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About Nigel Preston

Nigel Preston is a self-confessed 'HPV Tragic'. After 'catching the bug' from his older brother, he helped launch the RACV Energy Breakthrough program at Eaglehawk SC with his dad and some mates way back in 1998. Having participated in the RACV 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 RACV EB in 2000 & 2001 (Bendigo Senior SC); the Australian International Pedal Prix 2003, 2004 & 2009 (Bendigo Youth Racing).

Terang P12 College – A D.I.Y culture with a difference

We were standing in pit lane at last year’s Energy Breakthrough event and we noticed something unique. It was Terang College’s vehicle they had built themselves. The project was designed and led by then Year 11 student Harrison Smith for his Year 12 Product Design and Technology project. With the support of his teammates, they brought this new creation to life and learnt plenty along the way, too. We caught up with the team at Terang College to get the inside story.

By |2018-08-08T22:20:57+00:00August 8th, 2018|Story, Team Story|1 Comment

Vale Frank Ryan – Announcer, environmental educator, change-agent and the reason we have ‘Eye of the Tiger’ as our anthem

The Energy Breakthrough has lost a legend with the recent passing of Frank Ryan due to illness. Announcer, environmental educator and change-agent, Frank would be remembered by many for his up-front work on stage at our event. Oh, and through a joke he is responsible for our anthem: The Eye of the Tiger.

By |2018-08-02T11:54:12+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|1 Comment

Join the War on Waste

One aim of the Energy Breakthrough program is to encourage participants to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally. The ABC's War on Waste offers a great vehicle for kids and adults alike - in schools, homes and businesses - to do just that. Will you join the War On Waste? Have you already joined? What is your school doing to be sustainable? Let us know in the comments or online on our Facebook page >

By |2018-07-24T12:30:19+00:00July 24th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|0 Comments

Meet your new lead scrutineers: Michael McTigue and Tim White

The departure of our naming rights partner, the RACV, has presented the Energy Breakthrough with many changes and opportunities. One of the key roles that the RACV team performed was the development and implementation of the technical specifications of the human powered (HPV) and energy efficient vehicles (EEV). Today, we are pleased to introduce to you our two new Lead Scrutineers: Michael McTigue (pictured left) and Tim White (pictured right).

By |2018-06-08T11:11:45+00:00June 8th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|0 Comments

2018 Entry Lists published. Welcome to 345 teams from 153 schools!

345 teams from 153 schools. Phew! It's shaping up to be a very BUSY year in schools across Victoria and beyond as they prepare for the 2018 Energy Breakthrough on 21 - 25 November, 2018 in Maryborough, Victoria and we've just published our 2018 Entry Lists.

By |2018-05-11T06:36:58+00:00May 11th, 2018|Entries, Generally Newsworthy, Team Manager Info|Comments Off on 2018 Entry Lists published. Welcome to 345 teams from 153 schools!

Vale Jason Lowndes – Invitation to Ride of Silence (Bendigo) on Saturday May 19

On December 22, 2017, professional cyclist Jason Lowndes was killed after being struck by a car whilst training near Mandurang, just outside of Bendigo. Now, with the support of the Lowndes family, the Bendigo Cycling Network is organising a Ride of Silence on Saturday 19th May 2018 to bring collective attention to road safety.

By |2018-05-03T15:24:44+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|Comments Off on Vale Jason Lowndes – Invitation to Ride of Silence (Bendigo) on Saturday May 19

Energy Breakthrough starts a new era … without the RACV

After 26 years, the RACV has decided to withdraw from the Energy Breakthrough. The Energy Breakthrough will continue in 2018 and beyond. The Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) and the Country Education Partnership (CEP) are proud of the Energy Breakthrough and how it has evolved with the support of the RACV. The CGSC and the CEP remain committed to this outstanding education program and look forward to the next phase of its development.

By |2018-04-17T15:14:53+00:00April 16th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|Comments Off on Energy Breakthrough starts a new era … without the RACV

‘Man of Steele’ wins Commonwealth Gold in Men’s Road Race with a broken back

Past Energy Breakthrough participant, Steele Von Hoff, has sprinted to victory in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Men's Cycling Road Race! This extraordinary feat is even more amazing given it was just seven weeks ago that Steele broke four vertebrae in a training event. His recovery was sped up by cycling on a human powered vehicle (HPV) at his home in Mornington as the position was highly supportive for his fragile back and neck. Channel 7 interviewer, Sam Lane, nicknamed him the 'Man of Steele' for his heroic effort on Saturday on the Gold Coast.

By |2018-04-16T17:16:43+00:00April 16th, 2018|Alumni, Generally Newsworthy|Comments Off on ‘Man of Steele’ wins Commonwealth Gold in Men’s Road Race with a broken back

Entry Week 2018 – Day 3 of 3 – EEV, Try-athlon, Pushcarts & ‘Innovations’

We have 'liftoff' for the third and final day of Entry Week 2018. Today, entries open at 8am for teams interested in entering an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV), Try-athlon, Pushcarts or ‘Innovations In Technology’ this year's RACV Energy Breakthrough!

By |2018-03-14T21:58:13+00:00March 16th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|Comments Off on Entry Week 2018 – Day 3 of 3 – EEV, Try-athlon, Pushcarts & ‘Innovations’