Dubbo trails Mudgee by 24 points after the second round of the Central Western Interclub Series was contested at Dubbo on Sunday.
More than 100 competitors from Dubbo, Mudgee, Orange and Cowra clubs competed in the round which feature individual age groups of 14-19 years, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50+ for both males and females.
After Mudgee and Dubbo comes Orange on 140 points with Cowra in fourth place about 20 behind Orange.
Dubbo made its presence felt on Sunday winning the round with 206 points in front of Mudgee 190, Cowra 64 and Orange 42.
Dubbo’s race was run under excellent weather conditions that were friendly for competitors. Temperatures were mild early with a cooling breeze for the run.
All females, over 50 males and selected junior males raced first at 8.30am while the rest of the men got under way at 10am.
Competitors took on a 500m swim in the Macquarie River, 18km bike ride along the Old Dubbo Road and a 4km run along the riverbank.
Jeremy Ryan from Cowra again reigned supreme with a commanding victory in a time of 51.14 minutes.
His last run leg of 14.27m was particularly impressive. However he was pushed all the way in the swim and bike by State junior squad member Nicholas Kastelein from Mudgee who finished second in 53.38m.
Kastelein had the fastest swim time of the day of 7.08m. His father Nick was third in 53.58m after a tight struggle with Dubbo’s Craig May (54.02m) in the last 150m. Nick having the fastest bike time of the day in 29.34m.
Notable performances coming from Dubbo male competitors included David Little first in males over 50, James Carolan first in 20 to 29 males and Todd Dunn second in 14 to 19 age group and fifth overall in a time of 55.25m.
Andrew McMaster also finished in the top 10 finishers in a time of 57.25m.
Women’s race favourite Christine Wolfson from Orange experienced a puncture in the ride after leading the field.
This allowed Melissa Fanning from Cowra to take command of the race to finish in a fast time of 56.56m Melissa easily having the fastest bike and run times for the women.
Dubbo’s Lisa Tratt was second in a very strong performance (64.24m) in only her second race of the year.
Peta Taylor (Mudgee) was third with Dubbo’s Karen Robinson only one second back in fourth place after an excellent bike-run combination.
The next round of the interclub series will be held at Mudgee on Sunday February 27 from 8am over a double sprint format.
Dubbo will need a big effort from all its members both new and old to bridge the gap with Mudgee.
The last round of the series will be held in Cowra in mid-March.
The Dubbo Club will be well represented at the Australian Ironman at Forster in April with Marc Goodall, Paul Barnes, Andrew McMaster, Doug Beal, John Berryman, Robert Duffy and Trevor Youngman all receiving spots in the 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42km run endurance test.
The Dubbo Club will also will be well represented at the “Hell Of The West” Triathlon at Goodiwindi this weekend.
This event is recognised as one of the toughest triathlons with scorching temperatures and tough crosswinds on the bike course.
James Carolan, Lincoln McBroom, Doug Beal, Craig May, Felicity Taylor and John Edwards will all represent the Duhho club over the 2km swim, 80km bike and 20km run.
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