John Paul is the 2013 ‘King of Spin’ and Ishbel Taromsari the new ‘Queen of Cadence’ after the pair completed a double triumph for Scotland in this year's Rollapaluza National Series finals, held at the Vibe Bar on Brick Lane in East London last Saturday 13 April.
The 20-year-old Paul was once a 100-metre runner, but inspired to switch to cycling after watching Chris Hoy win the kilo at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Last year, he came within a bike’s length of beating his hero in a heat of the Revolution Series – leaving another Athens medallist, Mickäel Bourgain of France, in third place.
In Saturday’s Rollapaluza National Season final at the conclusion of the fourth edition of the event, Paul beat Leeds-based Alex Moloney, who had qualified through the heat in Sheffield, posting a time of 19.71 seconds over the 500 metres, against his rival’s 20.73 seconds.
The women’s final – which unlike some big races featured equal prize money to the men’s event, with both also scooping plus clothing and luggage from sponsors U34 – saw Taromsari, who had qualified in Glasgow, upset the odds, putting in the second quickest ever Rollapaluza time by a female of 22.51 seconds to beat London’s Caroline Rennie.
You can find full results from the 2013 National Series as well as galleries of pictures on the Rollapaluza website.
John Paul - Scotland
Alex Moloney - Sheffield
Lloyd Gale-Ward - London
Greg Dickens - Manchester
Ishbel Taromsari - Scotland
Caroline Rennie - London
Samantha Ashman - Bristol
Lola Welch - London
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.