A very small crew of excited and dedicated Victorians ventured over to the Western side of Australia for the very first pedal prix race held at the Busselton track. The squad and teams from Emerald District Education Centre (EDEC) and Trisled made the 3000km trip over to support the first race in Western Australia.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Team Manager, Mark Fidone, was impressed by the enthusiasm of the local teams. “Considering most teams had never ridden a human powered vehicle, let alone race one, it was a really fun weekend.”[/quote]

Bussleton currently hosts the longest jetty in Australia (1.8km) and was the perfect backdrop for the race. The race saw in its first year 36 vehicles taking the quick, sharp and tight 950m track and proved technical, challenging for riders ranging in abilities. With the largest proportion of the participants predominantly from Western Australia it was a chance for them to prove the their trike handling skills and racing strategies. Although, results proved and demonstrated a very strong performance from Victorian teams, the race ran a close one for the minor placing’s among the teams from Western Australia.

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Results as follows…


Category 1
Living Waters Lutheran College’s LWLC1 took out category one on 147 laps, 11 laps ahead of second place and third place getters from St Joseph’s Busselton, Chicken Dinner and Good as Gold both finishing on 136 laps.

Category 2
Emerald District Education Centre’s (EDEC), Gremlins taking out first place on 179 laps; with only 3 laps behind them Living Waters Lutheran College’s LWLC2 on 176 laps. Third place getters were Warnbro Community High School finishing on 173 laps.

Category 3
The boys from EDEC with their team Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies took out another victorious first position in category 3 and the overall win of the day on 233 laps. Second place getters were Hale School with their team Cygnet on 174 laps, and finishing on the same lap were Wesley College, Perth with their team Wyvern 1 in third place.

Category 4
Victorian riders from Trisled representing their team in Tomahawk took out first place in category 4 and finishing on an impressive 231 laps. Second and third place getters went to respectively to EDEC’s Pacemakers on 207 laps and Favorites on 189 laps.

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Category 1 : St Joseph’s, Bussleton – Good as Gold -1.47

Category 2 : EDEC – Gremlins – 1.36

Category 3 : EDEC – Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies – 1.22

Category 4 : Trisled – Tomahawk – 1.23

A massive congratulations and thank-you to Western Australian Human Powered Vehicle Association President, Stuart Peterson, who had campaigned hard to have the race in WA for the last 18 months. His vision has seen the first race in Busselton, Western Australia and hopefully there will be many more in years to come.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“The event was well run and everyone seemed to be having a good time,” shared ‘Duckies’ rider Sam Wilson. “The location was awesome. and the track itself was well planned. It was nice and flowing, but also challenging for the riders.” [/quote]

Special mention of the Australian International Pedal Prix Board who provided significant event personnel, timing, logistical and event support for this inaugural HPV race in Western Australia.

Congratulations to all who participated in the event and made it successful and safe. The team at the RACV Energy Breakthrough look forward to seeing the development and expansion of the inaugural pedal prix this year, with even the hope of seeing even more teams back next year!