Triathlon hard-man Brett Mudgway showed his build-up was on track for the World Ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii, at the third Friendly Dental VLK Duathlon of the winter season.
Racing in the Revolution Bikes Duathlon (4.5km run, 22km bike, 4.5km run), Mudgway won the Vet 2 section and finished third overall just over two months out from his second tilt at Kona. He was less than a minute behind the winner, junior athlete Lucas DuRoss (1h 12m 11s), who led throughout the race.
Vet 1 athlete Matt Webber split the two.
Fresh from third place in the elite division of the New Zealand Cyclocross championships, Bridget Lodge (1h 17m 01s) was in a class of her own in the women's division. An indication of her form as she heads towards the world age-group triathlon championships in October was that she finished more than five minutes ahead of quality Vet 2 athlete Linda Exeter-Grant (1h 22m 36s), in her first club outing of the season.
In the Horleys Duathlon (4.5km run, 22km bike, 2km run) Vet 1 Mark Lane (1h 10m 30s) took line honours, while strong cyclist Lisa Atkins (1h 12m 50s) continued her multi-discipline improvement to take out the women's division.
The Peak Fitness Duathlon (2km run, 11km bike, 2km run) was keenly contested with Vet 1 Aiden Miller (41m 44s) first in the men's division, and Vet 2 Debbie McColl (42m 50s) holding off junior Abbey Cullen by one second in the women's.
A feature of the day's racing was the return from Scotland of the Bond family - Mike, Vicki and Ryan. They fell in love with the Bay while Mike was on exchange with the Fire Service and after returning home last year, decided to sell up and emigrate to New Zealand.
Vicki finished first in the Vet 1 division of the Peak Fitness event, while 2010 Ironman Mike was a creditable 7th overall in the Revolution Bikes event.
Wheelchair athlete Paul Tiaiti also returned after an absence of three years. This time he competed on a handbike as part of a relay team.
Last Sunday's racing featured 111 athletes, including several newcomers and visitors from Hamilton and Taupo.