Pedal Prix back in action in Murray Bridge

OFF AND RACING: All the action from last year's Pedal Prix at Sturt Reserve. In 2019, there will be 209 teams competing over the weekend.
OFF AND RACING: All the action from last year's Pedal Prix at Sturt Reserve. In 2019, there will be 209 teams competing over the weekend.

Advertising feature

The Australian International Pedal Prix is set to take over Murray Bridge again this year, with more than 200 teams vying for victory.

Held at Sturt Reserve, the Murray Bridge race will be the sixth and final round of the 2019 UniSA Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series (AHPVSS).

The previous rounds were held in Mount Gambier, Loxton, Adelaide, and Busselton.

From September 20 to 22, thousands of spectators will watch over 3,000 competitors take the track.

Teams will get the chance to practice on Friday night with racing starting at noon on Saturday and continuing non-stop for 24 hours.

Australian International Pedal Prix Inc chairman, Andrew McLachlan, said the sport has many health and educational benefits for young participants.

"It's something which provides a tremendous team activity that young people are able to participate in," he said.

"It also gives them tremendous benefits for fitness, health and well-being, and it gives them tremendous education in technology including building and maintaining the vehicles."

This advertising feature is sponsored by the following businesses. Click the links to learn more.

Mr McLachlan said the sport is also special because it brings families and communities together.

"There are so many different roles that need to be undertaken, it's not just the riders in the cars," he said.

"At an event like Murray Bridge, which is 24 hours in duration, it requires a lot of logistical support.

"Teams can be up to 40 people, so actually looking after, catering, managing and getting them to Murray Bridge over the weekend is a huge exercise. It brings a lot of people together to make it happen for each team."

The Sturt Reserve track is a 1.7km circuit, which Mr McLachlan said is an ideal length.

"Being right on the river bank, the Sturt Reserve track has a special atmosphere and ambiance," he said.

"The track itself is great, it's an ideal length, the surface is excellent and the council have done a great job of upgrading and maintaining it.

Being right on the river bank, the Sturt Reserve track has a special atmosphere and ambiance

Chairman ANDREW MCLACHLAN

"Then you've got the massive infield area, which is ideal for accommodating the thousands of people who set up their home there for 48 hours and of course you have up to 40 or more house boats moored along the river."

For more information about the AHPVSS series visit www.ahpvss.com.