THE Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club (OCTC) has all but wrapped up this year’s Central West Inter-club Triathlon Series following another strong showing in Dubbo on Sunday.
With consistency the key, the Piranhas have dominated the first three rounds of the 2013-14 series, claiming overall points wins in Bathurst and Cowra before finishing with 179 points from Sunday’s leg at Ollie Robbins Oval.
Host Dubbo finished with 223 points to claim the day.
Orange’s arch rivals Mudgee ran third with 146 points while Bathurst (27) and Cowra (13) rounded out the minor placings.
But the overall scheme of things paints a very Orange picture.
Shaping up as arguably the club’s most dominant year since first claiming the series crown in 2010, the Piranhas boast 737 points to lead their nearest rival by a whopping 442 points.
The Orange club has more points than its two closest rivals combined.
Mudgee is running second on 295 points, ahead of Bathurst (259), Dubbo (257) and Cowra (159).
OCTC president Steve Martin concedes his side simply has to turn up to the next two rounds - in Orange then Mudgee - to claim a fifth-straight inter-club crown and edge closer to emulating the eight consecutive titles won by Mudgee.
“As long as we turn up we should be OK,” Martin quipped.
“It was good to see a few more from different clubs.
“Mudgee had a good turnout, they finished just behind us and Dubbo got the most points on the day. I think (the inter-club series) suits us because we’re in the centre.”
Banking crucial points for the Piranhas out of the round three race, the ladies again triumphed for the Orange club.
Dubbo’s Jane Fardell was the first woman across the line, but Orange ladies Jess Richards, Janet Martin and Christine Wolfson then followed to ensure the OCTC points tally grew.
Steve Martin was the first Orange man across the line in eighth, with Phil Tudor one place behind.
Laura Auberson won her 14-19 female group.
Wayne Stewart was the other Piranha to win his age group, claiming the over 60 men’s victory.
In total, 115 competitors took part in the Dubbo event, 30 of which made the trek from Orange.
The next round of the 2013-14 inter-club series is at Lake Canobolas on Sunday, February 9.
Martin said the club would run a sprint distance triathlon, with competitors swimming 750 metres before riding 20 kilometres and taking on a 5km run.