A team from St Mary’s College is flying south tomorrow to contest another 24-hour human powered vehicle race in Victoria this weekend.
A team from St Mary’s College is flying south tomorrow to contest another 24-hour human powered vehicle race in Victoria this weekend.

Super human performance

IT’S NOT double Dutch although it may sound like it.

A team of Maryborough school students will be doing their best to make Maryborough proud in Maryborough this weekend – Maryborough Victoria that is.

St Mary’s College students will be on track in their human powered vehicle called Fast Forward during the annual RACV Energy Breakthrough, a 24-hour race just like one they contested in their own Maryborough a couple of months ago.

The St Mary’s team, a line-up of nine boys from Year 9 to 12, got the chance to have a crack at winning the Victorian race after Nanango SHS, the winners of the Maryborough race couldn’t make the trip south.

That opened the door for St Mary’s, who finished second behind Nanango, and they took the opportunity.

The decision to take up the challenge has meant the team has only had one week off since the Maryborough race so they could train for this event.

And train they have.

They’ve trained on their push bikes three times a week and they’ve gone through their paces in Fast Forward just about the same.

They are primed and ready to give it their all come Saturday.

One of the managers of the team, Colin Kay, said everything was set for St Mary’s to show the rest of the teams what they are made of.

“The team has trained so hard since the decision was made to go to Victoria,” Kay, who will start the journey south with the HPV by road today – the team fly down tomorrow, said.

“We’re rearing to go.”

But what does Kay know about the Victorian track?

“That it’s flat unlike the one here,” he said.

“It’s also about the same length (1.3km) and the winning average speed over the past few years has been around 35kmh.

“We should be really competitive if our training is anything to go by.”



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