THESE girls from Kinross Wolaroi School are confident and ready to beat the school’s boys team in the Australian International Pedal Prix.
The 24-hour race will be held on September 21 and 22 in Murray Bridge, Adelaide, with 230 teams expected to line-up to compete in their human powered vehicles (HPV).
The race runs in relay-style on a 2.1km circuit for 24 hours, with only pit stops allowed.
While the Kinross boys have competed in the event three times already, this is the first year the girls will take part in the gruelling race.
Girls team captain Amelia Abbott has warned the boys not to be fooled by their lack of experience.
“We are much more together as a team and have a really good attitude,” she said.
Boys team captain Chris Henderson-Matuschka said it was the boys’ experience that would score them a better result than the girls in the marathon event.
“Some of the boys in our team have been doing this for three years,” he said.
“Twenty-four hours is a long time so anything could happen.”
While the girls may be confident, Amelia said there would be a few challenges during therace.
“It will be trying to stay in one straight line on the circuit,” she said.
Kinross teacher David de Bruyn says the students are excited about the challenge, which is expected to attract over 35,000 spectators.
“It’s a really good challenge, not just mentally but physically,” he said.
Mr de Bruyn said the winning HPV team will complete an estimated 1100km during the race.