Paul first started competitive road cycling in 1999 while studying Physical Education at University of Otago. He graduated in 2001 with first class honours (Exercise Prescription )and has since trained as a Secondary School Teacher and Cycle Coach (BikeNZ Level 1). All the while Paul has competed successfully in national and international road cycling events gaining recognition as a top domestic road cyclist.
Racing highlights for Paul have been riding for the Trek/Zookeepers team helping Hayden Roulston win the 2007 and 2008 Tour of Southland titles. Other highlights include winning a stage of the Trust House Tour of Wairarapa, a silver medal in the Elite Nationals time trial (2008), first overall in the 2007 Benchmark Homes series and four individual rounds since its inception in 2005.
Paul is currently the director of his own business - Odlin Cycle Coaching, which is aimed at coaching and mentoring beginner to elite level cyclists to achieving their potential. His services provide one-on-one off-the-bike personal mentoring, internet based individualised programmes, and riding with his athletes in group rides.