Nick North wins long course triathlon, while Josh Stapley and Tom Hanrahan battle for the minors.

A CONVINCING win and an intense battle for second place – the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club’s long course race on Sunday was not lacking when it came to impressive performances.

BACK-TO-BACK: Nick North made it two-from-two in the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club long course events this season. Photo: ANYA WHITELAW

BACK-TO-BACK: Nick North made it two-from-two in the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club long course events this season. Photo: ANYA WHITELAW

Just as he did in the opening race of the season, Nick North took the honours over the 500 metres swim, 16.5 kilometre cycle, 5km run distance.

He opened up a one minute, two seconds lead onto the bike after a 6.38 swim split and from there was not headed.

His cycle (22.42) and run (18.44) splits were the quickest of any long course competitor as well as he stopped the clock after 48.40. It was an improvement on his 49.51 from the opening round.

Behind him Josh Stapley and Tom Hanrahan duelled it out for second place.

Stapley was 40 seconds quicker in the swim, and while Hanrahan pulled back time in the cycle and run, the former held on.

Stapley clocked a 53.27, with Hanrahan crossing the line six seconds later.

“I had a couple of rest days during the week because I felt a bit flat, just to recuperate and recover. Then I had a really hard day yesterday [Saturday] and it’s obviously paid dividends because going off my time, it’s nearly a minute and a half quicker than my last Bathurst race,” North said.

“I’ve been training my bum off and everything just felt really solid today, which is a good sign. After Nepean, I was blown away by result there, then to come here and race a minute and half quicker, I’m stoked.

“Tommy and Josh going neck-and-neck too, that’s really good to see.”