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Training in the heat pays off as Rory Thornhill wins Central West Inter-Club Series race
Training in the heat paid dividends for Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club’s Rory Thornhill on Saturday as he came from fifth to clinch victory in the long-course event of the Central West Inter-Club Triathlon’s third round.
Before the competitors even set off from the start for the Bathurst round of the series, as usual hosted on Australia Day, the mercury was already nudging 30 degrees.
It only got hotter as the hopefuls in the grand prix format event tackled a 2.5-kilometre run, 200-metre swim, 16km cycle, a second 200m swim then another 2.5km run to the finish.
But Thornhill was able to peel off the quickest split in the run home – his effort 12 seconds faster than any of his rivals – to take the win in a time of 50 minutes and four seconds.
T4 Bondi’s James Byrne (50.17) claimed second, while Bathurst’s Nick North (50.41) crossed the line in third.