Students preparing for better pedal prix

RACERS: Allyce Fatchen, Ashton Kenney, Lachlan Biddel and Kyle McInerney prepare for the Murray Bridge race later this month. The team has been participating in fitness classes to build their aerobic endurance and strength to get ready for the race.
RACERS: Allyce Fatchen, Ashton Kenney, Lachlan Biddel and Kyle McInerney prepare for the Murray Bridge race later this month. The team has been participating in fitness classes to build their aerobic endurance and strength to get ready for the race.

Students at Navigator College are gearing up for their second Murray Bridge 24 Hour Australian International Pedal Prix event in September.

The school will be entering two teams of year 8 to year 10 students in the race, held between September 22 and 23, which is conducted on a 1.7 kilometre circuit on the banks of the Murray River.

Each team will have 10 student riders and a support team of two staff members and eight parents.

Year 10 student Allyce Fatchen said she chose to participate in pedal prix as she would be unlikely to have the opportunity to do it again.

“It’s good to get the experience of a team atmosphere,” Allyce said.

“This year we can compete a bit more.”

Year 8 student Ashton Kenney said the new vehicle the school purchased in June should help the team finish in a higher ranking than last year.

“It’s way faster – we’ve got a good shot this year of getting in the top 10,” Ashton said.

To prepare for the event, students have been training for about two months by participating in a combination of school physical activity sessions, sessions with personal trainers and spin cycling classes at Maisha Fitness.

Logistics coordinator Amy Fiegert said professional teams would show the Navigator team where the best paths on the track were in order to increase their speed and reduce their lap times.

Ms Fiegert said the school and participants had learnt from their experience on the track last year and would ensure that they were well prepared, especially in the catering and mechanics departments.

The school sent a year 6/7 combined team to compete on Adelaide’s Victoria Park racecourse in June which finished fifth in its category.