Riders hit track for 24-hour race
THE race is on!
About 120 Human-Powered Vehicles have taken to the track in Maryborough, for the first stage of the RACQ Technology Challenge 24-hour championship.
There were thrills and spills on the track as student-made vehicles hit the course, with several bikes taking a turn for the worse on the second lap.
HPV race director Ross Humphries said this year's race had gotten off to a great start.
"The students seem to understand that it's an endurance test," he said.
"So they aren't starting out as hard, which is good to see."
Student teams have until 12pm today to record as many laps as possible to take out the top prize in the highly contested HPV race.
The 24-hour HPV championship is the main event of the 2012 RACQ Technology Challenge, which takes place in Maryborough until 12pm on Sunday.
Visit the racetrack on Kent St near Maryborough State High School to cheer on your favourite team.
Winners will be announced at 12:30pm.