A rivalry between professional pedal prix teams has filtered down to two Murray Bridge schools as each chases greater glory.
Murray Bridge High School has purchased a top-level trike from Trump Trikes in Adelaide, the engineering firm behind 2017 champions Team Relentless.
Riders from Relentless agreed to mentor the high school’s team members as part of the deal.
The high school's pedal prix team manager, Gilbert Tuazon, said a shift from three racing trikes to two – an elite team of students and alumni, and a students-only development team – had begun paying dividends.
The elite team, in the trike Nemesis, finished first in the under-20 category and 10th overall in race three of the Australian HPV Super Series, at Adelaide's Victoria Park, last month.
"Not a lot of people are into pedal prix, but some of our old scholars had been doing it since year 8 and came back," he said.
"I put them in place mostly as mentoring, to inspire (the current students) to reach the same heights, if not aspire to more.
"They hit their stride in terms of their discipline in the sport at about 17 or 18 years of age, so it's great they want to come back."
The recent result was the best the school has ever achieved, and he said they were still improving.
"How far we can go we don't know, but we're riding on a wave of success," he said.
He was particularly proud that the elite team included a female member – a relative rarity at the sport's top level – and that it was beating city-based private schools who sometimes spent tens of thousands of dollars on new trikes every year.
Mr Tuazon thanked the sponsors and everyone else who had contributed to the team's success.
Meanwhile, Unity College's racers have had a race crafting session with Melbourne-based Trisled, another dominant manufacturer of human-powered vehicles.
The Unity trike Bunyip finished first in its category in the race at Victoria Park, completing 181 laps in its allotted six hours.
Two more HPV Super Series races will be held in Adelaide on July 28-29 and at Busselton, Victoria on August 18 before the Australian International Pedal Prix returns to Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge on September 22-23.
Note: An earlier version of this story was unclear about Unity College’s results in the Victoria Park race.