The St Mary's College open boys team with the new hybrid bike that they will race at this weekend's technology challenge.
The St Mary's College open boys team with the new hybrid bike that they will race at this weekend's technology challenge. Stephanie Kay

St Mary’s set to surprise with their human-powered vehicle

ST MARY'S College has been competing in the RACQ Technology Challenge since its infancy but this year's open boys team is set to surprise with a new human-powered vehicle.

"We've entered a new hybrid bike this year, after 12 years of concentrating on HPV," teacher Dennis Kettle said.

"It's certainly been a work in progress.

"The research has been the biggest thing for these guys… it's been a great learning curve."

Mr Kettle said after their victory in a human-powered vehicle competition at the Willowbank Raceway earlier this year, the team was ready for a new challenge.

"It's the same as always, it's about teamwork and we certainly would like to do well but that's not the only goal," he said.

Veteran team member Tom Evans, 18, said he was looking forward to the race and a huge amount of work had gone into perfecting the bike.

He said ordering parts from the United States and understanding how the gears worked was a big challenge.

The St Mary's group will be one of  120 teams from around Queensland converging on Maryborough's city centre.

More than 2000 students will attend the annual challenge.

Tech challenge

  • The RACQ Technology Challenge will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15
  • For more information, go to technologychallenge.com.au


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