Do you think there should be a 24 Hour event at Casey Fields?
Our friends at the Casey Cardinia HPV and Cycling Club want your input in their plans for a future 24 hour human powered vehicle (and potentially hybrid or energy efficient vehicle) event at Casey Fields.
To collect your input, they are currently running an online survey to understand what sort of interest there is for an event of that length and what sort of expectations you would have. Please note that this would be a separate event from the RACV Energy Breakthrough.
Complete the survey now:
The survey will close on June 30, 2012.
For more information regarding the survey, please email
Andrew Lardner at email@example.com
Nathan Boon at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nigel Preston is a self-confessed 'HPV Tragic'. After 'catching the bug' from his older brother, he helped launch the Energy Breakthrough program at Eaglehawk SC with his dad and some mates way back in 1998. Having participated in the EB for four years he finished his VCE in 2001 and volunteering to help with the event management straight away. He's been helping out ever since. Nigel has also been a part of teams that have taken line honours at the EB in 2000 & 2001 (Bendigo Senior SC); the Australian International Pedal Prix 2003, 2004 & 2009 (Bendigo Youth Racing); and the Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix in 2019.
I am not sure it is such a good idea.
Casey has little infrastructure to support a 24 event on site. Costs would jump for teams and the Casey Club, more importantly.
An alternative might be a 12 hour event. Start early, finish late. No camping needed. No heavy infrastructure required. You are already there for the day anyway. Start in the dark if needed, to provide the night racing experience. It would be different enough from a six hour and riders would get a longer stint per rider, a good simulation for the teams all up. Six hours sees 8 riders only get 45 minutes per stint and this would be good to in 12 hours with more strategy possible by teams then.
Many Motorsport events used this model in the past to great effect, Bathurst 12hour worked well.
Costs to schools for events is growing and this is another long term concern.
If there was to be more 24hr races the students would enjoy the racing more if the Casey track was a little more interesting. For example, make the corners sharper or more technical. Although having a 24hr race at Casey would be great there are a lot of pros and cons to be considered that I am sure you have already discussed. The situation of camping would be a major issue, expecially if it rains. We know from experiance that at Casey when it rains the majority of the complex gets flooded and is very, very damp underfoot.