Defending champions were certainly the theme of yesterday’s Challenge Shepparton triathlons.
After Dan Wilson went back-to-back in the marquee elite event, it set the scene for other triathletes to defend last year’s crown.
Melbourne teenager Daniel Bodilly shook off tough competition in the men’s sprint category to take victory by just one second.
Bodilly, 17, has enjoyed the spoils of success since his maiden race win last year, with his Instagram account jumping from 7300 followers to just less than 20000 in the space of 12 months.
The rising star finished the race this time around in 1:15.42 — a tick more than 10 minutes faster than last year.
Team Moama Bowling Club also claimed another title, winning the half-Ironman distance relay event in a canter.
Steve Gray, Brady Threlfall and Brett Sands put together a race to remember, completing the course in 4:06.54 — more than seven minutes faster than the rest of the competition.
Sarah Hardy was the fastest woman over the sprint distance, completing the 750m swim, 20km ride and 7km run in 1:22.24, with Team Aquamoves Junior Elite smashing the sprint relay field by almost 14 minutes.
Also yesterday were classic distance events — with triathletes tackling a 1.5km swim, 45km ride and 14km run.
Jarron Cole stood atop the men’s dais at the end of the event after putting in a time of 2:24.25 and Amanda Wilson led the female field in a time of 2:37.51, while Team Matt & Co were clear winners in the relay category.
Saturday’s racing provided competitors with the chance to dip their toe into the water of triathlons without committing to a massive, gruelling event.
The Enticer Triathlon, made up of a 250m swim, 8km ride and 2km run, had Liam Willcox (who raced in the 12-13 years category) putting in a great effort of 27.11 for first male across the line, while Riley Burns (14-15 years) was the first female through in a time of 31.26 and Team M & S Tryhards defeated a field of three in the relay.
A pair of charity fun runs were also contested, with Kobi Donaldson claiming the 4km win and Anthony Nicolaci the 8km distance.
The youngest competitors of the weekend proved to be the most enthusiastic, with the short trikids event staged on Saturday afternoon swamped by last-minute entries as everyone tried their hand at the fun.