Offaly cyclist Francine Meehan has added to her already impressive list of achievements by winning the women’s title at the National Cyclocross Championships in Dundalk, Co Louth in impressive style.
She finished over two minutes ahead of the top class field with National Road Race Champion Mel Spath in second place. Susie Mitchell finished in third a further three minutes back.
In muddy and cold conditions, Francine stayed with the leaders for the first three laps when she decided to change her bike. After that she pulled clear of the field to romp home to victory.
Fran shot to fame last year along with Catherine Walsh when the pair won two medals at the Paralympics in London. The Tullamore native was the sighted pilot of the team which won a silver in the Pursuit on the track and they followed that up with a bronze medal in the Women’s Time Trial at Brands Hatch. They also won gold at the World Track Championships in Los Angeles in 2012.
She has a busy year ahead as she will continue her partnership with Catherine while also competing as an individual in road races and time trials.