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Thankyou bruce Dodd

Retiring Board member of Australian International Pedal Prix Inc., Bruce Dodd, has left a legacy of generosity and a contribution beyond what the eye might see.

Bruce announced his retirement at the end of 2022 after joining the Board in 2008, a 14 year commitment to building the sport and events to ever improving standards.

After an involvement with Aberfoyle Hub teams, he turned his passion for pedal prix to assisting the growth and development of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, where he took on responsibility for facilities management at events. On site he dealt with many issues and kept the smooth operation running, providing valuable behind the scenes management.

“Bruce made a significant impact on me at AIPP Inc.” said CEO Marcus Lacey. “His cheerful friendly attitude and unwavering positive approach, combined with his extensive experience and knowledge of Pedal Prix really made a difference, both at Board level and at event operations. He will be missed. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the many years of voluntary contribution and positive impact he made.”

He had an excellent rapport with teams, and fellow volunteers, his good natured and often humorous approach enhancing his “nothing is too difficult” approach. He was always willing to pitch in and do the hard yards. Bruce always had the needs of facilities, teams and the organisers at the front of his mind – promptly addressing issues and getting things done.

With so many years of involvement, Bruce had a great understanding of the sport, particularly around circuit design, facility layout and safety. Over the years, his inclusive approach in dealing with fellow volunteers and staff contributed significantly to the development of cohesive and well functioning event management teams.

Bruce is looking forward to spending more time with his family, and will always be a close ally of our community.

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Schools to return to The bridge

Round 3 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series will be key for Junior School teams in 2023

Junior School teams, Category S1, will again have the opportunity to participate in the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge in 2023.

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.

It has been unable to be held since 2019 due to Covid, and with its return in 2022, did not include Junior School teams. This decision was made in the interests of safety on the basis that none of the Junior School competitors would have ever raced there before, 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 has been resolved that Junior School teams can return to the event, with certain criteria. In the interests of safety, provision will be made for up to 10 vehicles in the Junior School category to enter. The 10 teams will be decided by the entrants’ 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.

Those standings will be determined by the combined total of points scored from two rounds, those rounds being Round 3 at Adelaide, plus the highest point scoring round from any other round having been entered at that time. The criteria emphasises the value of the round three event at Victoria Park, and the flexibility open to teams by being able to add any other round to the point score tally.

Series CEO Marcus Lacey elaborated just how significant the development is. “The return to Murray Bridge for Junior School teams is long overdue. By the time they get there for the 2023 event, 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. The criteria will maintain the high level of safe running achieved in 2022.”

“This is s a significant and exciting opportunity for all junior school teams to put their best pedal forward and secure their place on the grid for the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge in 2023,” he said.

2023 provisional Calendar announced

 

 

AIPP Inc. is pleased to announce the 2023 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar.

Following last week’s release of Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park as host of Round 1 of the Series on Saturday 1 April, the following six round Series provisional dates and venues can now be announced.

 

Round 1               1 April                    McNamara Park                               Mount Gambier, SA

Round 2               20 May                  The Bend Motorsport Park             Tailem Bend, SA

Round 3               17 June                  Victoria Park                                    Adelaide, SA

Round 4               5 August               The Bend Motorsport Park            Tailem Bend, SA

Round 5               20 August             Geographe Bay                                 Busselton, WA

Round 6               16 September      Sturt Reserve                                    Murray Bridge, SA

 

In what is becoming somewhat of a tradition, South Australia’s second largest city will be the first destination for Pedal Prix teams and supporters in 2023. Ideally positioned halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, the location offers excellent accessibility for the thousands of competitors spread across the two southern states and provides the perfect start to the season.

In 2023, The Bend Motorsport Park will host two rounds of the Series. Considered to be one of the fastest, yet safest tracks on the calendar, the smooth and wide international motor racing facility has a special character and atmosphere all of its own. With magnificent hotel accommodation above the pits, first-class in-house dining, and spectacular viewing areas along the top of the pit straight complex, it is unique in the Series.

Adelaide’s Victoria Park will be back with a big mid-season weekend once again. What will change the nature of the 2023 event is the absence of the COVID testing station and the resurfacing of the pit straight as a result of the recent re-introduction of the Adelaide 500 Supercar event. These factors could make the Victoria Park race a whole new ball game.

The beautiful coastline of Western Australia will again provide the stunning backdrop to Round 5 of the Series at the state’s Event Capital, Busselton. Racing along the Geographe Bay foreshore is a prime location for challenging and technical racing, while sampling one of the best regions to visit in Australia.

Murray Bridge will once again provide the climactic season finale with the magnificent 24hr event spanning the weekend, a hugely exciting challenge for all participants. The slightly earlier date of 16 September, being the first weekend of Victorian school holidays, will provide greater opportunity for Victorian school teams to participate, while still avoiding a clash with the Adelaide Royal Show which ends the weekend prior on 10 September. Additionally, the date sits nicely as the weekend prior to the Murray Bridge Show and does not clash with the AFL Grand Final, expected to be 30 September.

Details regarding the format for each round are being further developed and will be announced as they come to hand. The provisional calendar is subject to change.

 

Mount Gambier to Open 2023 Season

Mount Gambier’s picturesque and enticing McNamara Park Raceway

In exactly four months to the day, the southern City of Mount Gambier will host Round 1 of the 2023 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series as the opening event of the year on Saturday 1 April.

In what is becoming somewhat of a tradition, South Australia’s second largest city will be the first destination for Pedal Prix teams and supporters in 2023.

“It is a tremendous outcome to once again make our way to Mount Gambier for the opening Round of the 2023 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series,” said CEO Marcus Lacey. “Thanks to the ongoing support of City of Mount Gambier, we will again be able to offer the opportunity for our teams and supporters to come to this wonderful part of Australia and experience great racing at McNamara Park Raceway and see the many local attractions.”

Ideally positioned halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, the location offers excellent accessibility for the thousands of competitors spread across the two southern states, and provides the perfect start to the season.

The race will be held at the unique McNamara Park Raceway on the fringe of the city. Better known as Mac Park, it holds the distinction of being the only club owned national standard racetrack in Australia (and quite possibly the world) and is steeped in a rich history dating back over 100 years.

The sealed road race circuit is 2.4 km long. It is a mix of technically demanding slow and fast turns over undulating terrain. The track runs in a clockwise direction with 12 turns ranging from the sharp hairpin at turn 1 to the fast and sweeping turns 7 and 8.

Over the last decade, circuit owners Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club, have spent more than $1.5 million on improvements to McNamara Park Raceway. The track has been completely resurfaced and widened to 10m, with a width of 12m along the start/finish straight. Club President, Alex Trnovsky expressed the club’s excitement to see the teams back again. “We are delighted to welcome Pedal Prix to our circuit as the season opener again in 2023. The sport is unique and challenging. It brings something special. We are thrilled to be part of it and can’t wait to see everyone here again next year.”

Mount Gambier itself is a thriving progressive community, with many attractions and wide range of accommodation, shopping and entertainment surrounded by volcanic craters, lakes, caves, limestone and underground aquifers. It offers a multitude of attractions including  Blue Lake/Warwar, craters, caves, sinkholes, underground waterways, beautiful gardens, combined with wineries, markets, galleries, festivals and events, and fresh local produce and food.

Scrutineering of vehicles will be held at the historic Railway Lands in the heart of the city on Friday 31 March, before the race gets underway on Saturday.

The full Provisional Calendar for the 2023 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is expected to be released shortly.

Date: Friday 31 March 2023 Scrutineering, and Saturday 1 April 2023 Race

Venue: Railway Lands, Railway Tce, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 and McNamara Park Raceway, McNamara Park Rd, Mount Gambier, SA 5290

 

 

It’s been Three Long Years

The jewel in the crown, the pinnacle of HPV racing, the toughest race of them all, the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix, returns to Murray Bridge this weekend.

After a COVID enforced three year absence, Human Powered Vehicle racing, or Pedal Prix, as it is more fondly known, is in the final stages of ramping up to take to the brilliant riverside venue of Sturt Reserve.

More than 150 racing trikes will compete at the transformed and tranquil setting by the water to test man and machine over a grueling 24hours, in what is a true test of endurance. Starting at 12 noon Saturday, and concluding under the chequered flag the same time Sunday, teams of up to 15 riders will persist and prolong, stopping briefly only for rider changes, to ensure the highest placing possible.

“Just to be back racing this year has been a major achievement in itself after a tough time through COVID, so to get to the end of the season and be back here for this very special event is tremendous,” said Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Murray Bridge is a great place to come and race, we must thank the Rural City of Murray Bridge for their support and the people of the region for their welcoming attitude.”

This will be the 36th running of the event, which is the sixth and final round of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series. Teams will race for category honours, as well as outright, with both school based outfits and open racers taking to the track.

In the senior school category, watch out for Pembroke, Murray Bridge High School and Saint Peters to battle at the front, and in the Open Category, Aurora, Wattle Racing and Platt Racing will all be vying for the win.

Some 10,000 people are expected to attend over the three day carnival, with first on track action being practice scheduled for Friday evening. Entry into the venue is $15 per head and $15 per vehicle with full camping facilities available.

Event: 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix

Date: 24/25 September 2022

Time: 12 noon Saturday to 12 noon Sunday

Venue: Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge

Weekend Attendance: 10,000

Entry: $15.00

back to busso!

 

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series returns to the picturesque Western Australian City of Busselton for Round 5 of the 2022 Series this Sunday, 21 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 2022 Epiroc WA Pedal Prix Series.

It’s been some three years since the Series has visited Western Australia and now with the lifting of COVID restrictions, racing can resume on this ideal oceanside circuit.  

Thanks to the support of the City of Busselton, a solid contingent of vehicles will take part with entries coming from local schools, the Perth metropolitan district and South Australia.

“It’s tremendous to be able to race again after a significantly difficult few years due to COVID,” stated Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Coming back to Busselton is a real highlight of the calendar.  We hope to see as many local and Perth based teams take to the track as possible.”

“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.

Situated on the beautiful Geographe Bay, and often referred to as the events capital of Western Australia, Busselton is well known for its 1.8-kilometre-long, wooden-piled jetty which has survived a cyclone, storm and fire to retain its status as the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere.

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

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series also thanks Trade Hire, CB Traffic Solutions, Sound Pro and Juice Print for their support.

 

Race Day Schedule – Sunday 21 August  

7.00am Venue open for team access  

8.30am Marshals Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

8.50am Team Manager Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

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 

 

 

 

 

 

Thunder Shakes Junior School Series

 

Brighton Primary School’s Thunder has taken out the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series in the S1 (Junior School) division after claiming victory at Round 4.

With a one lap win at The Bend 8 Hour on Saturday, the coastal team finished the Series with maximum points, a perfect score of 300 points from the two eligible rounds.

To be eligible for Series Awards, Junior School teams must compete in 2 short duration (6 or 8 hour) Series rounds, including Adelaide Round 3. Scores from the Adelaide Round 3, are then combined with the best other short duration round to determine the Series result. The vehicle finishing first in the category in the Series race receives 150 points. Second place 1 less point than first place and so on in a diminishing scale.

Brighton Primary School Thunder finished third in their first outing this year, The Bend 6 Hour, then followed this up with a first place finish at Adelaide’s Round 3 and another first on Saturday.

Team Manager, Lucas Lane expressed the team’s delight with the result. “We are incredibly proud of our result this year. It has not been an easy season, and we have needed to work incredibly hard as a team to overcome the challenge that was set early by teams like Murray Bridge, Unity, and especially Crafers Primary School.

Whilst our students were celebrating in pit lane, a number of Crafers team members, clad in their distinctive red jumpers and led by their coordinator, came over to speak to them. I was absolutely amazed by the sportsmanship that I saw in this moment. To have the kids from their school come to congratulate us on the win, shake the children’s hands, and tell them that it was a good contest, was an enormous gesture from the students at Crafers. It meant a lot to us at Brighton that there was such respect within the rivalry that we had developed through the year and was a phenomenal teaching moment for our kids.

We now look to next year, where I hope that we can continue to grow as a team, possibly get our hands on a fourth bike, and aim to occupy more podium positions by season’s end.”

Second place in the Series was taken out by Murray Bridge North School’s The Beast on 298 with a second place at Adelaide and another second in Round 1 at The Bend 6 Hour. Third was Crafers Primary School Comet, on the same point score of 298, but placing behind The Beast at the crucial Adelaide event.

Series CEO Marcus Lacey congratulated the southern suburbs Primary School team. “Brighton Primary School and it’s Pedal Prix team are to be commended on the sterling effort and commitment to the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series in taking out the 2022 Junior School category. It requires teamwork, dedication and significant support to even compete in our challenging endurance events. Clearly the students, staff, school and community have all combined to produce an excellent result. Congratulations.”

In 2022 the Series format for Primary Schools, does not include the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge. This decision was taken by organisers in the interests of safety. There will have been no S1 riders who have ever competed at Murray Bridge before, and the average age of S1 riders has been reduced as Year 7 students have moved into secondary education facilities. These factors, combined with the challenging nature of the Sturt Reserve venue and race, where half will be run at night, have contributed to the move. This will be reviewed again for 2023.

Series points Up For Grabs at The bend 8 Hour

A huge field of 186 entrants are set to take to the brilliant Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday for Round 4 of the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series.

The race will be the biggest so far this season and will bring together teams from across South Australia and Victoria to battle for outright and category honours, as well as valuable Series points.

In the Open (C7) category, Aurora will again be the team to beat, with Gunyah and Platt Racing snapping at their heels. Aurora lead the Series on 449 points with Gunyah just one point behind on 448, followed by Platt Racing on 443. The vehicle finishing first in their category in a Series race receives 150 points. Second place in category gets 1 less point than first place and so on in a diminishing scale. Scores from a teams best 3 short duration rounds will be combined with the result from Round 6, the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge to determine the Series results. Other contenders this weekend will be Trump Trikes, Gtrikes and Peninsula Human Power.

In the Senior Secondary category (S3), Black Friars Priory School Hound 1, a model of consistency, leads on 431, followed by Concordia College Concordi with 426, and Concordia College Veloci on 422. Pembroke’s Centurion and St Peters College Vector, will be looking to join the battle up front on race day.

In other categories, Series leaders are:

Category C6 Community u20

  1. Peninsula Human Power Super B 449
  2. Wimmera HPV Racing Young Guns 445
  3. Bruce Racing International Bruce Junior 444

Category S2 Junior Secondary School

  1. Concordia College Shockwave (All Female) 393 – the only team to have completed all 3 rounds so far

Category C5 Community u16

  1. Random Kids racing Feet First 448
  2. Aberfoyle Park Campus Tornadoes Stinger 440

Category S1 Primary School

  1. Holy Trinity Lutheran College Thunder 443
  2. Holy Trinity Lutheran College Hurricane (All Female) 435

Category C4 Community u15

  1. Wimmera HPV Racing Visper 447

The endurance component of the 8 Hour race might be compiled by the weather conditions, with some wind and rain forecast.

The race starts at 9am with the chequered flag scheduled to be shown at 5pm.

Gates open early at The Bend Motorsport Park, 543 Dukes Highway, Tailem Bend, SA 5260

Entries Still Open

City of Busselton Mayor, The Honourable Grant Henley, gets the race underway on the Busselton Foreshore in 2019, the last time the event visited the oceanside circuit.

 

With one month to go, entries are still open for Round 5 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, and Round 3 of the Epiroc Pedal Prix Series, when Human Powered Vehicle racing returns to the picturesque foreshores of Geographe Bay in Busselton on Sunday the 21st of August. 

It’s been some three years since the Series has visited Western Australia and now with the lifting of COVID restrictions, racing can resume on this ideal oceanside circuit.  

Thanks to the support of the City of Busselton, some 40 vehicles are expected to take part with entries coming from local schools, the Perth metropolitan district, South Australia and Victoria.  

“It’s tremendous to be able to race again after a significantly difficult few years due to COVID,” stated Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “Coming back to Busselton is a real highlight of the calendar.  We hope to see as many local and Perth based teams take to the track as possible.”

The event is a round of the national UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, as well as the Epiroc WA Pedal Prix Series. “We are thrilled to be part of the Busselton event as it is the climax to our three round Series here in Western Australia,” said WA Chairperson Ben Clayton.

“Working with WAHPV Association Chairperson Ben Clayton and his team, along with the support of The City of Busselton, enables us stage what will be a great day of racing,” confirmed Lacey.

There is still time to get entries in for teams contemplating getting to Busselton for the event. Simply click here to submit your entry and join in for a great weekend.

Program of Events  

Saturday 20 August  

Scrutineering will take place at the Busselton Youth and Community Centre, corner of High Street and Bussell Highway from 12:00pm – 3:30pm.  

Sunday 21 August  

7.00am Venue open for team access  

8.30am Marshals Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

8.50am Team Manager Briefing at Race Control (10 mins)  

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 

 

Mount Gambier Good To Go

It’s March, the month the 2022 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series gets underway, and with just two weeks to go, the green light is set to shine on the grid at the Blue Lake City’s McNamara Park on Saturday the 26th.

After two years of COVID delivered challenges which saw just three of twelve scheduled events undertaken, it’s a welcome outlook for race hungry teams.

A strong field of eighty seven entries have registered to make their way to the southern city and revel in the experience of the flowing 2.4km black ribbon of asphalt that Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club’s home track provides.

“After such a difficult two years, it’s particularly pleasing to return to racing in 2022,” stated AIPP Inc. CEO Marcus Lacey. “It really has been a drought, a dry couple of years where our community has not been able to do what they love. The strong response to registrations is very positive, and I would like to thank all teams, team managers, teachers, schools, riders, staff, families and supporters for staying strong and coming back with enthusiasm,” he said.

2021 Outright winners, Aurora Racing
Runner up and Copyworld fastest lap holder, Wattle Racing’s Gunyah

Aurora Racing (Aurora) will return as reigning victors of the event last time it was run, some 12 months ago. They can expect a fierce challenge from Wattle Racing (Gunyah). The two teams went head to head last year with Aurora coming home after 8 hours of racing to take the outright win by just one lap, 163 to Gunyah’s 162. Other strong contenders from last year including Peninsula Human Power, Unhinged and Team Relentless will be looking to put in a strong challenge. The return of Platt Racing, absent from the circuit for some years could just be the dark horse to throw a cat amongst the pigeons!

In the schools categories, Pembroke School (Phoenix) edged out their younger teammates (Radar) by 13 laps, 144 to 131. Who can level the challenge to this well drilled outfit? Holy Trinity Lutheran College, Concordia?

And of course, who will take out the coveted Copyworld Fastest Lap? A blistering 2:42.9 outright was set by Category C7 team Gunyah, with Pembroke Phoenix in S3 setting the fastest time by a school team just 1.4secs behind with a time of 2:44.3!

Scrutineering will once again be held on the Friday preceding, the 25th of March, at the Railway Lands, a magnificent parkland location adjacent the bustling City centre. All racing HPVs will be checked for compliance with the National Specifications and readied for action the next day.

Riders will get the go signal at 8:00am on Saturday with regular rider changes scheduled to see them at their top pace for the whole 8 hour endurance event.

Australian International Pedal Prix Inc., organisers of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series gratefully acknowledge Series sponsors University of South Australia, the City of Mount Gambier, and Mount Gambier Motorcycle Club whose support and assistance is material to making this event happen.