MUDGEE Triathlon Club will have their best chance in four years to reclaim the Central West Inter-Club Triathlon shield after the dates for the 2013-14 representative series were revealed.
The Red Devils will host the final round of the five-race series on March 2.
Bathurst Triathlon Club will host the opening round on November 3 followed by Cowra on December 1.
Dubbo has round three and the first race of 2014 when they host the series on January 19 while defending champions Orange will be at home on February 9.
Orange have won the last four series and much like Mudgee did in the 2000s, seem to have a mortgage on the title.
The Red Devils were the dominate force in the series, winning 10 of the first 11 series including a record eight in a row.
But since the 2009-10 series, the Piranhas have been the unbeatable ones.
The Red Devils have kicked off the series for the past two seasons and Mudgee Triathlon Club life member Nick Kastelein said having the last round for 2013-14 was vital for their quest to win back the shield.
“It is a big advantage because if it is close we can figure out what we have to do,” Kastelein said.
“It’s easier to get people to your home race.”
Orange won the series last season by scoring 1245 points to Mudgee’s 770, who finished second.
The reason for Orange’s success has been their ability to travel.
“We were in a good position last year but that’s the trouble, we don’t have a large volume of competitors as Orange do,” Kastelein said.
Kastelein and many others are preparing for this weekend’s Mudgee Running Festival.
The Ironman legend will compete in Sunday’s marathon as preparation for the World Championships in Kona in October.