Former junior world sprint champion John Paul tragically passed away at 28-years-old.
The Scottish cyclist died during his sleep, and both British and Scottish Cycling delivered heartfelt tributes to his family and friends.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of John Paul, as we bring the very sad news of his passing.
— Scottish Cycling (@ScottishCycling) March 9, 2022
Scottish Cycling pays tribute to former junior world champion John Paul, who has died aged 28 https://t.co/Q0thWujADb
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 9, 2022
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Great Britain Cycling Team academy rider John Paul.
JP was crowned junior world champion in the sprint in 2011, and was a much-loved teammate and friend to many.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/QsENH2EVIX
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) March 9, 2022
42 Degrees Coaching announced the news on Facebook:
Yesterday morning I was informed of the awful news that John Paul had passed away in his sleep.As a team Dimascio rider and a track cycling legend I felt it fitting to let those who knew him know….Back in 2008/9 I can remember JP coming all the way to Welsh Cycling SQT’s to keep his sprints up and the family have always been incredible, supportive and as passionate about his training as he was.
A Junior World Champion was only one achievement in his extensive palmares.I last saw him at Newport GP and he was helping Scottish riders with the same energy he had on the bike and we put the world to right, we also joked about him riding masters and how many new National records would be smashed.
You’ve gone WAY too soon young man but we are all a little better off for having known you and ridden with you.Up Up Up
During that period he became junior sprint world champion in 2011, and in the same year was crowned junior European champion in both the sprint and Keirin, replicating Keirin success a year later.He competed for Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, placing fourth in the team sprint and 16th in sprint.Four years later, at a home Games in Glasgow, he finished 11th in the Keirin.Paul will be remembered at a memorial service by Glasgow Track Racing Club who said in a statement: “There will be talk of the once in a generation talent that John possessed on a bike, but his ability to inspire, encourage and joke around off the bike was where we valued him most.“JP was a truly remarkable man, with a love and passion for the sport that he used to help those around him.“As a man he was also someone who cared so deeply for his family and took great pride in telling us stories about them.“We cannot begin to imagine their loss and grief and can only send our love and condolences their way.”A spokesperson for British Cycling said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Great Britain cycling team academy rider John Paul.“JP was crowned junior world champion in the sprint in 2011, and was a much-loved teammate and friend to many.“Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.