CRASHES, smashes and rollovers, it was all part of the race for the Kinross Wolaroi School (KWS) girls’ team in the Australian International Pedal Prix on the weekend.
The 24-hour race held last weekend in Murray Bridge, Adelaide, had 222 teams line up to compete in human powered vehicles (HPV).
The race ran relay-style on a 2.1 kilometre circuit for 24 hours, with only pit stops allowed.
KWS entered two teams in this year’s competitions, a boys’ team and a girls’ team, both with nine students in each.
Gabby Eade from the girls’ team said it was an eventful 24 hours after the raced kicked off at noon on Saturday.
“The girls car needed a new windscreen and the chain snapped at 1.30am so we had the dads fix that up for us,” she said.
“We had a screw through the tyre so we had to fix that up.
“We only had 20 minutes down time believe it or not and it was on the other side of track.”
The KWS boys’ team was back for its third year of competition and captain Chris Henderson-Matuschka said the race was almost incident free.
“I had quite a nice run and still stayed out of trouble but I heard a few others weren’t quite as fortunate as me,” he said.
“We had only a minor thing with the wheel but that was fixed in five minutes but the girls’ car had a few major problems.”
KWS team manager/teacher David de Bruyn said the girls’ team struggled at times through the race.
“It was an experience from the beginning and I’m pleased with what they’ve done,” he said.
“It’s been pretty rugged, we’ve had a lot more crashes and a lot more rolls.
Mr de Bruyn said the boys had a new HPV this year and it lead to more competitive times.
“The boys were absolutely superb, I think we’re about 40 places up on where we were last year and at times even more than that,” he said.
Overall the KWS boys’ team finished 72nd with 341 laps completed over 24 hours and the girls finished 197th with 226 laps.