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 two teams, ‘St James Jaguars’ and ‘St James Jets’.
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 Maryborough Technology Challenge 24 hour HPV race. This race involves over 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 first event was the Bundaberg 6 hour twilight HPV race held on Friday 27th April where the St James Jaguars and the St James Jets finished in 2nd and 4th place respectively in the Senior Mixed Category. An amazing effort from both teams, with the Jaguars being only two laps behind the winners!
The teams are now concentrating on preparing for the Maryborough Technology Challenge in September.
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