Many saddened that Paul Sherwen has died, aged 62
This news has been a shock to cyclists the world over as they have learnt they will not hear Paul Sherwen’s voice from the commentary box again. His “job” as a cycling commentator took Paul around the world for approximately 150 days of the year. Paul however, was at home in Kampala, Uganda when he died in his sleep. His family have released that it appears that Paul died of heart failure. There are selected tributes in the last section of this Blog for you to read.
Paul’s Involvement in Cycling
Paul Sherwen was Pro-rider from 1978 to 1987, and his commentary reflected his own experience and knowledge of the reality of the demands international cycling puts on riders. Paul was a tough competitor who rode the Tour de France seven times and conquered the One Day Classics of Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo.
Paul as a Cycling Commentator
Paul Sherwen brought to life countless International Cycling events for fans around the world for 33 years. You could have heard him when he was a cycling commentator for ABC Sports, ESPN or most recently on The NBC Sports Group. Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett were by far the most engaging commentating duo in sports communication.
This photo of Paul and Phil would be familiar sight to many
Together, Paul and Phil created such an atmosphere with their commentary and banter, that you almost felt you were at the event in person. Many cyclists were inspired by the voice of Paul Sherwen to ride the climbs he brought to life on the TV. I’ve met many Australian’s at local Cycle Closet store who were going to “travel half way across the world” to do so!
Selected Tributes to Paul
Soon after Paul’s death there was a post by Cycling Central (SBS). This article captures the spirit of Paul in text and photos AT THIS LINK.
Cycling Central also published a blog with quotes and thought from Stuart O’Grady, which is well worth a read and a share HERE!
A recent post by Alex Ballinger in Cycling Weekly, includes remarks from an interview with Phil Liggert. Access by clicking HERE. The photo below, from that story, triggers memories of listening to the lively commentary by Paul and Phil of many stages of the Tour de France.
Very soon after Paul died, there was a brief heartfelt post by BBC Sport. It includes the photo below of Paul in action commentating. So, even though you’ve seen the pic, it is still worth the click HERE to view and share with fellow riders.
So many pro-cyclists have posted their lasting impressions of Phil and the last post selected for you in this Blog is a tweet by Robbie McEwan of his reflections on Paul Sherwen HERE.
The voice and persona of Paul Sherwen will be missed. Vale Paul Sherwen.
(Blog by Barbara Carne, Cycle Closet Online Team Member)