‘Grinders’ on the go

Angle Vale Primary School “Grinders” competing in this year’s Pedal Prix are (back) from left, Ashlee McDonald, Michelle Donnelly, Kelly Donnelly, team manger David Heintze, Sarah Donnelly, (front) Jake McDonald, Kimberley McDonald, David Hodgson, Ryan Heintze and in the car, Tamara Heintze.
Angle Vale Primary School “Grinders” competing in this year’s Pedal Prix are (back) from left, Ashlee McDonald, Michelle Donnelly, Kelly Donnelly, team manger David Heintze, Sarah Donnelly, (front) Jake McDonald, Kimberley McDonald, David Hodgson, Ryan Heintze and in the car, Tamara Heintze.

What has two wheels, two arms, two legs, and goes by the name “Grinder”?

Angle Vale Primary School’s Pedal Prix car – being driven by one of its students, of course!

The school has been competing in the annual Pedal Prix event since the year 2000 and by the time the Echo goes to print will have completed their first challenge for this year.

The team comprises a mixture of current school students and some ex-school students who now attend the new Gawler and Districts College.

The school’s governing council chairperson, David Heintze, ably leads them, and is also team mechanic.

He is supported by a small but dedicated band of parent volunteers.

The first Pedal Prix event for the year was a six-hour challenge at Victoria Park in Adelaide on Saturday,  June 1.

The team will compete in three events throughout the year, including a 24-hour ride at Murray Bridge in September.

Former AVPS student, 13-year-old Kelly Donnelly, is an “old-hand” at the Pedal Prix and relishes the skills and fitness the competition gives her.

“The 24-hour event is the best,” she enthused. “We get to ride right through the night.

“It’s a lot of fun and good fitness.”

David says the events are challenging for the students but also very rewarding. During the 24-hour event students take it in turns to ride laps of a 2.2km course, with some hitting speeds of up to 30km/h.

Teams are scored on how many laps they can complete in the set timeframe.

“It’s about working together as a team,” David said. “At the events they spend all their time together, helping each other out. It’s great to see them get out there and have fun.”

The next Pedal Prix event will be held on July 27 at Victoria Park in Adelaide.

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