After a historic performance at the Worlds, Nicholas Paul chases the success of the UCI Champions League
A special moment.
This is how national cyclist Nicholas Paul described his historic performance at the World Track Cycling Championships which ended Sunday in Roubaix, France.
There, Paul ended a 30-year drought when he became the first cyclist from Trinidad and Tobago to win a cycling world medal after veteran Gene “Geronimo” Samuel’s bronze medal in the cross-country. – 1 km watch in 1991.
Paul won a medal in the same event but improved to win silver. TT’s only other World Championship medal came in 1967 courtesy of Roger Gibbon, who also won bronze in the 1km time trial.
In France, Paul also missed out on a medal in the men’s sprint placing fourth and settling for fifth in the keirin.
“It was an unforgettable track cycling world championship,” Paul wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s always an honor to represent my country TT.
“The world track cycling championships in Roubaix France 2021 were one of those special moments, a very successful and historic experience.
“To be the first TT rider to win a silver medal in the 1km time trial at the World Championships is surely an honor of which I am very proud.”
As usual with the cyclist, he thanked the Almighty for leading his efforts, his Switzerland-based International Cycling Union (UCI) World Cycling Center (WCC) coach Craig McLean and multidisciplinary coach of the UCI Tyrone Johns.
Paul thanked his staff, his teammates, his family, his club, his friends and all his supporters. He also thanked the Ministry of Sports and Community Development “for their help throughout this process”.
Paul is the world record holder in the 200m flying – the first round of qualifying for the men’s sprint. At the 2019 Pan American Elite Track Cycling Championships in Bolivia, he clocked 9.1 seconds to break the 2013 record of 9.347 seconds set by Frenchman François Pervis.
After making his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games, winning a triple gold medal (sprint, keirin and 1km time trial) at the UCI Nations Cup in Cali, Colombia in September, followed by his historic performance at the Worlds, Paul’s 2021 season is not yet over.
Before wrapping up an eventful year of elite racing, Paul is determined to take part in all UCI Champions League events that kick off in Spain on November 6.
It is, however, a five-stage tournament that continues in Lithuania (November 27), London (December 3 and 4) and ends in Tel Aviv, Israel (December 11).
For a third year in a row, the up-and-coming cyclist will not be spending Christmas with his family in Gasparillo as he continues to seek to improve his craft.
Paul only returned to the WCC in Switzerland from France on Monday and is preparing for another intense training block with McLean.
Looking back, Paul has described his 2021 season so far as “awesome”.
“I intend to set the bar very high for the TT riders to let them know the sky is the limit. I don’t have any short term goals right now, but I still want to be the best I can be, ”he said.
Currently, Paul (1830 pts) is ranked second fastest UCI sprinter in the world, with Colombian Kevin Quintero (2229 pts) in the lead.