Piranhas hungry for more

DESPITE having all but wrapped up this year’s Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series, the Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club wants more.

The Piranhas take a 442-point lead into Sunday’s penultimate leg of the series, and it would take a miracle for another club to knock Orange off the top now.

Especially considering Sunday’s triathlon is the Piranhas’ home event.

“We always get great numbers for the Orange triathlon, something would be very wrong if we didn’t,” OCTC committee member Dan Benton said.

“We’re probably expecting anywhere upward of 90 to 100 this weekend. Hopefully we have a good showing and really get some good points. It would be good to extend our lead further before Mudgee.”

Orange currently sits on 737 points, with Mudgee the next best on 295. Bathurst is third on 259, followed by Dubbo (257) and Cowra (59).

Benton highlighted the Piranha women as triathletes to watch, because “they just dominate everything”.

“All the women are in good form,” Benton said.

“We’ll do well in the men and juniors as well, but I’d fully expect to see Orange women take out most of the overall female top five spots.”

The Piranha women are currently leading every age division in the series, and Estelle Dean is looking to put in another good showing in the female 40-49 division on Sunday.

Dean is tied for first in the division with fellow Piranha Janet Martin on 28 points, eight in front of third-placed Christine Wolfson, also from Orange.

“All the women have been doing very well recently,” Dean said.

“Our division is very strong in particular, we’ve all been racing really strongly. It’ll help being in Orange this weekend, and I’m hoping to perform pretty well on Sunday.”

Dean said the Elite Energy Triathlon last Saturday was the perfect preparation for her leading into the Inter-Club meet.

“I raced pretty well last weekend,” she said.

“It’s good to get some miles in the legs in the lead up, it’s very good preparation.”

Sunday’s event at Lake Canobolas will have four races: midgets (50m swim, 600m bike and 400m run) at 8.30am, juniors (80m, 2km and 800m) at 8.45am, short internal (150m, 5km and 1km) at 9.15am, and the Inter-Club race (400m, 20km and 4km) at 10am.

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