. Busselton is once again on the provisional calendar, having been cancelled for the last two years in succession due to COVID. To see the foreshore track back in action will be warmly welcomed. The season finale is again set for Sturt Reserve at Murray Bridge. The jewel in the crown, the Australian International Pedal Prix is a favourite of the teams.

“The release of the Provisional Calendar is an important milestone as we prepare to go racing again in 2022. It’s been far too long since we have been able to hold events and go racing. That’s what we’re here for, that’s what we intend to do,” stated UniSA AHPVSS CEO Marcus Lacey.  “The Provisional Calendar seeks to outline a realistic set of events, and is bookended by Mt Gambier and Murray Bridge, with Adelaide’s Victoria Park in the middle. A return to Tailem Bend and the Bend Motorsport Park in 2022 and the return of Busselton is an excellent outcome. There are several options for Round 2, and we hope to be able to announce a decision on this in due course. Overall, we would say this is a very pleasing provisional calendar after having two year’s rocked by the ever uncertain COVID dominated world. The provisional calendar is subject to change, but we look forward to finalising details over coming weeks. Reports continue to be positive that the ongoing vaccine roll out is on track to provide a degree of stability for 2022, although we expect there will be several important event management, and health and safety, factors to be considered,” he added.

2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar

  • Rnd 1 Mount Gambier, Saturday, 26 March
  • Rnd 2 TBC, Saturday, 14 May
  • Rnd 3 Vic Park, Fri – Sun, 17-19 June
  • Rnd 4 Tailem Bend, Sunday, 31 July
  • Rnd 5 Busselton, Sunday 21 August
  • Rnd 6 Murray Bridge, Fri – Sun, 23 – 25 September

 

primary schools development events to be considered 

Could more fields of Primary School teams take to the track in 2022 like this one assembled on the grid at Victoria Park this year?

Australian International Pedal Prix Incorporated, the organising body of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, is considering the possibility of a number of races/events specifically for primary school teams in 2022. 

During the course of this year’s events, Primary School teams had the opportunity to race at Adelaide’s Victoria Park on the Friday of the Round 3 UniSA AHPVSS race weekend. The entire day, race and track was devoted to the category with some 45 vehicles in action. Reaction from teams and riders reflected positively on the format and with no other categories on track, Pembroke School’s Next Gen took line honours from Crafers Primary School Comet and Murray Bridge North Primary School’s The Beast. 

A key contributing factor is the shift of Year 7’s to high school from 2022. The primary school category will be able to draw upon two year levels (5 and 6), allowing for the continuation of learning from one year to the next for both the riders and also the parents. The shift to the separate competition opens the door to finding safe pathways for younger year levels to take part, in year 6, 5 and hopefully below. 

Providing these younger competitors with their own space and tempo on track will enhance safety and enjoyment for participants. These changes are also being considered with some category modifications. 

“The ongoing development of HPV racing is a key component of our focus,” said CEO Marcus Lacey. “We are looking at ways to increase the opportunity for participation and improve safety all the time. The concept of stand-alone primary school races/events may well be a positive move in this direction, with more trikes able to take to the track in the younger age group, and entry capacity then able to increase in other categories as well. What’s more, the speed differential between the faster adult categories and the younger riders will be removed in such an event, making them inherently more safe,” he added. 

The potential benefits of races/events specifically for primary school teams include: 

         *enhanced safety through lower vehicle speed differentials 

         *the opportunity to deliver more specific experiences targeting primary school age students including rider education development, trike maintenance, benefits of active recreation, teamwork, and sustainability 

        *category alignment with the now standardised year/age grouping across primary and high schools 

         *creation of a platform of events to showcase the talent, competitiveness, and community of the primary school riders and teams 

         *the opportunity for riders in the primary school ages to race for the chequered flag in their own right

         *provide capacity for growth and development of the primary school category, and increase the overall participation capacity of HPV/Pedal Prix racing 

“Clearly there are potential benefits to the concept. Equally, many questions remain. Questions around locations, venues, resources, viability, and so on. We will be looking carefully at the concept and try to consider all aspects moving forward,” said Lacey. 

 

mount gambier to green light 2022

The majestic McNamara Park, home to the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series opener.

The 2022 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series (AHPVSS) will get the green light at Mount Gambier on Saturday 26 March 2022.

“It’s very exciting to be able to make the first 2022 Series calendar announcement with Mount Gambier again hosting the season opener,” exclaimed CEO Marcus Lacey.  “Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park has been the stage for Round 1 many times before, and I’m sure it will be welcomed again after such a difficult and challenging period of on/off events. We simply want to go racing!”

Located just 20 minutes outside Mt Gambier, the McNamara Park motor cycle racing circuit has much to offer. The twisting 2.4 km circuit provides something for everyone with fast straights, sweeping bends and technical downhill and uphill sections, and is an ideal venue for the event.

In preparation for the Saturday March 26 race at the track, vehicle scrutineering will take place at Mount Gambier Railway Lands Reserve in the CBD of Mount Gambier on Friday March 25. This will be the first opportunity to see the new season machines race ready.

Round 1 of the 2022 Uni SA AHPVSS in Mt Gambier is presented thanks to the generous support and cooperation of the City of Mount Gambier, and the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club.

To assist in planning your trip to Mount Gambier have a look at the Visitor Information Centre website at Mt Gambier Visitor Information and check out accommodation options at Mt Gambier Accommodation and Port Macdonnell region accommodation

bellotti corner redeveloped

One of the most exciting sections of track on the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series calendar has
undergone a major redevelopment.

Bellotti Corner, a fast paced 90 degree left hand bend followed by a right kick back coming onto the river front main straight at Murray Bridge’s picturesque Sturt Reserve has been substantially improved. The work, undertaken by The Rural City of Murray Bridge, has been carried out with rider safety at the forefront of the redesign.

Working in conjunction with organisers of the Series, the local council body has committed significant resources to undertake the changes.

“Bellotti Corner has always been action packed, an exhilarating spot for both rider and spectator alike,” noted CEO Marcus Lacey. “The great thing about these changes is they will keep the exciting nature of the corner intact, while at the same time substantially increase the safety for all trikes at this point in the track.”

The changes include:

  • Removal of the of the light pole on the river side of the corner
  • Re-laying of the kerbing at the outside edge of the circuit, in a different design profile to provide a gentler gradient, negotiable for HPVs, should vehicles leave the track
  • Replacement of the storm water culvert on the outside edge of the circuit with a flush design style that will not damage HPVs
  • Expanding and flattening the run off area on the outside of the corner

 

“It is disappointing we are not at Murray Bridge right now for the annual 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix, due to COVID,” said Lacey. “We’d like to thank The Rural City of Murray Bridge, as these upgrades will be welcome by all when we return in 2022.”

Bellotti Corner was named in honour of Tim Bellotti, a trailblazer of HPV racing development in Australia. He helped revolutionise the sport and was directly responsible for the way many HPVs are designed today. He was heavily involved with Walford School in the late 1990’s before establishing his winning teams in the early 2000’s, dominating the Open category with his advanced designs. Tim was a true pioneer of the sport and a great friend to the AIPP community. One of his race winning vehicles is still being used by a Primary School Team.

lacey confirmed as ceo

New CEO of AIPP Inc. Marcus Lacey, says focus will be on the future and increased opportunity.

Marcus Lacey has been appointed CEO of Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. Having been acting in the position over the past month, his confirmation was endorsed at a meeting of the Board last night.

Lacey has a long history with the sport, his involvement with Pedal Prix dating back to the mid 90’s when he worked with Tim Bellotti. His children also participated, racing during the 2010’s. Most recently he has been operating in the position of Marketing and Communications Manager.

In commencing, he paid respect to his predecessor “Clearly the past two years have been tremendously challenging to say the least. Andrew McLachlan has navigated a path through very difficult times, and I would like to acknowledge his efforts during this period, and his outstanding contribution to our sport over what is the best part of the past two decades. There will be more to say about this in due course.”

His focus however is very much on the future. “2022 holds great promise of enabling a return to HPV racing on a major scale,” he said. “The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is set for a full season of action, with development of the calendar well advanced. Traditional events such as a season opener at Mt Gambier look set to return. We got a chance this year to try a new format at Adelaide’s Victoria Park, which proved very successful. We were also able to introduce HPV racing to The Bend Motorsport Park, which was quite an event. With the experience gained, we have the opportunity to make these even better next year.”

While Lacey confirmed a return to Busselton, the ‘Events Capital of WA’ remained a likely prospect, along with the running of the traditional 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge, he also hinted at some new developments. “The 24hr race is the jewel in the crown. It’s a long, tough and challenging event which makes it so rewarding to contest. For next year however, we are considering an expanded race program there, and format changes which will add to improved rider enjoyment and safety. Aside from Murray Bridge, right now we’re looking at a couple of venues not on the 2021 calendar, some pre-season racing concepts, and creating opportunities for new teams to enter the sport. The net result will be greater openings to enjoy and participate in the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series and our unique and exciting sport.”

Lacey confirmed his focus is on shaping and developing the sport for participant involvement and enjoyment, and securing it’s long-term future. “Our sport has much to offer, so many benefits, and it’s simply, so enjoyable to be part of. I want to see the opportunity for everyone to participate continue to grow. I would like to thank the Board for their confidence in me and I look forward to working with our team to deliver an exciting season of events in 2022.”

copyworld renews for 2022 

Copyworld will again sponsor the Fastest Lap award in 2022

Copyworld has again joined forces with the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series to sponsor the Copyworld Fastest Lap award in 2022. 

The highly coveted award recognises the fastest single lap ridden at each round of the Series and is awarded per category.

Copyworld has been naming rights sponsor of the award since 2019, with this renewal strengthening the relationship even further.

In re-signing for 2022, General Manager Copyworld, David Morris, said, “The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series brings people together, it has a great sense of community, and we like that. We can see the benefits it brings to young people, families, and participants. The resilience of the organisation and all the teams over what has been a very tough time is to be admired. It ticks a lot of boxes for us and we are very pleased to support the Series again next year.”

“We are delighted to have Copyworld join us again for the 2022 season,” stated Acting CEO Marcus Lacey. “Their ongoing commitment to the Series and HPV racing is greatly appreciated, particularly during the challenging times which have been thrust upon us by COVID. Copyworld has become synonymous with the fastest lap award, and to have them with us again in 2022 is another positive as we prepare to go racing in the new year.”

Established by Managing Director Ross Almond in 1984, Copyworld has grown from its humble origins to become a national leader in the sale and service of photocopiers and network solutions. With purpose-built offices in Adelaide and Perth, the company has over 60 dedicated employees serving the needs of customers Australia-wide.

mclachlan steps down

Outgoing Chairman Andrew McLachlan confident 2022 will see a full calendar of events

Andrew McLachlan has announced his resignation from the positions of Chairman and CEO of Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. effective immediately. He handed his notice to the Board of the organisation at a meeting last night. 

He will continue in a consultant role through to the end of November this year to assist with the transition and ensure a smooth handover.

Marcus Lacey will move into both positions in an acting capacity while a transition plan is finalised.

McLachlan has had an association with AIPP spanning twenty six years, nineteen of those as CEO and Chairman. During this time, he has overseen the delivery of seventy two events, as well as major developments in the sport of Human Powered Vehicle racing including the ratification of a national rule set and the creation and expansion of the UniSA Australian HPV Super series from one event to the current format of six rounds.

“I have enjoyed my time in the role and I take with me many happy memories of time spent with the wonderful community at all levels who embrace our sport, and whose passion and enthusiasm have made it what it is today.”

While the impact of COVID over the course of the past two seasons has been significant, the roll out of the vaccine across Australia is now making progress. As such, prospects for season 2022 look most promising with a return to a full calendar of HPV racing and events.

“The minimisation of the impact of COVID is a significant factor moving forward and I look forward to assisting the transition which will be competently led by Marcus in preparation for 2022. I wish the organisation well in its future endeavours,” McLachlan concluded.

2021 australian international pedal prix cancelled 

The iconic Sturt Reserve won’t see HPVs grace the circuit in 2021

The 2021 Australian International Pedal Prix has been cancelled. The jewel in the crown of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series held at Murray Bridge in South Australia will not go ahead this year. In a season which started with much promise and saw the running of the first three rounds of the Series, COVID restrictions, and uncertainty, has produced a risk scenario preventing the organisation proceeding with the event in 2021.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Board of the organisation last night. It considered a multitude of factors which currently exist regarding the pandemic including its impact on neighbouring states, particularly Victoria and associated border restrictions, and the significant risk of cancellation after infrastructure expenditure commitment. Additionally, the South Australian Department of Health had advised there was an expected period of at least four weeks before a decision would be made on the issuance of a COVID Management Plan, if it was to be approved at all.

The multitude of factors has left the organisation with no alternative but to make this sad decision, which is made in the best interests of the organisation, teams, and the health and wellbeing of the community.

training cancelled as restrictions continue

The Government of South Australia yesterday announced the lifting of Level 5 restrictions effective 12:01 AM this morning, but continued restrictions remain.

For schools, sporting competition will not be allowed to proceed, and while it is noted that training can resume, this is only for intra school activity.   

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens explained the reason why training could resume but not competitive sport.   

“The difference is if you’re training, you’re training with people you’re normally in contact with, but when you allow teams to compete, they invariably come from different parts of the wider metropolitan area or different country locations to compete together, so you’re bringing different communities together, which means if we do have an outbreak the potential spread is much wider than if you have it just in a group of people who normally get together.” 

On this basis, the planned training session for teams of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series scheduled for this Sunday, 1 August, has been cancelled and will not proceed.  

2020 was a challenging year, and 2021 has again presented us with an unpleasant set of circumstances. Not being able to conduct two rounds of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is particularly devastating. There are thousands of competitors, teachers, team staff, families and supporters who continue to join with us and share the passion of HPV racing. For all of us to be thwarted in our endeavors in such a harsh way is difficult to take. The Board of the Series shares the anguish and concern generated by the effects of COVID-19. We will however always place the safety and well-being of competitors, teams and supporters foremost.  

Our next event is scheduled to be Round 6 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series to be held at Murray Bridge on 11 – 12 September.

round 4 cancelled

This morning the Premier of South Australia announced a 7 day lockdown  after numerous COVID-19 positive tests in South Australia. 

As a result, both the training day scheduled for this Sunday 25 July and Round 4 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series at the Bend Motorsport Park scheduled for Saturday 31 July are cancelled.  

While the duration of lockdown is currently scheduled for 7 days, the uncertainty around what happens during and after this period make it clear this is the only available decision to take.  

Chairman Andrew McLachlan expressed the disappointment felt by all. “These decisions are difficult and not taken lightly, but in the best interests of our community. We understand and feel the frustration and challenge this creates for all of us. We look forward to that time in the future when we can resume more normal operations.”