Past Energy Breakthrough participants Jason Lea and Chris Hamilton have won two of the four prize jerseys at the Santos 2019 Tour Down Under. Jason claimed the King of the Mountains jersey and Chris claiming the Best Young Rider jersey. We congratulate the two Bendigo boys who rode amazingly strong and smart races with great support from their teams.
Co-ordinating partners, the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) and the Country Education Partnership (CEP), have confirmed the event will roll back into Maryborough from Wednesday 20 November to Sunday 24 November 2019. Get those dates in your diary!
At Weeroona College Bendigo, the Energy Breakthrough is much more than an innovative four-day event, it is a chance to reinforce already strong community ties. The school's program - which began way back in 1999 - had gone through something of a 'dip' in recent years, but it's now bouncing back thanks to a fresh approach which looks beyond the 'Breakthrough.
If you walked by Corner Eight of track one at the Energy Breakthrough this year, you would have come across a policeman and a group of young adults, marshalling the infamous 'crash corner'. These young adults were there day-and-night-and-day for this year’s Breakthrough, and the reason why is pretty special: part community service, part reconnaissance as KidzFlip prepares for a tilt at the Energy Breakthrough in 2019.
For a new school to be participating in the Energy Breakthrough, it can be a pretty daunting experience. But not for newcomers Pearcedale Primary School from the Mornington Peninsula, who are attended their first Energy Breakthrough in 2018.
Meet Dylan from St Augustine's in Maryborough. He and his team have just finished 10th overall in the Pushcart class out of 39 teams at the 2018 Energy Breakthrough. Dylan has Down syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him or his team participating or celebrating. This International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, we want to bring into focus stories like Dylan's, but also the many young people with a disability who participate in our event.
WIN News Bendigo visited the 2018 Energy Breakthrough to catch-up with some students, teachers and team managers to find out how much effort goes into preparing for the big event!
Now that the dust is starting to settle, we have opened our 2018 Feedback Survey to hear from YOU on what you thought of the 2018 Energy Breakthrough. Survey will close at midnight on 12 December 2018.
Ever wanted to see the track from the inside of one of our entrants? We jumped on-board with Rode Rage during their Friday Night Practice Session and captured their fastest lap of the night. Let us know in the comments what you think about being in the riders seat as we go for a trip around Track 1! Video production by Ty Hall.
WIN News Bendigo caught up with Girton Grammar School's Connor McCaig to hear about how those final minutes of the 24-hour trial, just clinching victory in the Energy Efficient Vehicle category, after a last lap breakdown. We thank Shannon Schubert and the WIN News team for her support throughout 2018.
The 2018 Energy Breakthrough began a new era with a fresh, friendly, education-first approach. Program partners, the Country Education Partnership and the Central Goldfields Shire Council, were joined by sponsors the Department of Education Victoria, Vic Roads, La Trobe University, Central Highlands Water, True Foods in delivering an outstanding edition in Maryborough over five days. The Maryborough and the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) community responded to the challenge of providing more volunteers to ensure the event not only survived, but thrived. It was an electrifying finish to the 24-Hour Trial for secondary school teams with defending champions Girton Grammar School having a throttle failure with five minutes before the chequered flag.
Our Primary School HPV teams were back down on the VicRoads Track nice and early this morning for the restart of their 14 hour trial after being on compulsory breaks overnight. The day also kicked off nice and early for our Pushcart teams who took part in their Sprints down on the front straight of Track 1.
Get 'em while their HOT. Practice Results from the Human Powered Vehicles A category for 2018 and it was White Hills Primary School (Class A2) lead the way with a 1 minute 49 second lap, just one second ahead of Avenel PS (Class A1).
Our second official day of the 2018 Energy Breakthrough saw our newly named VicRoads Track come alive with our Pushcart Teams taking to the track for their Endurance Event. But ... it was midday that everyone on the VicRoads Track was waiting for. With the assembly grid all ready, the minute the Australian flag dropped - they were off and racing!
Pushcarts - it's your turn! Check out all the footage from our trackside Puschart action on Friday (and don't forget to tag your mates - they won't want to miss it!)
Each and every year the Energy Breakthrough grows in popularity with schools wanting to participate. And the 2018 event is no different, with a selection of schools making their EB debut this weekend including Mount Pleasant Primary School.
The night is always darkest before the dawn and Caledonian Primary School’s metaphorical night certainly seemed black when their HPV vehicles were reported stolen earlier this month. With just days until the 2018 Energy Breakthrough, brazen thieves broke into the school and stole two HPV carts in a senseless act.