All of a sudden, the hunters in this year’s Central West Inter-club Triathlon Series are now very much the hunted.
A long-time participant, rather than any form of title threat, Bathurst is this summer in the box seat to secure the title of the region’s premier tri-club after a stirring opening to the season on the bike, on foot and in the pool.
The powerhouse Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club hosts the next round on Sunday and is focused on one thing and one thing only – knocking off Bathurst.
“(The new scoring has) created a lot more interest in the competition and it’s brought a couple of the other clubs into the title race, who weren’t there the last few years,” Piranhas president David Hunter said, his club the defending champions.
(The new scoring has) created a lot more interest ... it’s brought a couple of the other clubs into the title race.Orange president David Hunter
“Bathurst is one and they’re leading, it’s a bit different for us chasing them but it’s also a new challenge, and it’s great to see them in the hunt.
“They had huge numbers (on Australia Day) so there is a bit of pressure on us to deliver in our leg now.
“Our guys will need to perform pretty well I think.”
A strong Dubbo contingent is also expected to make the trip to Orange’s Gosling Creek course after a solid showing at Bathurst last round.
The Dubbo Triathlon Club is someway off the lead but is firmly locked in its own battle, jostling with Cowra in the hope of avoiding the bottom place.
Cowra currently sits last while Mudgee is third.
Round four of this summer’s series at Orange includes a 400m swim, 23km bike leg and a 4.2km run from 9.30am on Sunday.
As well as the Interclub race, there will be two juniors races and an enticer course on offer.
Registration is open from 8am.