REBECCA Cladingboel was a late bloomer to the triathlon track — but it hasn’t slowed her down by any means.
She towelled the competition to take out the 30-39 age group in the rural triathlon sprint series on 499 points.
Her most recent event was on Sunday at Swan Hill’s riverside sprint triathlon where she recorded a time of 1:04.18 to be the first open female across the line.
Cladingboel finished first in four races and second at Horsham the Sunday prior behind an former professional (who she went on to finish ahead of at Swan Hill).
Her fastest time was recorded at Nagambie where she blitzed the course in a time of 1:02.08 and she hoped to eventually get closer to the hour mark.
Cladingboel said she wouldn’t be competing in the final race of the series on Sunday in Shepparton and would return her focus to mountain trail marathons now the season was over.
‘‘I’m abosutely stoked with my results this season, it’s all been a bit surreal,’’ Cladingboel said.
‘‘It started as a bit of fun and has turned into a fairytale.
‘‘Hopefully I can look at doing a half-iron man at the end of the year.’’
And she isn’t the only Echuca-Moama Triathlon Club member to dominate in their respective age group.
Tim Fitzpatrick smashed the riverside course in a time of 58.01 to finish first in the open male category and put himself in the lead for the 18-29 years category in the rural series (490).
Fitzpatrick missed out on the Horsham event, but recorded strong finishes at Yarrawonga, Benalla, Echuca, Nagambie and Swan Hill.
Eight other members competed on Sunday; Jeremy Walker finishing fourth in a time of 59.39, Ryan Kervin fifth (1:02.29) and Courtney Gronow completed the course in 1:04.04 to be sixth in the open male.
Warren Lowry claimed 12th overall in a time of 1:09.31, Steven Loader finished just behind (1:10.42) and Gary George was next to cross the line (1:11.43).
In the open female Jane Anderson finished in 1:20.05 (13th) and Jackie Welch 1:23.33 (16th).