Mudgee is hoping to regain Central West honours ahead of the annual Inter-club Triathlon Series which commences on Sunday.
It’s been two years since the Red Devils struck gold and this weekend’s series opener shapes as a good starting point for them to kick off their 2017-18 campaign.
Not only can they stake their claims to a central west title, they’ll be able to do so with the help of the juniors who will be competing for the first time at an inter-club series in Mudgee.
Publicity officer Ang Fittler is thrilled the juniors are a part of the series and thinks it’ll be a massive boost for the club.
“The juniors are a huge component of the races,” Fittler said.
“Being able to have those kids here on Sunday is a huge coup for the club because their mums and dads are travelling from Cowra, Dubbo, Bathurst or Orange and they can bring the kids and they can race as well.”
The juniors, or the little and big devils, will kick-start the day with two races which are split into age categories of 3-8 and 9-13.
The little devils will be followed by a short course or ‘enticer’ at 8.45am where less experienced racers will be able to test themselves in an abbreviated version of the main race.
At 9.25am, hardened competitors will gear up for the main event which features four kilometres of running, 500 metres of swimming and a whopping 18 kilometres of cycling.
Featuring in the main race will be Mudgee president and perennial contender Matt Webster who Fittler holds in high regard.
“He’s usually at the pointy end of the field,” Fittler said.
“He’s been training quite well so I think he’ll be a main contender in bringing the points home for us.”
Ang is expecting a ‘huge turnout’ and is hoping to see over 70 kids in attendance in what she expects to be a considerable day of races.
“From a club and a family perspective it’s going to be a huge day”.
All triathletes under 18 who want to race can simply pay on arrival.