Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Nicholas Paul had himself a pretty decent debut against some of the top cyclists in the world in the first round of the inaugural UCI Track Champions League in Mallorca, Spain.
The Fastest Man on Two Wheels competed in the Sprint classification of the league, taking part in the Men’s Sprint and Keirin events in a win-or-go-home format. In the Sprint he won his first heat to advance to the semifinal but came up short against top cyclist and eventual winner Harrie Lavreysen from the Netherlands to advance. He’d be placed 5th and picked up 11 points towards the league points standings.
In the Keirin, Paul took off in his heat after the pacing laps and won his heat comfortably to advance to the final. He’d finish 4th in the final, picking up 13 points in the process. Stefan Bötticher was the winner of the Men’s Keirin.
Overall, Paul would finish the day 4th in the points standings after one round with 24 points, 13 points behind leader Lafreysen.
Paul had some feedback on the new Men’s Sprint format after his heat win:
Paul will be back for round 2 of the UCL Track Champions League towards the end of November (Nov. 27th) at the Cido Arena in Panevėžys, Lithuania.