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.

round 4 still undecided

The Board of AIPP Inc. met last night, Tuesday, to consider the option of proceeding with a modified format for Rnd 4 of the 2020 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series but has postponed making a decision pending the outcome of future easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Various proposals for a highly modified version of the event, currently scheduled for 25-26 July at Adelaide’s Victoria Park, were discussed and considered possibilities should restrictions be eased further in the near future.

“As of 1 June, significant changes have come into effect regarding social gathering which offer a degree of optimism as we look to the 2nd half of the 2020 season. The government has identified 25 June as another date for more changes to come into effect and has flagged these changes may impact on organised sport.” noted AIPP Inc. Chairman, Andrew McLachlan. “As a result, we have delayed making a decision regarding the 25-26 July event, and we will re-convene after further easing of restrictions.”

In the interim however, the Board has agreed to investigate organised training at Victoria Park for 20-21 June providing it can be confident of meeting COVID-19 restrictions.

“We are getting closer to getting back to our sport, and for our riders and teams to take the track again, even if it is a modified format” said McLachlan of the welcome development. “We will be seeking expressions of interest for the 20-21 June training dates, with indicative numbers helping to assess the viability and format.”

Details of the training weekend concept will be communicated to all South Australian based teams (as the state’s borders remain closed) seeking expressions of interest. These numbers will assist in final design of the activity.

restrictions remain limiting

Relaxed guidelines continue to restrict UniSA Australian HPV Super Series.

This week’s implementation of the South Australian Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions does not yet provide sufficient relaxation of guidelines to enable the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series to proceed.

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is a season long set of events attracting gatherings of several thousand competitors, support staff and spectators.

Three rounds of the 2020 Series have so far been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The next scheduled event is Round 4 at Victoria Park on 25-26 July.

“The opportunity to proceed with events in a safe and manageable manner is under constant review” said Chairman Andrew McLachlan.

As of the beginning of this week, the new and revised updated roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions by the government took effect.

Initially, this provides for gatherings of up to 10 people, with a maintained density of 1 person per 4 square metres, and maintenance of 1.5m social distancing. New freedoms, such as for example around regional travel, auctions and funerals, whilst staying within these guidelines, are permitted.

It also provides for gatherings of up to 10 people for outdoor sport training. Currently all scheduled sanctioned training days at Victoria Park are cancelled through to 30 June, however the capacity to undertake organised practice in the future is currently being considered.

Further easing from 8 June provides, amongst other things, “Sport transition to competition without spectators, …” with group gatherings to a maximum of 20 people, whilst still maintaining social distancing and density rules.

“Given the nature, size and scale of our events, there is nothing within these current modified restrictions which would allow for any Rounds to proceed, but we look forward to seeing further details from the government” said McLachlan.

Future steps have been outlined for consideration, including larger gatherings, and state border restrictions. However McLachlan noted the limitations “As no dates or further details have been provided at this stage, it is difficult to plan beyond the current scenario.”

The Board of the organising body, AIPP Inc., is constantly reviewing and considering government guidelines with a view to returning to safe and manageable HPV events at the earliest possible opportunity, and will advise competitors, supporters and the community further as developments unfold.

adelaide round 3 cancelled

Adelaide’s Round 3 of the UniSA AHPVSS wont be on track at Victoria Park this June as COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit gatherings.

The Victoria Park, Adelaide Round 3 of the 2020 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, scheduled for 13-14 June, has been cancelled.

The Board of Australian International Pedal Prix Incorporated deliberated the decision on the evening of 30 April 2020 in a virtual meeting. After lengthy consideration, and despite positive indications from the government regarding COVID-19 trends, significant restrictions on public gatherings are likely to remain in place for some time.

Series Chairman, Andrew McLachlan, summarised the outcome, “Again, the number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our competitors, supporters and community. We must predicate our decisions on the guidance and direction provided by government, and with just 6 weeks until our next scheduled round, it is clear the short term future does not provide us with the certainty required to prepare for a mid June event.”

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is comprised of six rounds. Following the cancellation of Round 1 in Mt Gambier and Round 2 at Loxton, the demise of Adelaide’s Round 3 in mid June means half the 2020 Series has been abandoned. McLachlan however points out the second half of the season may be different, and consideration is being given to safe alternative formats should that be able to act as a catalyst to getting trikes on track.

“Indications from the government show our country has potentially turned the corner when it comes to managing the spread of COVID – 19. As such, there is the possibility of progressive relaxations of public gathering rules which may provide opportunities in the second half of 2020. The Board will continue to meet on line every two weeks and consider options” he added.

a history of barking beauty’s

By Debs Buchmann, Team Manager, Barking Beauty’s, Mount Barker High School

A seed was sown in 2018 when we had interest from three year 8 boys to join our Pedal Prix Teams.  We had 2 full teams already so the three extra riders would have made our junior team too big for the 6 hour races at Victoria Park.  The Senior Team Barking Mad (who won every race in 2018 in their category and were season champions) had sisters in year 8 and 9 who had been involved in supporting their brothers at every race for the past 4 years.  We asked the 3 girls (one my daughter) to join the boys to make a team for the 2 Victoria Park races using the very old corflute trike.   

They enjoyed it so much that they asked me if we could have a girls’ team for 2019.  One of the Senior Teams dad Pete Askew, found out that Paul Clarke, Team Manager/owner for “Wild One”, was selling his trike at the end of the 2018 season along with the trailer.  I forwarded the information to the Principal and suggested “girls team”, can I investigate.  To which he replied “Yes”.  After investigating, I then had to convince the Principal that it would be a good investment and that we should be promoting women/girls in sport, especially as there aren’t that many female pedal prix teams.  As my daughter was very keen, so I made a personal promise that I would raise $6000 in sponsorship and knowing he would have our family support and involvement for another 9 years, he agreed (my youngest son is now in a junior community team and will be part of the schools teams when he gets to high school in 2022).  I approached sponsors with the “women in sport” angle and was lucky to get the funds I had promised.    

Our Principal Mr Warren Symonds, has been a great supporter of the Pedal Prix since my eldest son Saxon Buchmann and his friend Harry Askew approached him in 2014, when they were in Year 8 and asked if the school had a trike (they had raced in primary school).  There was an old trike and they were given approval for their parents to take, repair it and race it.  From there we have grown to 3 teams this year, and 2 affiliated community teams – one in C7 (so the parents and old scholars from Barking Mad can race), and a C4 for our feeder team.  

Once the season was finished Paul serviced, repaired and resprayed the trike ready for our 2019 season.  We just had to add a few finishing touches to it and get a team together!   

By the end of the season 2018 I had 4 definite team members and just had to get some more.  I put into place my Recruitment Drive with “GIRL POWER” signs at the school, had the trike on display at the school’s Sports Day and open night with pedal prix video footage and photographs to get some interest.  Working at the primary school I also knew a few girls that were sporty and might be interested who had just started high school.  It was cutting it fine but we pulled together our team for Mount Gambier.   

Our team for the 2019 season was Lottie Buchmann, Brooky Correll, Katelyn Gatenby, Abbs Taylor, Maddy Nagle, Charlie Cooke, Tia Herberte and Naomi Baird.   

The team have shown continued growth over the season, with every rider improving in different aspects; striving to get fastest lap, increasing lap times and lap number, gaining confidence, working together and forming a strong team bond.  The girls being in different years at school, wouldn’t normally have formed friendships if not involved, now they are close friends who can turn to each other for help and support outside of Pedal Prix.    

They finished the season in the overall Series standings in 3rd place in their S2F – All female category.   This is a fantastic achievement for the team’s first year and their continued passion and enthusiasm will ensure the team will continue to improve.   

A few of the dads took on the repairs, maintenance and makeover of the trike last year.  During the off-season Dave Nagle was eager for a project to work on and as he showed such interest, I happily handed over the trike to him.  My only guideline was to keep the purple as close to the girl’s team shirts as possible, other than that, I said he could do whatever he wanted, as long as it was ready for our first race.    

I have to say as a team manager I am very lucky to have such a fantastic group of girls.  They are all lovely, caring, friendly, well mannered and show great sportsmanship.  As a bonus their families are dedicated to supporting their children and make my job a lot easier.    

All our teams are coached, managed and supported by a dedicated group of parents, grandparents, siblings with the support of the school.  This makes it a great “family” and community environment not only for the students to make new friends but also the parents.  We all feel part of the team.  I personally have made some lifelong friends through my involvement.    

Our girls were pretty determined to win a race in 2020.  We are hopeful that we will get a race in this year, and I am encouraging the team to stay fit during this time.   

However, if we don’t get that opportunity, we will be ready for 2021!