IN one of the biggest triathlon events to splash the shores of Lake Canobolas, Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club members have shone.
Competing in the Elite Orange Toyota Triathlon Festival on Saturday morning, alongside 136 other budding triathletes, some of Orange’s best started and finished the gruelling 1.5-kilometre swim, 40km ride and 10km run Olympic distance event around Lake Canobolas and its surrounds.
Tristan Harrison was the fastest Orange competitor, finishing in a time of two hours, 16 minutes and 15 seconds to finish sixth overall and second in the male 20-24 category.
Kieren Syme finished first in the male 16-17 age group and 16th overall in a time of 2.27:58.
Janet Martin was the fastest Orange female past the post in 2.35:49, netting 37th overall and second in the female 40-44 category, while young-gun Laura Auberson took out the female 18-19 age group in a time of 2.54:54, running 92nd overall.
The Olympic event was the first time an Elite Triathlon Festival has been run in Orange, with the series one of the largest on the triathlon calendar encompassing rounds in Wagga, Nowra, Forster and in 2013, Fiji.
The sprint, a 750-metre swim, 20km ride and five-kilometre run, was one of the more fancied events for Orange competitors, with Jude Tarleton, Danielle Syme, Estelle Dean, Matt Dean, Stephanie Harrison, Annabelle Tierney, Kyle Ostini and Kelsey Gray all winning their respective age groups in the event.
The Elite Series also holds an enticer round, with the 300m swim, eight-kilometre bike ride and two-kilometre run a hit with the region’s junior triathletes.