The Arcane Cycling Team competed in the first National Championships of the 2015 Cycling Season at Sundrive Road Velodrome last Weekend (20 / 21st June), Winning Medals in both the Elite Men & Elite Womens Competition.
The National ‘Olympic Omnium’ comprising of six events over two days came down to the final event on Sunday evening with both Darragh Zaidan and Roisin Kennedy still in contention of a podium position.
Both Riders had performed well on Saturday, but they had lost valuable Points on some of the shorter timed events .
Darragh Zaidan went in to the Final ‘Points Race’ lying in third place Overall, but put in a strong attacking ride to challenge for Gold . Darragh distanced most of his rival competitors , but was unable to get clear of defending Champion John Lynch (Kilcullen CC) . Darragh settled for a well earned National Silver Medal.
Róisín Kennedy had a lot more to do – Roisín was lying down in fifth position and almost 30 Points off the Podium.
However Kennedy put in the ride of the weekend , Attacking early and Lapping her competitors , winning most of the Intermediate Sprints. Kennedy took the Bell challenging for Gold as she almost lapped the field for a second time, and she was delighted to take Bronze in the final Points tally from what was seen as an impossible position.
Rachael Withers was also in action for the Team, but she was forced to withdraw on Day 2 due to illness.