Leading Dubbo triathlete Scott Stevenson followed up excellent results at the Dubbo InterClub and Hell of the West long course event at Goondiwindi over the past four weeks to finish a clear winner among the 11 Dubbo Triathlon Club triathletes at the recent Huskisson event.
In near-perfect conditions Stevenson was in the early wave start of the 2000-metre swim, gaining an early advantage in a time of 24 minutes, 19 seconds before transitioning onto the 83km three-lap undulating bike course.
He extended his lead in a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes averaging an impressive 36.99 km/hour.
Competing in the 40-49 year age group, Stevenson finished the two-lap 20km run leg along the picturesque bay in 1 hour, 26 minutes for a completed time of 4 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds including the two transitions.
The talented Stevenson is in exceptional form for a sub 10-hour Ironman in Melbourne in three weeks.
Second among the squad was one of the two novice long-course competitors, Ed Druitt, who competed in the 20-29 age group and showed his natural raw talent finishing in 4 hours, 43 minutes with a super strong swim in 25 minutes, 46 seconds.
Lachlan Roach backed up extremely well from the Ironman Western Sydney 70.3 Half Ironman with a very impressive result finishing just behind Druitt after a very quick bike leg with 4:46.
Huskisson is home-away-from-home for veteran Dubbo triathlete Rob Duffy, who is the only competitor over the entire 10-year history of the festival to compete in every race during that period.
To celebrate, Duffy recorded yet another sub-five-hour finish of 4:57 on his home course.
In addition, the race director Mark Emerton presented Duffy with a worldwide, lifetime gold free entry to all future Elite Energy triathlons.
The remaining seven Dubbo competitors in various stages of their triathlon season all performed very well with Len Darlington, in only his second long course event, finishing in 5:05 followed home by Ian Crafter in 5:23 and Keith Harris on 5:25.
The only two female competitors from Dubbo have a strong history in marathon and ultra-marathon running.
Ruby Kwong, competing in her first long course event and fourth triathlon ever, and Kate Brien who in only her second long course triathlon both had remarkable race results.
Kwong, who hadn't ridden or swum for two months prior due to an overseas posting, finished well with her strong running skills with a result of 5:30.
Brien has had a strong build up doing two shorter Olympic distance events finished in 5:33.
Two very experienced triathletes, Damien Kelly and Pete Christie, both competed in the 50-54 age group had a very late wave start and were affected by the windier and warm conditions on the bike and run respectively to finish in 6:04 and 6:07 to round off the squad.
Kwong, in her maiden long distance event, was the winner of the Dubbo Triathlon Handicap Mug in what will be a very bright triathlon, running and crossfit future for the final year medical student.
The local Dubbo triathlon scheduled for this weekend has been reluctantly cancelled for safety concerns associated with a circus being held at our venue.
The next event is the Mudgee interclub on March 15 followed by the final local triathlon in Dubbo to be held on March 29 at Ollie Robbins oval.
Further information can be found at the website www.dubbotriathlonclub.com.au.