Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Tech Challenge Begins; about 2500 Students Competing

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Tech Challenge Begins; about 2500 Students Competing

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Byline: Jo Kennedy

MARYBOROUGH'S streets will be overrun by 2500 students today.

The students have travelled across the country and around the region to take part in the 15th annual RACQ Technology Challenge.

Some of the streets of the Heritage City will be closed off this weekend, including Kent and John Sts and Sussex and Ferry Sts will be closed until tomorrow evening. During the event traffic will be routed around the area via Lennox, Walker, Pallas and Alice Sts.

The 1.5km track on the streets will host the signature 24-hour event the Human Powered Vehicle Championships from noon today and will finish noon tomorrow.

Event co-ordinator Dean Hazelwood said the average rider pedalled about 30-45 minutes around the circuit depending on their fitness and endurance.

"Each student gets two, if not three cracks at zipping around the course," he said.

The HPVs are made up of teams of 10 riders and they have to design, test and pedal their machines to take out the coveted title. …

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