HOLY Trinity Lutheran School’s racing team is in training for the human-powered vehicle event, the RACV Energy Breakthrough.
Team co-ordinator Chris Surridge said the 27 students would represent the Horsham school at the event in Maryborough from November 21 to 24.
He said they had been preparing for the event since the beginning of the year.
First, there were the team selections.
Mr Surridge said there would be two Holy Trinity Lutheran School teams competing for glory this year: the Horsham Hurricane and Trinity Thunder.
“Each team is made up of eight drivers – four males, four females,” he said.
“We also have a pit crew who help with driver changeovers, keeping computer records of lap times and lap records.”
He said the drivers had been training on recumbent exercise bikes for 10 minutes a day, three times a week for most of the year in preparation for the 14-hour race.
They will pedal their specially-designed racing cars around the circuit, competing against more than 60 other schools to see who could travel the furthest, fastest.
“We are in the process of rebuilding the cars,” Mr Surridge said.
He said each lap was about one kilometre.
“We’ll race from Friday, November 22 at noon until 9pm, and then the following day from 6am until 11am,” he said.
Mr Surridge said the school recorded its best result last year.
“Trinity Thunder completed 319 laps and came 10th,” he said.
“That’s roughly 350 kilometres.
“Horsham Hurricane did 287 laps and came 49th out of 60.”
This year is the fifth time the school has competed in the event.
“We have some very passionate parents on board helping out,” Mr Surridge said.
He said Wimmera businesses had also been generous supporters.
In addition to improving the students’ fitness, Mr Surridge said participants also learned about the science and technology involved in the event.
“They learn about things like aerodynamics and engineering,” he said.
He said the school would have practice events before the November competition.