‘Hard to Process’: Cycling World Mourns 28-Year-Old Star Athletes’ Shocking Death

Published 03/11/2022, 11:27 AM EST

Shock gripped the athletic and cycling world after news of the demise of a young athlete came out. Scottish cyclist John Paul passed away two days ago at the age of just twenty-eight.

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Formerly a member of the Great Britain cycling team, John Paul was also a former junior world champion in 2011. Furthermore, he was also the junior European champion in the sprint and Keirin events in the same year.

Moreover, he also repeated his Keirin championship success in 2012. With the news of his sudden demise shaking the world, fans from across the globe have reacted to his passing.

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Fans react to Scottish cycling athlete John Paul’s sudden demise

Not only did John Paul’s demise shock athletes all over the world, but fans as well. In that vein, many fans took to Twitter to express shock and condolences over the sad news.

Firstly, the official Twitter handle of Scottish Cycling sent out thoughts to Paul’s family and friends. Additionally, it mentioned how Paul represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. Moreover, Scottish Cycling also called Paul a “wonderful person on and off the bike”.

“Hard to process this tragic news,” a Twitter user wrote, describing how he spent many hours with Paul’s father.

Elite cyclist Katie Archibald, who represents Great Britain and Scotland in cycling events, too, poured her heart out. She shared how she looked up to John and her “heart aches to consider” his family’s agony.

In fact, even fourteen-time World Champion cyclist Neil Fachie expressed how tragic the news was. He called John Paul an “immense talent” and “a genuinely nice guy”.

Lusia Steele, another Scottish cycling sprinter who represents Great Britain, called Paul “a true legend of the game”. Moreover, she also described how all riders and staff loved and admired John Paul. “You’ll always be with us,” Steele wrote.

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People reminisce over John Paul’s personality

A user on Twitter shared how “kind, funny, and ludicrously talented” John Paul was. Additionally, she expressed how the “universal admiration and respect” for Paul was completely right.

2016 Olympic medalist Callum Skinner, too, took to Twitter to express disdain over John Paul’s demise. Calling Paul “a guy who marched to the beat of his own drum,” Skinner called him a good friend.

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Furthermore, yet another user expressed how John Paul was a genuine individual and one of life’s good guys”.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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