MURRAY Bridge’s 16th Australian International Pedal Prix had all the ingredients of a top-class motor sport festival, bar the motors.
Thousands flocked to Sturt Reserve at the weekend to watch school children fill the roles of grizzled pit lane veterans and racing drivers for 24 hours.
Bigger teams such as the 70-strong contingent from Unity College had marquees equipped with computer monitors where lap times were updated in real time, while smaller ones such as Tailem Bend’s proud 12 alternated between three-hour blocks of racing and sleeping.
But all agreed the event made their school communities stronger.
“You have a support crew, riders and a communications team making sure we know where the kids are; and parents have a chance to see their kids doing something,” said Murray Bridge Primary School’ team manager Mostyn Kemp.
“Kids who don’t get attracted to the usual sports find a little niche in this one.”
Tru Blu Racing won the event by completing 522 laps of the 2.06-kilometre circuit, and a team from Bendigo Senior Secondary College broke the lap record with a time of 2:20.24.
Swan Reach Area School achieved the best result of the Murraylands entrants, with 350 laps, earning it 58th place overall; though Murray Bridge Primary School’s “Sun of the Beast” finished ninth in the primary school-aged category.
But, as Unity College’s Belinda Mattner put it: “We don’t really care about positions, to be honest, so long as the kids have fun.”
“The enthusiasm from the kids is what keeps you going, the smiles on their faces at their achievements – you can’t beat that.”
Buckle up: Oliver Miegel’s team-mates help him strap into one of Unity College’s cars at the Australian International Pedal Prix on Sunday.
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