The race may have started earlier, but the temperature was above 30 degrees at the Mudgee leg of the Central West Inter-club Triathlon on Sunday.
Mudgee’s Matt Webster will be disappointed with the final standings of the triathlon, with Bathurst’s Nick North taking home the bragging rights under the summer sun.
Orange’s Jack Bilton came third, resulting in a identical podium that of Bathurst’s leg on Australia Day.
While North ended up with the winning record of 50:45, Webster was actually first across the run time, and it was the swim and bike times that fell short.
Strong winds and 43 degree temperatures meant that many of the region’s triathletes didn’t make the trip to Mudgee for the competition.
This left the way open for Mudgee Red Devils to earn extra points in the closely contested series.
Thirty five local triathletes competed in the Enduro Long Course and the Enticer Short Course, with ten year old Beau Rohr winning the Enticer.