racing again!

Aurora Racing’s Aurora, winner of Round 1 of the 2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series.

Round 1 of the 2021 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series (AHPVSS), held at the McNamara Park motorcycle racing circuit in Mt Gambier saw 78 teams take the track with a great sense of enthusiasm and excitement after a 12 month COVID enforced absence.

“What a great sight to see all these Human Powered Vehicle’s in full flight again, and all the teams throwing themselves into the action again” enthused the Series Chairman Andrew McLachlan.

McNamara Park again proved the ideal venue to start the season as teams from the wider Victoria and South Australia flocked to the site for scrutineering on Friday, and the race Saturday.

After a grueling 8 hours, Aurora Racing’s Aurora crossed the line in first outright followed by Wattle Racing’s Gunyah and Peninsula Human Power’s Disco Volante rounding out the podium. In the women’s Open category, Relentless Racing’s She’s Relentless was first followed by Reload Racing’s Frankie and Wattle Racing’s She’s The Man in 3rd.

Thanks to The City of Mount Gambier, The Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club, and the businesses and people of Mount Gambier for their support and making us feel welcome.

Outright Category Podiums:

S1: 1st #31 Holy Trinity Lutheran College Thunder, 2nd #11 Holy Trinity Lutheran College Hurricane, 3rd #75 Good Shepherd College Time Warp 2
S2: 1st #3 Pembroke School Radar, 2nd #9 Pembroke School The Devil, 3rd #74 Kingston Community School Larry
S3: 1st #16 Pembroke Phoenix, 2nd #33 Holy Trinity Lutheran College Firestorm, 3rd #53 Concordia College Veloci
C4: 1st #23 Horsham West & Haven Primary School Visper, 2nd #34 Pipsqueak Racing Pipsqueak, 3rd #14 Pipsqueak Racing Sassy
C5: 1st #42 Bruce Racing Bruce Junior, 2nd #46 EDEC HPV Team Captain Cabeman, 3rd #161 CAOS Racing Big Dog
C6: 1st #28 Team Relentless Cramp Fix, 2nd #12 GTrikes Racing MatrixPro J, 3rd #218 Peninsula Human Power Kids Krew
C7: 1st #52 Aurora Racing Aurora, 2nd #1 Wattle Racing Gunyah, 3rd #216 Peninsula Human Power Disco Volante

For all the results go to UniSA AHPVSS Results

 

“pedal prix” ready to race again

 

Competitors are getting set to line up on the grid for the UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series (AHPVSS), or Pedal Prix as it is colloquially known, which kicks off later this month in Mount Gambier, South Australia.

This year’s Series also includes races at Tailem Bend for the first time, in addition to the well-known circuits of Adelaide and Murray Bridge in South Australia, and Busselton in Western Australia.

A strong field of 80 teams will travel to Mount Gambier, in the South-East of South Australia, for Round 1 on March 27.

Now in its 36th year the first pedal prix race was held in 1985 with less than a dozen teams – and the popularity of the event has continued to grow.

After the Series was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, organisers and competitors are keen to get back on the track in 2021.

Series Chairman Andrew McLachlan says race organisers were excited to be organising the UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series for 2021.

“After a year in which COVID-19 restrictions led to the cancellation of all races, the prospect of a return to operations, albeit modified, is a welcome outcome,’’ Mr McLachlan says.

“To be doing so in partnership again with the University of South Australia is particularly pleasing.

The University of South Australia is once again sponsoring the six race Series, which it has supported for the past 12 years.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd wishes all competitors well for the 2021 series.

“This exciting race series is designed to develop competitors’ teamwork, enterprise, technological and engineering skills, as well as fitness and health,’’ Prof Lloyd says.

“It also highlights the value of research and innovation and the development of sustainable communities.

“I wish all competitors the very best of luck for the series – and above all hope everyone learns a lot and has fun.’’

Mr McLachlan says enthusiasm about the event was as strong as ever with healthy numbers registered for all rounds.

“Having said that, we will be taking things race by race, as we still live in a COVID world, and careful attendance to health and safety guidelines and regulations remains paramount.”

The full calendar for the 2021 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series is:

2021 series information released

Details of the 2021 UniSA Ausralian HPV Super Series have been released are now available online and is a must for Team Managers, Competitors and Fans alike.

The expansive document covers all aspects of the Series. Race duration, start times, track length, are all outlined as well as information on Categories, Awards and Points Scoring.

The document can be found by clicking here or on the Manager Info link on the homepage of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series and following the link under .

2021 Entries Open 17 February

Mount Gambier’s spectacular McNamara Park will again host Round 1 of the 2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series

Entry registration for the 2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series will open on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

After a fraught year in 2020, where COVID-19 prevented all rounds of the Series from being held, a sustained period of low case levels and prompt outbreak response where needed has offered a more confident lead in to the new year.

“We are hopeful of brighter times ahead for this year’s events,” stated Series Chairman Andrew McLachlan. “The past 12 months has been very challenging for all involved in our sport, but now see a return to racing just around the corner,” he added.

In a major shift from previous year’s, while entrants will still register on line for all their chosen events in 2021, they will now be issued with invoices on a round by round basis, 3-4 weeks prior to each race weekend. The new process will ensure greater consistency between event certainty and entry payment.

McLachlan highlighted the benefit by saying; “While the new process will require some additional administration on our part and that of the teams, we hope it will provide a more rigorous financial model appropriate for our new COVID world. Put simply, teams will only pay round by round as each event becomes more certain of proceeding.”

Event entry will be available on the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series website homepage (ahpvss.com) by clicking on the “Enter Races Now” button located on the top right hand corner of the page.

Invoices for Round 1 in Mt Gambier will be forwarded shortly with payment due by Friday 19 March, one week prior to the event.

2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar

Round Date Location Venue
1 27/03/2021 Mount Gambier McNamara Park
2 23/05/2021 Tailem Bend The Bend Motorsport Park
3 20/06/2021 Adelaide Victoria Park
4 31/07/2021 Tailem Bend The Bend Motorsport Park
5 15/08/2021 Busselton Jetty Foreshore
6 12/09/2021 Murray Bridge Sturt Reserve

unisa australian hpv super series welcomes lyndall pratt to the board

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Lyndall Pratt to the Board of AIPP Inc. 

Ms Pratt brings with her many years of experience in managing Human Powered Vehicle teams at Seymour College, where she has been Team Manager since 2000. 

“We are delighted to welcome Lyndall to the Board,” said Chairman Andrew McLachlan. “She brings with her substantial experience and knowledge of racing in the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, and coupled with her ‘girls in sport’ perspective, is a welcome and valuable addition to the organisation. We are looking forward to having her join us.” 

Ms Pratt shared her enthusiasm about the new role, and her thoughts on her time at Seymour College, where she now comes to the end of her work. “I’m really looking forward to contributing to the sport of HPV racing in this new and different role for me. I have had a wonderful time managing and supporting the development and growth of the sport within Seymour College and am now delighted to be able to take up this position and maintain my involvement in the sport.” 

Ms Pratt began her involvement as a newly appointed Physical Education teacher at the school. “The team had been run by parents in its first few years at Seymour. It was suggested, I may wish to take on the role of Team Manager. Of course, I knew nothing about the sport, and back then it was quite different to how it is now. All sorts of vehicles would run, even the tandem side by sides and back to backs! At first it was all a bit of fun and a bit funny but the trikes kept improving, the riders became more confident and fitter, and now they just fly!” 

One of the Seymour College HPVs in action at Adelaide’s Victoria Park in 2019

In the early days, Seymour used to build its own cars. Now they’re bought ready made. The focus for the riders is on getting fit and confident in being able to ride well for extended periods of time. The maintenance and preparation of vehicles is largely done by fathers at the school. Ms Pratt sees this as a real positive. “This is something that is quite unique to our sport in that it is a special opportunity for fathers and daughters to work together, and seeing those bonds grow has been very satisfying and rewarding. The sport is so valuable for notion of school community, which then has positive flow on effects more widely.” 

Building rider confidence was an important part of training. “We used to do rollover practice – providing the opportunity for riders to experience the feeling of a trike rolling. We had some grass embankments where riders would be strapped in and then simply by leaning over the vehicles would roll over down the slope. “We even had the soccer girls come over after their training to ask for a turn!” Largely though, track time, undertaken at Victoria Park, was key. “It was a wonderful way to get the girls used to the handling of the vehicles, the mechanisms for control, and of course fitness,” added Ms Pratt. 

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the board which enables me to continue my involvement in the sport for which I have a passion. After two decades at the school it will be a different perspective, but I hope my background in girls sport, particularly for the younger ones, along with many years’ involvement will add to the sport.”

The 2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is provisionally scheduled to get the green light at Mt Gambier on 27 March.

2021 unisa australian hpv super series provisional calendar

Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. is pleased to announce the Provisional Calendar for the 2021 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series.

The six round series will again encompass events in South Australia and Western Australia, but the focus is now one of consolidation and risk management. With no races able to be held in 2020 due to Coronavirus, greater consideration of spatial control, social distancing and COVID management has been at the forefront of organisers minds in designing the Series.

As a result, the 2021 calendar sees a significant change with the introduction of a new venue, South Australia’s The Bend Motorsport Park, scheduled to be utilised twice during the season.

Adelaide’s Victoria Park, which has in recent years held two rounds of the series, will now host the June event only. Additionally, the Riverland town of Loxton, which was positioning to establish a new agreement to host a round, has been dropped from the 2021 Calendar.

Busselton will again host a round in August, Western Australia’s event capital providing a stable base for the state’s primary HPV event.

The season is scheduled to get the green light again at Mt Gambier. The Series’ first round there will utilise McNamara Park, on the outskirts of the City, on 27 March 2021.

Chairman Andrew McLachlan shared the Board’s thoughts and considerations behind the provisional schedule:

“2020 has been a year like no other. It has created challenges and stresses across the globe, and continues to do so. The Board of AIPP Inc. takes this opportunity to extend it’s thoughts and sympathies to all those so deeply affected through loss and trauma experienced during 2020. For the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, it stopped us in our tracks. Just as we were preparing to launch the season, the threat of the virus was upon us, and try as we did, it never became manageable and safe enough to conduct our events. In the interests of our community, it was critical we adhered to government advise and guidelines. We must thank all our competitors, teams and families for their patience and perseverance this year. It has not been easy.

So as we worked towards 2021, certain things became clear. We cannot expect our world to return to the old normal, COVID-19, or at least the threat of it, will be with us for some time to come, and changes have to be made in response. Key to these changes is spatial density management – how people locate together, and the duration for which they do so. To this point, the new circuit on our provisional calendar, The Bend Motorsport Park, offers great opportunity with many controllable and varied designated areas, not to mention it is a brand new facility incorporating a brilliantly smooth and safe track with numerous circuit layout options. As such it is planned to be utilised on two separate occasions next year.

Unfortunately we will lose Loxton, at least for next year, whose Council and community have been incredibly supportive over the last six years. Adelaide will provide further challenges in planning and resourcing but may also offer some new opportunities. Similarly, the jewel in the crown, the Sturt Reserve circuit at Murray Bridge will need some strategic thinking applied before the final format is confirmed.

The format of all rounds is likely to see some significant changes and will be released progressively. As a first step, the unveiling of this provisional calendar, is a major milestone in the return to the track and will provide the catalyst for finalising details for next year. In summary, our sport continues to see strong demand. We look forward with positive anticipation to season 2021 and the new and exciting developments it will bring.”

2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar

new venue may provide vital solution

Members of the AIPP Inc. Board accompanied by a dozen or so team representatives visited The Bend Motorsport Park yesterday to consider the venue for its potential to host a round of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series.

The Tailem Bend based circuit is a purpose built motor racing facility and has since shown its versatility in hosting additional sports such as cycling and duathlon.

The visit was hosted by General Manager of the venue, Mark Warren who provided a guided tour of the many areas and attributes available.

Of substantial interest was the venue’s capability to host events in constrained conditions. “How long COVID restrictions remain in place is unknown, so it is important that future HPV racing events are designed with this in mind. The Bend offers a good opportunity in this sense. Clearly designated and delineated pit spaces, pit lane and team parking are an excellent start” commented AIPP Inc Chairman Andrew McLachlan.

The group was shown track layout options, the pit complex from pitwall to rear of garage, circuit control room, and viewing areas including the rooftop deck.

Additionally, the 2016 completed complex has food and beveridge service, hotel accommodation, and a motoring museum.

The Board met last night to discuss and further consider the venue and preparations for the 2021 season, and has scheduled a planning day for 8 October 2020 with a view to working through final details.

“Next year’s calendar is starting to take shape, and we are aiming to produce a robust series of events which can function in the current COVID environment. The next few weeks will start to see what the 2021 season will look like. We can now focus our attention on getting HPV’s back on the track” stated McLachlan.

2020 unisa australian hpv super series cancelled

Thousands of competitors and their supporters line the grid for the start of the 2019 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix, a round of the UniSA AHPVSS

The 2020 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series has been cancelled as a result of the impact and limitations imposed by COVID-19.

To date, the first three rounds of the Series in Mount Gambier, Loxton and Adelaide, have been cancelled, and subsequently so too was the Busselton event. The Board had sought to implement two modified events in August and September, however the ongoing challenges and circumstances due to COVID-19 have resulted in the Board making the decision to cancel the remainder of the Series for 2020.

“To say we are disappointed is an understatement,” summarised Chairman Andrew McLachlan. “We have worked vigorously to find ways to safely and responsibly hold events in a very difficult time. The Board has come to this decision with a heavy heart, but it is the right decision, a responsible decision. The safety of competitors, teams and our community remains paramount.” he concluded.

While South Australia has positioned itself well in terms of controlling the threat, recent events in Victoria have shown just how virulent the threat still is. Mass gatherings remain a substantial concern.

Over the course of the past four and a half months, the organisation has, while working within guidelines and restrictions, endeavoured to bring rounds of the UniSA AHPVSS to fruition. Given the nature of the Series’ events, they fall into the “very high risk” category and as such require a COVID-19 Management Plan. This plan has yet to be produced by the state government, resulting in ongoing uncertainty and ever reducing time.

As a backdrop to these circumstances, of great importance to the Board was the desire to provide entrant refunds where possible. This further impacted upon the ability to host events, as fixed event costs were becoming a greater proportion of running costs limiting viability and therefore the organisation’s refund capacity. This has been compounded by the continuing closure of Victorian borders likely to result in lower entrant numbers.

“2020 will go down as an extraordinary time. I lament the disappointment endured across our entire community in not being able to enjoy and benefit from actively participating in our wonderful sport this year. It is however timely to remind ourselves of the difficulty and challenges far greater than ours many around the world are suffering right now,” stated McLachlan. “Our resolve, energies and commitment will now turn to making the 2021 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series very special.”

racing set to resume

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, the world’s largest HPV racing series, is set to resume in 2020.

Unfortunately, Round 5, the Busselton 6hr originally scheduled for the weekend of 15/16 August has been cancelled. However, Round 4, the Adelaide 6hr, to be held at Victoria Park, has now been slated to move to that vacated weekend.

“The Board of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is sees an opportunity to potentially resume competition in 2020,” confirmed Chairman Andrew McLachlan. “We have tried constantly over the course of the year to look at ways of running our Series. It has been exceedingly difficult to confirm anything in the limited and ever changing environment. However, with the most recent easing of restrictions, and after consultation with government authorities, the opportunity to take to the track may be able to be confirmed, subject to final approvals.”

The news provides hope there can be two rounds held this year, with the Australian International Pedal Prix, an event attracting tens of thousands over the three day weekend in September, currently under consideration.

“While we are disappointed to have cancelled races to date, and it is a great shame to lose Busselton for 2020, our priority has always been the safety of our community. These new arrangements allow us to get back on the track and look after the health and wellbeing of our competitors, families, and supporters” said McLachlan.

More information will be provided over coming days as details become available. It is expected there will be some new guidelines and modifications to the way the event will be conducted, however it is hoped the racing format can be similar to 2019.

the le mans start

Team Managers run across the track to assist riders, suited and standing next to vehicles, into their seats for the start of Round 1 of the 2005 Australian HPV Super Series at Adelaide’s Victoria Park.

When HPV racing included a Le Mans style start!

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. For many years, when the start flag dropped, drivers had to run across the track to their cars which were parked on the other side, climb in, start the car, and drive away to begin the race.

Norwood Morialta riders Mathew Mackenzie (left) and Benjamin O’Connell (right) ready for the start of the 2006 event.

The Le Mans style start was incorporated into Round 1 of the AHPVSS  for two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006. Riders stood beside their car as Team Managers ran across the track to assist and secure them into their seats.

Vehicles were lined up in numerical order Category 4 [Open] along to Category 1 [Primary].

In those days Round 1 was two 3 hour races separated by a 1/2 hour break.

2005 was also the first year for single seat HPVs only, no hybrids nor commuters.

In readiness for the Le Mans style start of the 2005 AHPVSS season.

Despite producing quite the spectacle and adding an extra element of excitement, Rob Spurling, current Chief Scutineer, reflects on the demise of the concept; “I suspect that Gerry Geue was instrumental in this change. She had expressed concern about this style of start from a safety perspective while we were organizing the R1 and R2 Event Handbooks at the start of the year. She was Race Director for Murray Bridge in 2005 and then appointed as Event Administrator from 1 January 2006 and continued as Race Director for all Events.”

So in the end, the AHPVSS’ association with the great race was enthralling, but ultimately short lived.