A BIG battle for triathlon supremacy between Mark Windsor and Richard Hobson - we've seen it before, and it's a Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club duel that never gets old.
The latest of those went the way of Mark Windsor on Sunday as he claimed short course honours in the opening round of the club local series, using his bike leg to power himself into the lead.
Windsor completed the 300m swim, 17km ride and 2.5km run in a time of 39 minutes and 19 minutes, beating Hobson to the top step of the podium by a minute and 37 seconds.
Danny Weal (44:24) claimed third place.
Windsor knew he had his work cut out for him on Sunday after Hobson got his race off to an excellent start.
"We've raced each other for I'd say 30-odd years so for he and I to get together is always fun," he said.
"He attacked in the swim and I wasn't able to go with him. That fired us up for the bike. My bike leg has been really good lately, thanks to all the racing, and that gave me a nice break so I could relax a little bit on the run.
"I managed to catch him as we got into Eglinton. I like that, because I wanted to put a good hit on as we went up that hill out of Eglinton. That's where I really look to make a move on the course.
"If you can power out of that section then you'll set yourself up for good leg. It took me a while to catch him, but I knew once I caught him that he was not going to lay down."
In the women's race Jenn Arnold took top honours with her time of 49:26.
Arnold caught eventual runner-up Melissa Rajkovic (50:49) on the bike leg and managed to extend her margin slightly further on the run.
The scrap for third place in the women's short course was a closely fought affair and in the end Danielle Patterson (53:20) won ahead of Katie Windsor (53:44) and Brigette Evans (53:54).