Pedaling for 24 hours non-stop might sound crazy, but not if you are part of the St James Lutheran College Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) teams. For the second year running, QIEC Super are the proud sponsors of their two teams. For those that aren’t familiar with Human Powered Vehicles, they are innovatively designed recumbent bikes that are built by the students themselves.
The teams are made up of a group of students with a passion for technology and a thirst for speed. Training is held weekly, with the teams concentrating on fitness, leg strength and technique. A number of smaller races are attended throughout the year in preparation for the ultimate event, the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge 24 hour Human Powered Vehicles Race. This race involves around 150 teams competing for 24 hours on a closed inner-city circuit in Maryborough. State titles are up for grabs, so competition between teams is fierce.
This year’s 24hr HPV Race was held from 12 noon on Saturday 15 September to 12 noon on Sunday 16 September and we saw an amazing effort from both St James Lutheran teams, with the St James Jets winning the Open Mixed Category and finishing 5th overall on 445 laps. The St James Jewels finished 11th in the Open Mixed Category and 37th overall on 386 laps.
A big congratulations to all students involved! To stay updated with the progress of the St James Lutheran HPV teams, follow QIEC Super on Facebook.