Queensland Pedal Prix Guns Fly In

Geoof Wood, centre, with Qld racers Reilly and Ryan Billingham setting up at Murray Bridge

Brothers Ryan and Reilly Billingham, key team members for the Queensland HPV Super Series Champions, AQ Elite Racing have arrived in Murray Bridge for this weekend’s 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix.

Last weekend’s final round of the northern state series in Toowoomba saw the Aquinas College outfit take the crown. Key riders for the team, the twins seized the opportunity to take up an offer to ride for G Trikes at Murray Bridge this weekend.

“Its completely different to the Queensland where fields max out with 50 trikes per race, and the team camaraderie, the teamwork here at G Trikes with Geoff is great. The machine and racing here is absolutely insane. It’s such a quick trike. We race the same one at school, but there’s little things you notice that Geoff really think about and the changes make it so much quicker than anything we race before,” said Reilly.

“Its great to have riders of their calibre join ust at Murray Bridge this weekend,” said Wood. “they add another dimension to our outfit.”

 

Junior Schools return to The bridge

Junior School Teams at the Victoria Park circuit.

Select Junior School teams, Category S1, will race in this weekend’s 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge.

The event at the riverside circuit of Sturt Reserve, is the jewel in the crown of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series. It is the grand finale of the season and it’s challenging 24 hour format a strong drawcard for all.

The event had been unable to be held since 2019 due to Covid, and with its return in last year, did not include Junior School teams. The decision was made in the interests of safety on the basis that none of the Junior School competitors would have ever raced there before. What’s more, all of them would have had limited HPV racing experience, and the grueling 24 hour format, incorporating night-time running and significant speed differentials, created a scenario where extra care had to be taken.

For 2023 it was resolved that Junior School teams could return to the event, with certain criteria. In the interests of safety, provision was made for up to ten vehicles in the Junior School category to receive an offer. The ten teams were decided by the entrants’ provisional standings in the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Junior School category (S1) at the completion of round five at Geographe Bay, Busselton, on 20 August, 2023.

Teams accepting the offer and returning to the event this weekend are:

31         Crafers Primary School The Comet

4            Brighton Primary School Thunder

54         Westbourne Park Primary Airbourne

193       Highgate Primary Schools Hotrod

46         Holy Trinity Lutheran College Thunder

176       Murray Bridge North School The Beast

137       Brighton Primary School Bolt

Series CEO Marcus Lacey elaborated just how significant the development is. “The return to Murray Bridge for Junior School teams is long overdue. Some four years will have passed since they last raced at Sturt Reserve. We are thrilled to be able to again provide the opportunity for Junior School teams to race at this iconic event.”

patrick Kelly Joins board

The Board of Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. is pleased to announce the appoitment of Patrick Kelly to the Board.

Patrick Kelly is a strategic business development and advancement professional currently working in an executive leadership role at Blackfriars Priory School, Prospect, South Australia. He is a Fellow of Educate Plus, Australasia’s peak body for advancement professionals, serving as the organisation’s Chair from 2014 to 2016 and Deputy Chair from 2012 to 2014.

A Blackfriars Old Scholar, Patrick’s role at his alma mater encompasses responsibility for all facets of educational advancement – student recruitment and admissions, marketing and communications, old scholar and community relations and fundraising. In addition, Patrick manages the school’s burgeoning International Student Program.

Patrick’s involvement with Pedal Prix started in 2003 during his tenure as Marketing & Communications Manager at St Columba College, Andrews Farm. Identifying the sport as a marketing and publicity opportunity for the relatively new school, he worked with the Design Technology department to help engage the broader school community in the sport through sponsorship and parental involvement.

HPV innovation and marketing were the chief drivers behind the introduction of Pedal Prix to the new Australian Technical College – Northern Adelaide in 2007. Patrick used the school’s participation in the HPV Super Series as a key component to promote the institution to families and engage with local industry partners who were critical in the development of the specialist technical and trade training school, now known as St Patrick’s Technical College.

Using the Formula Triseld platform, Patrick led the introduction of Pedal Prix at Loreto College, Marryatville, during his time there as Director of Strategic Development in 2008, 2009 and 2010. A highly engaged parent community was a hallmark this period which also saw the team win the Junior Secondary (girls) category at the 2010 Australian International 24-hour Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge.

After an eight-year hiatus from the sport, Patrick was invited to start a Pedal Prix program at Blackfriars in 2019. Now in its fifth year, with strong support from the school’s management and a highly engaged parent group, the program has developed from a single cycle into a competitive outfit with three teams competing across the S2 and S3 categories. The school is successfully building the sport with a multi-faculty approach across Creative Arts and Design Technology, Health and Physical Education, Nutrition, STEM and Information Technology. In 2023 this was expanded to include a Creative Arts design project for students in Years 5 and 6.

Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the organisation, and adds real world Pedal Prix experience spanning many years. Welcome Patrick.

Busselton Ready to Race

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series returns to the picturesque Western Australian City of Busselton for Round 5 of the 2023 Series this Sunday, 20 August. The stunning coastal destination located 220km south of the state’s capital Perth will also double as the third and final round of the 2023 Epiroc WA Pedal Prix Series.

Following the event’s post COVID return last year, 2023 sees a 28% increase in entries to 37 with teams coming from Victoria, South Australia and WA.

“We love coming to Busselton. The location is ideal, there’s a great mix of teams, and the community is always supportive,” said Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Coming back to Busselton is a real highlight of the calendar.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the Busselton event as it is the climax to our three round Series here in Western Australia,” added WA Chairperson Ben Clayton.

The competition is for both school and community teams, with a strong contingent of WA teams represented including Hale School, Wesley College, Armadale SHS and Duncraig to name a few. Reigning schools champion, Pembroke will make the trek from Adelaide.

In the community categories, teams from WA will battle representatives from SA and Victoria.

In 2023 the circuit will be extended to over a kilometre and will remain technically challenging, demanding and a lot of fun. The Geographe Bay foreshore is an ideal venue with teams able to operate from pit spaces within the facility.

Vehicle scrutineering will taker place on Saturday afternoon before race start on Sunday at 10:00am.

“The City of Busselton has been instrumental in making this event happen and we extend our gratitude and thanks for their support,” said Lacey.

Race Day Schedule – Sunday 20 August  

  • 7.00am Venue open for team access
  • 9.20am Teams to Grid
  • 9.30am All Marshals in position
  • 9.50am Clear the Grid
  • 10.00am Race Start
  • 4.00pm Race Finish
  • 4.15pm Presentations

 

amalfi resort Support busselton 6 Hour

Amalfi Resort, one of Busselton’s best accomodation providers has joined with the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series to be an event sponsor of the 2023 Busselton 6 Hour.

The 4 star Resort, offering self-contained accommodation, is conveniently located in West Busselton just off the Bussell Highway in Earnshaw Road.

The resort is offering a 15% discount for all participants and families taking part in Round 5 of the Series, whcih also doubles as the 3rd and final round of the Epiroc WA Pedal Prix Series.

Amalfi Resort can be contacted on 1800 954 812 or email stay@amalfiresort.com.au