NAVIGATOR College will send two teams to the Pedal Prix competition at Murray Bridge in September this year.
The Murray Bridge competition is the last race of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series where teams race human powered vehicles (HPVs) on a closed controlled circuit.
It will be an awesome team opportunity that will bring out the strengths and skills of the students.Andrew Jericho
The 24-hour race is conducted on a 1.7 kilometre circuit on the banks of the Murray River and for the first time, Navigator College middle school students will take part.
Head of middle school, Andrew Jericho is coordinating the school’s inaugural pedal prix entry and said so far about 60 students had put their hand up to take part.
Navigator are the only local school to register and will enter two teams in the prix, a year 6/7 team in category one with 20 riders and a year 8/9 class in category two with 14 riders.
Mr Jericho said the idea came from principal Neville Grieger who identified it as something students could get involved with on all different levels.
He said there were a lot of different support roles for students including graphic design and branding, car design, logistics and mechanics.
“Because this is our first year, we have purchased two cars but eventually we would like to get to the point where we are building our own vehicles,” Mr Jericho said.
Mr Jericho said the school was also looking for some community support or sponsorship for the teams to travel to Murray Bridge.
He said he hoped that eventually the students participating in the Pedal Prix could learn skills from local industry to build on the program.
“It will be an awesome team opportunity that will bring out the strengths and skills of the students,” Mr Jericho said.
Mr Jericho said training in the lead up to the race was also important and the school would set up a fitness and training program for the students riding.
He said a big part of the training was getting students comfortable with being in control of the cars, at the speed they needed to go.
Mr Jericho said it was still early in the program and they were still trying to work out a place for students to learn to get confident on a track.