ORANGE Cycle and Triathlon Club president Steve Martin says there is one way Orange could lose the 2012-13 Central West Inter-Club Series.
“If no one from Orange turns up,” Martin joked.
Orange will host the final round in the series tomorrow at Lake Canobolas where the club is expected to claim a fourth-straight series title.
Orange leads the series with 903 points with Mudgee next best on 670.
Bathurst, Dubbo and Cowra are all out of the running for the overall title.
Being at home for the final round, Orange isn’t expected to give up its lead or the title.
Martin said the overall title wasn’t the only motivation for the Orange members.
“We still have a lot of people who could win their age divisions,” he explained.
“That’s how you win the inter-club by having people compete in all age groups.”
Laura Auberson will claim the women’s 14-19 years title regardless of tomorrow’s result. The Orange athlete sits on 44 points, with clubmate Stephanie Harrison next best on 29.
Kieren Syme has a six-point lead over Cowra’s Luke Chalker in the men’s 14-19 years division.
Orange’s Allice Jones and Katya Ingham are one-two in the women’s 20-29 years division and Dave Selwood is third in the men’s category, five points behind leader Bathurst’s Nick North.
Jess Richards and Kim Dale lead the women’s 30-39 years division and Matt Dean, Jared Sullivan and Dan Miller have the top three spots in the same men’s category.
In the women’s 40-49 years division, Estelle Dean and Danielle Syme lead Orange’s charge, while in the men’s category, Tony Syme, Steve Martin and Phil Tudor hold down the top three spots.
Julie Tarleton is on top in the women’s over 60 category.
Martin said this week’s wet weather could force organisers to shorten the bike leg for safety reasons but it will still meet the inter-club requirements.
Tomorrow’s inter-club event at Lake Canobolas will feature three races.
The midgets will start at 9.30am with a 50m swim, 1km ride and 500m run.
The juniors will hit the course at 9.45am with a 75m swim, 2km ride and 800m run.
The main event, the inter-club, will start at 10am and will include a 400m swim, 20km ride and 4km run.
Registration will be between 8am and 9.15am at Lake Canobolas tomorrow.