Paul Sherwen, former professional rider and cycling commentator, has died at 62.
Sherwen raced seven editions of the Tour de France before moving to commentating where he covered 33 more. He cemented his place as one of just a few voices of pro cycling who fans all over the world, and in particular in the United States and Australia, would turn to.
My first forays into viewing pro cycling were the World Cycling Productions tapes that came free with my Cycle Sport magazine subscription around the age of 13 or 14. That is until OLN started broadcasting entire races as the Lance Armstrong era reached its peak, finally cycling was on cable (albeit playing second fiddle to bass fishing segments.)
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Through it all, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (and Bobke) were the voices of the sport. Sherwen always did an outstanding job of explaining the nuances of every race and highlighted the thrill with his legendary, “This is it!”
I’m grateful not only for the years of entertainment but everything I learned about racing from his insightful commentary. Truly a sad day.