City of Edinburgh cyclist John Paul will be desperate to impress when he rides as a guest for the Great Britain squad that has jetted out to Mexico for this weekend’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
The 20-year-old Scottish individual sprint champion was dropped from the British Cycling squad based in Manchester last year when he failed to make the progress demanded of him by the national coaches. He has subsequently returned north and has been training at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow as he builds up to July’s Commonwealth Games.
This weekend’s meeting offers him the opportunity to stake a claim for a return to the British set-up. Paul will ride the opening lap of tomorrow’s team sprint before handing over to his club mate Callum Skinner, with Welshman Lewis Oliva completing the line-up. For Skinner, the team sprint is the first outing in a busy three day schedule. He will also contest the individual event and will round off his involvement with a ride in the kilometre time trial