THE Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club’s chances of winning a fifth consecutive Central West Inter-Club Triathlon series will be boosted by some new faces.
Erin Doyle, Kinisha Roweth and Anthony Cook will all represent Orange in their first inter-club event tomorrow in Bathurst.
All three are reasonably new to the sport but have quickly developed a passion for it.
Doyle moved to Orange a year ago and started training for triathlons this July.
“I like it because it’s a community-based sport. Plus there’s the challenge of the three different disciplines,” Doyle said.
“I think I’m addicted to the adrenalin before the race and the endorphins after you finish.”
The 28-year-old added being part of the triathlon club had been important to her as she doesn’t have family in Orange.
Roweth took up the sport as a new opportunity.
“I had an injury and I couldn’t do my other sports. I thought this could be a change,” the 14-year-old explained.
Tomorrow’s inter-club, which will include a 2.5km run, 200m swim, 16km ride, 200m swim and 2.5km run, will be her first triathlon.
“My goal is to finish and to try not to fall off in the ride,” she laughed.
Tomorrow’s event will signify Anthony Cook’s first full season in the sport.
He has done two triathlons before, but now he’s keen to be a regular in the sport.
“It’s fun racing your friends. I like competing and having the three different disciplines,” Cook said.
The Piranhas have dominated the last four inter-club series.
Last year they finished on top with 1245 points in the series.
Their nearest rivals were Mudgee on 770 points, 475 behind the winners.
Bathurst (363), Dubbo (333) and Cowra (139) rounded out the rest of the field.
Clubs earn a point for every participant in an event.
Competitors who win their age division get extra points, and placings below also earn points.
Orange’s weight of numbers in the 2012-13 season was a key part of their success.
It is expected Mudgee will be a serious threat to Orange’s dominance this season, but the Orange club has every intention of retaining the title.
Tomorrow’s season-opening event will be held at Bathurst.