For the second time this season, the swim leg of a triathlon has been cancelled, turning the NSW Triathlon Club Championships held at Orange into a duathlon consisting of a 4km run, 30km bike leg, and finishing with a 8km run. They were among more than 500 other competitors in the main race of the championships.
As was the case with Lake Burleigh Griffin in February, the Gosling Creek Reservoir has been closed to swimming due to another Blue Green Algae outbreak. Another issue to contend with on race day were cross winds, which made the bike leg challenging for all competitors.
Only two club members made the trek, with Lachlan Brown proving an outstanding result in finishing 2nd in his age group (50-54). Lachlan finished the race in a time of 1:45:52, with splits of 16:40, 51:57 and 35:52. Lachlan had the fastest bike leg in his age group by more than a minute, but was beaten by a faster runner who eventually finished some three minutes infront of Lachlan.
Brenton Cole raced in the 30-34 age group, and finished in 2:19:54, with splits of 19:47, 1:12:46 and 44:36. This place him 36th in his age group, and combined with Lachlan’s result, placed the Eurocoast Triathlon Club 12th out of 21 clubs in Division 3. The clubs division depends on the number of registered members.
Upcoming events include the Forster Triathlon Festival on 30 March, and the Wollongong Triathlon Festival on 13 April.
The Eurocoast Triathlon Club was founded in 2014, to provide local support triathletes of all levels and experience. Inquiries in relation to the club should be directed to club secretary, Ray Davidson, via email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Club members Lachlan Brown (left) and Brenton Cole at the NSW Triathlon Club Championships at Orange.