Athletes thrown in deep end

THE Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club are set to host a bumper weekend of events, starting with the return of the  open water swimming race at Lake Canobolas on Friday afternoon.

The weekend will continue on Saturday with the Flyers Creek time trial cycling event and conclude on Sunday with the Canobolas Hotel junior triathlon day.

Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club’s Steve Martin expected a healthy turn out for Friday.

“About 80 people are expected for the open water swim. This event has become part of the calendar for us and it’s good preparation for the Elite Energy triathlon in February,” Martin said.

Defending champion Angus Parsons is a possible starter and will be hard to beat.

Four races will be held on the day starting with the 250m race held parallel to the bank at 6pm.

This will be followed by the 500m race (one lap of 500m course) at 6.15pm, the 1km race (two laps of the 500m course) at 6.20pm and the 2km race (two laps of 1km course) also at 6.20pm.

Swim caps are compulsory and wet suits are optional.

Juniors (under 18) will cost $5, seniors will cost $10 and Triathlon Club members are free.

Registration is from 5pm.

The 11km time trial on Saturday will be at the Flyers Creek start area near Forest Reefs.

A mix of triathletes, road riders, mountain bike riders and general riders are expected to attend.

Sign on will be at 2.30pm for a 3pm start and $15 day licences will be available for those who do not hold a gold level race licence.

The weekend will conclude with the Canobolas Hotel junior triathlon day on Sunday at Lake Canobolas where six different races will be held.

The six races will include: midgets (30m splash and dash, 600m cycle, 350m run), juniors (50m swim, 2km cycle, 600m run), short internal and external (100m swim, 5km cycle, 1km run), mid external (250m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run) and long (400m swim, 20km cycle, 4km run).

Registration is at 9am and the midgets race will start at 9.30am.

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