St Margaret's Berwick Grammar offer the opportunity for all students from Year 4 to 12 to participate and join the Human Powered Vehicle and Cycling Squad. This co-curricular activity is an exciting and rewarding endeavour where students can compete as individuals and in team events at numerous local, state and national competitions throughout the year.
Our students are well represented in both road and mountain bike racing, with many enjoying success at a State level due to hard work, determination and commitment.
Human Powered Vehicles (HPV)
HPV is an exciting form of racing using vehicles powered only by the rider. Our vehicles are state of the art, fast and well maintained, allowing students to strive for their personal best.
From 8 riders in 2005 to 80 in 2017 the St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar Human Powered Vehicle and Cycling Squad has expanded enormously. In that period of time, the riders have developed from absolute novices to being the premier pedalling school in the State. The squad has moved from only senior girls to both boys and girls from Year 4 to Year 12. The program also provides the opportunity for past students and parent involvement.
The squad has dominated the senior girl scene in Human Powered Vehicle racing, and they have been joined by the senior boys team with both teams winning the Victorian Series for Human Powered Vehicles multiple times. The junior team have also recorded successive victories. In Cycling and Mountainbiking, the squad has won the State Champion School in both of these disciplines for the last few years and along the way had an astounding 49 individual champions in this prestigious competition.
The biggest achievement, however, has nothing to do with the actual success on the track but rather with the growth in the young people involved. Throughout the whole program the students have become better team members and leaders who are able to rise to challenges with confidence and skill.
Training and Construction
In preparation for their competitions, the HPV and Cycling Squad is involved in a range of training targeted at specific disciplines. Weekly Sunday and Wednesday morning training sessions are held at Casey Fields, and are attended by both students and parents alike. These sessions prepare the students for cycling road races, but also improve endurance and power for the HPV. In training for mountain bike competitions, the squad relocates their training session to a mountain bike course which will more directly improve their skills.
Our Human Powered Vehicles are built and maintained by a team of committed parents and students who meet during the week. This is a wonderful opportunity where students can work to develop an end product, which can be enjoyed as a team.
Competitions and Recent Success
The Squad competes in a range of events throughout the year. Zone Championships are held in both cycling and mountain biking, where students compete and qualify to represent the South-Eastern Zone in the State titles. The squad competes in the discipline of HPV at a number of six hour events, which prepare students for two major 24 hour events, held in Wonthaggi and Maryborough. Students compete in teams of eight, and results are made up of not only the final race result, but in judging results of a team presentation, and design and construction section.