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Count Down Begins

The countdown begins as the highly anticipated UniSA Australian HPV Super Series gears up for its thrilling 2024 season, set to commence in Mount Gambier on March 16th. The Series, known for its exhilarating races and vibrant community spirit, promises another year of intense competition and unforgettable experiences for participants and spectators alike.

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series showcases the best of human-powered vehicle (HPV) racing, attracting teams from across Australia to compete in a series of exhilarating endurance events. With its unique blend of teamwork, engineering prowess, and athleticism, the series has become a cornerstone of Australia’s racing calendar, drawing participants of all ages and backgrounds.

This year’s season opener in Mount Gambier marks the beginning of a journey filled with excitement and camaraderie. Teams will test their mettle on the challenging circuit, navigating twists and turns as they strive for victory.

“We are thrilled to kick off the 2024 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series in Mount Gambier,” said Series CEO, Marcus Lacey. “This event represents the culmination of months of hard work and preparation for our teams. We’re looking forward to seeing their dedication and passion on display as they compete in what promises to be another unforgettable season.”

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is more than just a racing competition; it’s a celebration of innovation, teamwork, and community spirit. From seasoned veterans to first-time participants, everyone involved plays a vital role in making each event a success.

Following the season opener in Mount Gambier, the series will continue with events in various locations across Australia, culminating in the highly anticipated finale, the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge later in the year.

For more information about the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, including race schedules, participating teams, and how to get involved, visit www.ahpvss.com

Expanded Junior Schools Competition

Friday, Round 3 at Victoria Park, will be Junior Schools Day

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series for Junior schools (Category S1) will take a significant step forward in 2024.

The competition will be clearly divided in two, the Series, and the Endurance award.

“This year, we have been able to structure a well-defined and focussed set of events for our Junior Schools (Category S1), and our Community u13 (C4) teams will also compete on the same basis,” stated Series CEO Marcus Lacey.

The Series itself will consist of four rounds, those being:

      • Round 1      Saturday 16 March             Mount Gambier
      • Round 2      Saturday 18 May                Tailem Bend
      • Round 3     Friday 14 June                    Adelaide
      • Round 4    Saturday 3 August              Tailem Bend

Only 24hrs after entries opened yesterday, registrations for all events has been significant, with the Junior School (S1) and Community u13 (C4) race on Friday in June already attracting 34 teams.

Teams must compete in 3 of these rounds, including Adelaide Round 3 and The Bend Round 4 to be eligible for Series points.

The Series result will be determined by combining the scores from Round 3 (Adelaide) and Round 4 (The Bend 8-Hour) with the best other round (Rounds 1 or 2).

The 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge will be a clear stand-alone event for Junior Schools. Results at this event will determine the coveted Endurance awards.

Entry into the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge for Junior Schools will be limited. Teams finishing in the top 10 places of the Series results, will be offered a place in this event.

Round 3 of the Series will be of particular emphasis for Junior Schools. The three-day Festival of Pedal Prix will see S1 and C4 teams have their own day on the Friday, with the 6hr race exclusively for these teams.

Equally, Round 4 will determine final Series standings and see the Series winners crowned at the circuit.

“With this format, Junior Shools, Team Managers, and riders will enjoy a higher profile and greater level of support. We see Junior School teams playing an important part in the future of our sport. Young riders, their families, and schools deserve recognition for the commitment and diligence. These teams are often the introduction for many long term passionate and dedicated participants,” Lacey concluded.

The Series will get the green light at Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park in one month’s time on Saturday 16 March.

Major Changes to Scoring System

How will point scoring changes impact the Series results by the time we get to the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge in September?

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is set for a big change to the way points are allocated for each Round of the Series in 2024.

With the aim of increasing opportunities to gain points while at the same time creating more competition, three key elements have been introduced:

  • Bigger points difference between placings
  • Double points at the season ending 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge
  • Point scoring for the Copyworld Fastest Lap

 

Commenting on the introduction, Series CEO Marcus Lacey said, “Each of the three elements on their own are not inconsequential. Combined they are very significant. We see these changes providing more ways for all teams to score points, plus it may well open up the field of contenders in each of the various categories. Of course, points for the Copyworld Fastest Lap will mix things up even further. It’s new and it’s different. There is a sense of the unknown, and ultimately only time will tell. What we do know, is it will be very interesting to see just how this season unfolds given these changes. The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series is set to step up to another level.”

The point scoring system will have its debut at the Mount Gambier 8 Hour, Round 1 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series on 16 March 2024 in Mount Gambier, South Australia.

 

The Complete Overview Of The New Point Scoring Allocation for 2024

1. Bigger points difference between placings

For Short Duration events (all Rounds excluding the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge) the following point scoring allocation will apply:

  • The Vehicle finishing first will receive 150 points.
  • The Vehicle finishing second will receive 145 points.
  • The Vehicle finishing third will receive 141 points.
  • The Vehicle finishing fourth will receive 138 points.
  • Vehicles finishing 5th to 45th will receive 2 less points than the position above.
  • Vehicles finishing 46th to 100th will receive 1 less point than the position above.

 

2. Double points at the season ending 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge

For the Long Duration event (the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge) the following Double Points scoring allocation will apply:

  • The Vehicle finishing first will receive 300 points.
  • The Vehicle finishing second will receive 290 points.
  • The Vehicle finishing third will receive 282 points.
  • The Vehicle finishing fourth will receive 276 points.
  • Vehicles finishing 5th to 45th will receive 4 less points than the position above.
  • Vehicles finishing 46th to 100th will receive 2 less point than the position above.

 

3. Point scoring for the Copyworld Fastest Lap

  • The Copyworld Fastest Lap at each Short Duration event will be awarded 1 bonus point (per Category and Subcategory)
  • The Copyworld Fastest Lap at the Long Duration event (the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge) will be awarded 2 bonus points (per Category and Subcategory)

pre-Season Training Confirmed

Adelaide’s Victoria Park, home to Rnd 3 of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, has been confirmed for pre-season training with five timeslots allocated over the Feb-Mar period

Adelaide’s Victoria Park has been confirmed as the venue for pre-season training during the months of February and March.

The announcement comes after negotiations with City of Adelaide secured five bookings over the period.

“The opportunity to have this number of scheduled timeslots for teams to test and train prior to the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series season opening round at Mount Gambier on 16 March is a huge boost for competitors looking to prepare for the season,” noted Series CEO Marcus Lacey.

With Round 1 scheduled earlier than previous years, the prompt confirmation and increased opportunity will be welcome by teams.

Teams will run on the “Western Loop” for training, incorporating the pit straight section of track as used by Supercars at the Vailo Adelaide 500.

The dates and times for pre-season training at Victoria Park are:

1. Sunday 4 Feb 1pm – 4pm
2. Sunday 11 Feb 8am – 4pm
3. Saturday 17 Feb 8am – 4pm
4. Saturday 24 Feb 8am – 4pm
5. Saturday 2 Mar 8am – 4pm

Discussions are continuing with City of Adelaide to secure in-season training times across the months March – September and an announcement will be made as soon as these are confirmed.

The 2024 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series commences on 16 March in South Australia’s South East with the Mount Gambier 8 Hour. Online entries open 10:00am Wednesday 14 February at  https://ahpvss.com/registrations/

registrations Open 14 February

Mount Gambier’s picturesque and enticing McNamara Park Raceway, home to Round 1 of the 2024 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series

Australian International Pedal Prix Inc., organisers of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series are pleased to announce online registrations for the 2024 season will open at 10:00am on Wednesday 14 February 2024.

Teams are encouraged to get in early as several rounds sold out within days last year, some in as little as 24 hours.

Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park will lead off the season on 16 March, albeit slightly earlier than recent seasons due to Easter and circuit availability. Positioned halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, the city is ideal to provide a great weekend of racing for the hundreds of human powered vehicles based across SA and Victoria.

“Mount Gambier is the ideal platform to build an exciting season of racing on in 2024,” said Series CEO Marcus Lacey. “The 2.4km motor cycle racing circuit is outstanding, ideal for human powered vehicle racing, and the City of Mount Gambier is an ideal place to stay and make a great weekend of it. What’s more, with the event being held earlier this year, we can expect welcome warmer weather. I encourage all teams from across South Australia and Victoria to come and make this event even bigger.”

The complete 2024 UniSA AHPVSS Calendar with event entry limits is:

 

Round 1 Saturday, 16 March – Mount Gambier 8 Hour Mount Gambier, SA 150
Round 2 Saturday, 18 May – The Bend 6 Hour Tailem Bend, SA 210
Round 3 W/E of Saturday, 15 June – Festival of Pedal Prix Adelaide, SA
Race 1 Friday Junior Schools S1 and C4 150
Race 2 Saturday Community Teams C5 – C7 150
Race 3 Sunday Middle/Senior School S2-S3 150
Round 4 Saturday, 3 August – The Bend 8 Hour Tailem Bend, SA 210
Round 5 Sunday, 18 August – Busselton 6 Hour Busselton, WA 80
Round 6 Saturday, 21 September – 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix Murray Bridge, SA 175

Registrations will open online on Wednesday 14 February 2024 from 10:00am at https://ahpvss.com/registrations/.

pedal prix and UniSA Confirm Sponsorship

 

 

Australian International Pedal Prix Inc (AIPP) is pleased to confirm the establishment of a two year sponsorship agreement with University of South Australia for naming rights of the Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series.

The confirmation follows the announcement made at this year’s 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge by Deputy Director, Marketing and Student Recruitment Ryan Bailey on the starting grid at Sturt Reserve.

The agreement establishes the continuation of a very successful partnership through to the end of 2025 and this aligns with the expected creation of Adelaide University, a future-focused university that combines the strengths of the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide with a target launch date of 2026.

The University of South Australia has been the naming rights sponsors of Australia’s paramount HPV competition, and arguably the biggest human powered vehicle racing series in the world, since 2012, establishing itself as the primary supporter of the sport and series in Australia.

UniSA’s Deputy Director for Marketing and Student Recruitment expressed their enthusiasm in continuing the relationship. “We see the real benefits that Pedal Prix brings to the community, and we want to continue to back them. From primary to high school, old scholars and beyond, the intrinsic positive experiences in areas such as technology, design, engineering, teamwork, health and fitness, sustainability, and the environment are clearly apparent. Furthermore, the sense of community that has been established not just within teams but across the sport as a whole, is something we want to be part of. The University of South Australia are delighted to once again be able to support AIPP and the Series as naming rights sponsor.”

AIPP Inc. CEO Marcus Lacey described the nature of the relationship and what it means to the sport. “The ongoing support of University of South Australia is humbling. They have now been by our side for some 12 years. When COVID crashed the party, and the world became extremely challenging for both parties, UniSA stayed with us. Now, in 2023, at the end of what can be described as the first full season of near normal levels of confidence since 2019, they are with us stronger than ever. The University’s sponsorship has allowed the Series to continue and the events move forward on a solid foundation. As an organisation we are extremely grateful, as a community we are terribly fortunate.”

The Series will once again be called the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series and will get the green light in Mount Gambier for Round 1 on 16 March 2024 at McNamara Park.

2024 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar

Round 1 16 March Mount Gambier
Round 2 18 May Tailem Bend
Round 3 14-16 June Adelaide
Round 4 3 August Tailem Bend
Round 5 17 August Busselton
Round 6 21-22 September Murray Bridge

2024 provisional Calendar* released

Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park will be the venue for Round 1 of the 2024 Series

Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. (AIPP) has released the six round 2024 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar.

After a review of the 2023 year, venues and dates, the AIPP Board agreed to build upon the stability and structure displayed with the running of this year’s Series and maintain a very similar line up of events for 2024.

CEO Marcus Lacey confirmed the outcome this week. “We believe this year’s calendar demonstrated a sound racing season which provided a variety of venues, locations and dates, and took into account the goals and needs of various stakeholder groups. It also delivered in terms of meeting the organisation’s Mission Statement which calls for high-quality events that provide educational and community learning experiences across a broad range of areas.”

“While the Board considered a number of options and alternatives, making little change to the calendar for next year was considered the best path forward. Riders and teams have familiarity with the circuits and know what to expect at each, along with experience in the planning, logistics and race weekend management. This calendar is well structured and inclusive.”

Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park will lead off the season on 16 March, albeit slightly earlier due to Easter and circuit availability. Positioned halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, the city is ideal to provide a great weekend of racing for the hundreds of human powered vehicles based across the two states.

The stunning Shell V-Power Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend (formerly The Bend Motorsport Park) will again host two rounds, one each in May and August, with Adelaide’s Victoria Park hosting Round 3 sandwiched between them.

The Adelaide Round will return to a three-day Festival of Pedal Prix with Junior Schools running on Friday, Community teams Saturday, and High School teams on the Sunday.

Busselton, the Events Capital of WA will welcome teams from three states to Round 5 of the Series at the beautiful Geographe Bay foreshore before teams converge on Murray Bridge for the Series’ climactic 24hr endurance race in September.

2024 UniSA Australian HPV Super Series Provisional Calendar

Round 1 16 March Mount Gambier
Round 2 18 May Tailem Bend
Round 3 14-16 June Adelaide
Round 4 3 August Tailem Bend
Round 5 17 August Busselton
Round 6 21-22 September Murray Bridge

 

AIPP Mission Statement

Organise and manage a series of world class HPV racing events which provide the opportunityfor educational and community learning experience. These learning experiences include enterprise, engineering, technology, competition, teamwork, safety, health, nutrition, fitness, sustainability and the environment.

*Subject to change

Murray Bridge Win “Special” for Trump Trikes

Victory for Trump Trikes Factory Racing at this year’s 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge was a satisfying fulfilment of well-constructed plan.
“We came into The Bridge with one goal and that was to win the race,” stated team owner Jason Nottle. “We executed the plan nearly to perfection. I can’t fault our riders one bit,” he added.
The winning trike, #5 Trump Trikes [601] finished with a record equalling 669 laps and a best lap time of 1:55.080.
What’s more, the outfit’s second trike, #204 Trump Trailers, finished in 3rd position.

Top 15 Shootout

She’s The Man – Qualified for the Shootout as fastest All Female

Welcome to race day at Murray Bridge for the 24hr Australian International Pedal Prix.

At 9:30am today the Shootout is on! The top 15 HPVs have been selected from yesterday’s practice and will comprise of trikes from several categories:

Fastest 2 in S2, fastest 2 in S3, fastest 3 All Female, fastest 5 Community, fastest 1 C5, fastest 1 C6 and fastest 1 masters.

They are:

175 Wattle Racing Gunyah C7 01:39.9 61.601 15 VIC

20 UniSA Pedal Prix Team EVO C7 01:43.6 59.442 22 SA

5 Trump Trikes Factory Racing Trump Trikes [601] C7 01:43.8 59.302 32 SA

23 Gtrikes Matrix Pro C7 01:46.3 57.931 9 SA

101 Manhattan Trikes Payback C7 01:49.2 56.395 9 SA

87 Kings Baptist Grammar School K2 S3 01:51.1 55.387 13 SA

135 St Josephs College Mildura Mallee Missile (X) S3 01:52.4 54.778 19 SA

115 Unley High School Mach 1 C5 01:53.8 54.11 5 SA

203 Wimmera HPV The Perfect Match C6 01:54.8 53.619 7 SA

43 Wild Boar Racing Wild Boar (M) C7 01:58.2 52.094 2 SA

250 Temple Christian College Thunderbird 2 S2 02:01.9 50.491 11 SA

3 Pembroke School Phoenix S2 02:03.5 49.836 19 SA

181 Wattle Racing She’s the man (F) C7 02:08.1 48.062 22 VIC

116 Pipsqueak Racing Sassy (F) C6 02:20.0 43.957 1 SA

9 Norwood International High School Spurls (F) S3 02:31.9 40.533 2 SA