The HUBCAPS Pedal Prix Team
The Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School’s Pedal Prix team, the Hubcaps first
began competing in Pedal Prix events in 1997. The team is also aligned
with and supported by the Aberfoyle Park High School. Pedal Prix is an
all inclusive team sport, where teams compete in the HPV (Human Powered
Vehicle) Super Series.
If you, or anyone you know, would like more information about Pedal Prix, or would like to join the team, please register your interest with the school. For further information please refer to the Pedal Prix Information Brochure.
Click here to view the Pedal Prix Information Brochure (PDF)
Click here to view the Official Pedal Prix Website
Hubcaps Mission Statement
Why are we doing this ?
Well… it’s not about Global Warming, or Rainforest Preservation, or Curing Disease or addressing World Poverty, as noble as these cocerns are.
Hubcaps is about… Providing opportunities for kids to compete in a national sporting program called the Human Powered Vehicle Super Series, or Pedal Prix.
That’s it in a nutshell!
Our commitment as the Hubcaps Committee to providing that opportunity for kids at the Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School dates back to 1997.
Since then, year by year we have worked hand in glove with the Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School Management to promote and uphold the school values of Relationships, Friendships, Responsibility and Respect, and to achieve the following:
“To ensure that for students at Aberfoyle Hub R-7 school who are prepared to invest the time and effort required, should have the opportunity to compete in Pedal Prix, irrespective of their natural sporting ability”
It’s that simple really.
Through the years we’ve had a lot of success, and we’ve been able to grow as a community to offer opportunities to students at Aberfoyle Park High School (APHS) as well, and that’s great.
Our core business has always been and will remain however, a principal commitment to the students of Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School, who have been our partners on the journey so far.
The Series Events
The HPV Super Series consists of three events. The first race is a six hour event held at Victoria Park, where the race is divided into two three hour sessions. The second event, also at Victoria Park, is a complete nine hour race. The season comes to a climax with the third and final race of the season, which is the twenty four hour event, held at Murray Bridge. For more information about the series, log onto www.pedalprix.com.au
The Hubcaps have had great success since it begun competing in the HPV Super Series. The Hubcaps have been overall series winners for ten consecutive years. To read more about the successes of the Hubcaps, please follow the link.
The Commitment Required
All Hubcaps riders are committed to achieving the best result possible. In order to do this, many sacrifices are made from both students, parents and their families.
Before School Training
Team members train on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30am with the aim of improving their fitness levels, staying healthy and having fun. At training, the team is involved in: running; on the school oval, up to nearby Thalassa Park or in the gym; stretching, for warm ups and cool downs; and circuits, that involve burpees, shuttle runs, lunges and sit ups. The team members also learn how to take their heart rates which enables them to gauge how hard they are working. If it is raining, the team trains indoors. Parents often come and train with the team.
To ensure that the team is fit enough to ride in the bikes on race day, riders train in the bikes each weekend at Victoria Park. The riders receive lots of help from parent volunteers, who help tow the bike trailers down to the track. All lap times are recorded, which the team manager uses to select the teams.
Parents of the Hubcaps are encouraged to help out in a range of different areas.
|Training (Weekend bike/morning fitness) Bike Maintenance Fundraising Team Management||Sponshorship Marshalling at races Cooking/food preparation Camping set up for Murray Bridge|
With multiple teams competing, the Hubcaps riders, parents and teachers need to spend lots of time maintaining, fixing, improving, re shaping and building the bikes, ensuring that they run smoothly and are safe to ride. A group of about twelve interested and keen parents work at the school’s Pedal Prix shed most Tuesday nights during the Pedal Prix season. They also make time for ‘a chinwag’ once all the work on the bikes is complete. All new interested parents are welcome.
Pedal Prix is an expensive sport, with entry fees, bike maintenance costs and general organizational expenses adding up throughout the year. In order to make Pedal Prix at the Hub a viable proposition, the students and parents are involved in a range of Fundraising ventures. Some of them include:
Cadbury Chocolates selling
Peoples Choice Credit Union|
|Bunning’s BBQ Wine Fundraiser Quiz Night|
Each Hubcaps team has team managers, who are responsible for riders each when racing. The team managers ensure that the riders:
|are prepared to ride when it is their turn eat the appropriate food are continually re hydrating||are acting sensibly at all times complete warm up and recovery exercises at the appropriate times|
The Hubcaps require the generous sponsorship from individuals and business groups to ensure the team can meet all it’s costs. For their generosity, sponsors have the opportunity to advertise their business on team shirts, the team trailers and on the very successful Hubcaps bikes. They also receive other Hubcaps material which can be displayed at their site.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Hubcaps, please contact the school.
Each team in the HPV Super Series needs to provide a number of marshals on race day. Training for Marshals is online at www.pedalprix.com.au
In general marshals patrol the track to ensure that all riders are riding safely ensure that all riders are wearing appropriate safety gear, such as helmets and eye wear use flags and signals, and are in radio contact with the chief marshal
Cooking / Food Tent
During Round 3 at Murray Bridge, all Hubcaps riders are fed healthy meals to provide them with energy to ride bikes throughout the twenty four hours. These meals and snacks are planned and prepared by the Cooking group. Most of the ingredients are donated by local businesses to ensure that there is no cost to the students.
During round 1 and 2, the Cooking Group provide some snacks and refreshments for the parents that are supporting the team.
Team Selection Criteria
Hubcaps teams are selected in accordance with their behaviour at school, riding experience, effort, attendance and times at training.
Click here to view the Team Selection Criteria (PDF)