IT is a good thing Mudgee has extra fire fighters in town this weekend, they may be called upon to put out the flames when the Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Series heats up for the final time this season.
The fifth and last round of the series will be raced at Mudgee on Sunday with the Red Devils having plenty to compete for.
Although Orange have an unbeatable lead of 724 points, the race for the minor placings is not yet over with Dubbo, Mudgee and Bathurst in a three-way battle for the final two podium spots.
Dubbo have one foot on the number two step as they are on 391 points following four rounds of the series.
Mudgee is in third on 359 and Bathurst fourth on 328.
The Red Devils have the inside running though as they will be hosting Sunday’s round.
Generally the host club scores big points and it is rare they are beaten on their home track.
It is why the Mudgee Triathlon Club have put a call out to all their members to get down to Lawson Park.
They are calling their troops to compete in Sunday’s event and remind the rest of the Central West that the Red Devils still mean business.
“We may not be able to catch Orange but we are not going down to Dubbo without a fight,” Red Devils’ spokeswoman Angela Fittler said.
In a season that hasn’t produced many highlights in terms of results for the Mudgee club, there has been a consistent sight that has been a shining light.
Making up an ever growing part of the Mudgee team has been a strong female presence.
“Over the last 12 months we have seen a good number of new women to the club,” Fittler said.
“We have had quite a few women who have been bringing their kids along for a while or watching their partners compete who have been swept up in the sport.
“I think this has a lot to do with great mentors such as Tracy Kastelein and Ronda Gainsford who are very encouraging and supportive, and our great family-friendly atmosphere.
“This season has seen some great achievements over all distances and levels.
“Soolan Clifford and myself have both competed at half-ironman races in Forster and Canberra. Tracy Kastelein and Racheal Kearins represented well in sprint races and in teams at Forster and Huskisson. The ever-improving Joan Bennett has raced in Penrith and Husky this past weekend reaching the podium in her age group along with Nicolette Karskens.
“Rebecca George, Susan Collings, Tania Potter, Venessa Rowlands, Michele Evans, Giselle Denley, Ralene Geddes and Ruth Mein have all stepped up to the long course and have all achieved great results in the inter-club series.
“Millie Coombes, Mikayla and Katana Llilyst have proven themselves as bright stars of the future competing at all club races, inter-clubs as well as all schools and Penrith triathlon.”
Sunday will be raced in a grand prix-style format with competitors starting with a two-kilometre run followed by with a 250-metre swim, nine-kilometre bike, 150-metre swim, nine-kilometre bike and finish off with another two-kilometre run.
“It is very achievable for beginners,” Fittler said. “You don’t have to go flat out, you can take your time. Every competitor who finishes will earn a point for their club.”
Registration will be between 7.30am and 8.30am and the Mudgee club is urging people to get there early as this will be a bigger than usual club race.
“If you can’t race, just come down and cheer on the Mudgee Red Devils. The grand prix format makes for great viewing for spectators,” Fittler said.
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