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Human Powered Vehicles expo improves access to sport

• READY: Warracknabeal Secondary College teacher and HPV leader Peter Loy (left) straps in Ayla Zanker as Year 12 student Jayden Smith and Ayla’s mother Kylie watch on at Dimboola.

THE Human Powered Vehicle expo held at Dimboola Recreation Reserve on Sunday ran for its third year bringing about 300 spectators throughout the day.
Teams camped up overnight Saturday to start the expo on the Human Powered Vehicles expo improves access to sportSunday morning, the entrants cycled around the 1.2km circuit starting at 10am and pedalled on through to 4pm.
HPV and Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV) is growing sport in Australia with numerous racing events held throughout the year.
Dimboola boasts the only site in Western Victoria to hold HPV events.
Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Tourism and Economic Development Officer Jeff Woodward said the previous year running helped to increase awareness of the event.
“Last year we went bigger than Ben Hur because we got some state and federal government funding,” Mr Woodward said.
“So this year we stripped it back a bit, however the great thing about last year, because of the greater exposure more people knew about the event and that carried forward and helped the numbers this year.”
Last year around 500 to 800 spectators came to watch all the excitement.
Competitors and spectators came interstate from South Australia and NSW to enjoy the expo and put their pedal powered vehicles and endurance to the test.
Eight teams from across Victoria brought the HPV’s to the Dimboola track, the event attracted competitors from Horsham, Warracknabeal, Hamilton and Ballarat.
There were between 20-25 racers that came including the riders and the support crew most were human powered but some were battery assisted Energy Effiecient Vehicles.
Warracknabeal Secondary College students years 7 to 12 entered one HPV and an EEV on the day and rode right on through to the end of the event.
Mr Woodward said one rider reportedly clocked their pedal powered vehicle up to 45kph.
He said the whole point of having the event in Dimboola was to give people from the region somewhere a bit closer to meet up and use their HPV’s.
“Part of the impetus from getting it going at the start was actually to have somewhere a bit closer for the likes of Horsham, Warracknabeal and try and generate interest around Dimboola and Nhill and smaller Hindmarsh towns and sort of make it a bit easier for this region to get involved in the sport,” he said.
Mr Woodward said the event is a meet-up to allow riders from across Victoria to get involved in the sport, however he is gearing up to host races in the future.
“Once it becomes a full on race it sort of ramps things up, here’s an opportunity to have a fairly unique event that’s certainly unique to this part of the State and build it up,” he said.
Mr Woodward said events like the HPV expo improve tourism in regional and rural towns but also promote health and fitness.
“Event economy is such an important aspect to our regional tourism economy so primarily it was to hold an event and attract people to it and increase the spend into our towns and our region,” he said.
“But the other side of that from the community is the youth, health aspect was to promote this sport as a great thing to get into,” he said.
Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Cr Ron Ismay said, “Dimboola has been fortunate to secure the only event of this type in the west of Victoria, and this event has the potential to grow the sport and inspire more local schools and communities to get involved.”
“The Dimboola Recreation Reserve is a perfect location for HPV events and we hope in future to devolp this venue to be able to host official race events,” Cr Ismay said.