WET conditions did not dampen the competitive spirit of students racing in Thursday's leg of the School Sport Australia triathlon championships near Kangaroo Flat.
More than 160 students showed a lot of skill in the swim, cycle and run legs at Crusoe Reservoir.
Co-convenor of the championships, Michael Grant said there had been superb feats across all groups - 13-14 years, 15-16 years, and 17-19 years.
"Despite the wet weather, the competition was sensational," Grant said.
"This is the future of triathlon in Australia."
Grant said the cycling course was a great test.
"The cycling is on a 4km loop and includes a 1km climb.
"It's been a terrific day. We are thrilled with the performances of the competitors, and this course."
It's the first time SSA has run its national triathlon championships in Bendigo.
"The nationals are run in a different state on a rotational basis.
"This year's program is in Victoria. Bendigo has already hosted the cricket titles and soccer will be here year later this year.
"The support from the City of Greater Bendigo major events team is outstanding," Grant said.
"Triathlon Victoria recommended this course at Crusoe Reservoir. It's a great venue."
Thursday's racing was followed by the excursion to the Central Deborah Goldmine and tour on the Talking Tram through the heart of Bendigo.
"The excursion is an integral part of every School Sport Australia national championships."
The triathlon action is back at Crusoe Reservoir on Friday for the teams relay. Racing begins at 8am. A highlight will be the officials relay from 9.15am.