154: Remembering Paul Sherwen

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154: Remembering Paul Sherwen

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December 6 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe remember Paul Sherwen, who died at the weekend aged 62. Sherwen was a pioneering rider – heading to France to make it as a professional in the late 1970s when very few British or English-speaking riders managed to make that breakthrough. He was the first of the 'second wave' of English-speakers to tackle the Tour de France and he paved the way for the likes of Graham Jones, Sean Yates and Robert Millar, as well as Phil Anderson and Allan Peiper from Australia. Sherwen rode the Tour seven times for the Fiat and La Redoute teams, finishing it five times, he was twice British national champion, and when he retired he was a directeur sportif for the iconic Raleigh-Banana team. But he is perhaps best known to millions of British, American and Australian cycling fans as one half of the television commentary double-act he formed with Phil Liggett. For successive generations of cycling fans he has been a friendly, welcoming voice for newcomers discovering a complex sport. He was also one of the first team press officers, with the Motorola team in the early 1990s, and – having been brought up in Kenya – he returned to Africa and lived in Uganda, where his passion for the people and the countryside was obvious to everyone who met him. In this episode we hear from Sherwen's great friend and colleague Phil Liggett, from contemporaries from his early professional years, John Herety, Sean Yates and Tim Harris, from journalist Luke Edwardes-Evans, American rider Ian Boswell and François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui. The Cycling Podcast is supported by **Rapha** and **Science in Sport**. **BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST** Our final Friends of the Podcast episode for 2018 will be out very soon. It's on the subject of how to survive retirement and features Fabian Cancellara, Juan Antonio Flecha and many more. The idea was proposed by Friend of the Podcast Stephen Harris, who guest edited the episode. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) It's £15 to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2018 and it will give you access to 15 feature-length episodes, plus the Kilometre 0 series from the 2018 Giro d'Italia, the Espoirs Diary series recorded by Keira McVitty and Calvert Churchill and other bonus episodes. The 2019 Friends of the Podcast series will kick off with the Grand Tour Diaries audiobook released in mid-December. **THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS** If you're looking for a cycling challenge over the festive period, why not take part in Rapha's Festive 500\. Already almost 30,000 people have [registered on Strava](https://www.strava.com/challenges/rapha-festive-500-2018). The challenge is to ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (inclusive). If you can't manage 500km you can still take part and so how far you can ride. **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) and entering the code SISCP25 on checkout. **EPISODE SPONSOR** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Harry's. If you would like to get your free trial set (paying just £3.95 for delivery) go to [harrys.com/cycling](www.harrys.com/cycling) – get shaving today with Harry's razors. **GET IN TOUCH** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email [email protected] Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
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December 6 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe remember Paul Sherwen, who died at the weekend aged 62. Sherwen was a pioneering rider – heading to France to make it as a professional in the late 1970s when very few British or English-speaking riders managed to make that breakthrough. He was the first of the 'second wave' of English-speakers to tackle the Tour de France and he paved the way for the likes of Graham Jones, Sean Yates and Robert Millar, as well as Phil Anderson and Allan Peiper from Australia. Sherwen rode the Tour seven times for the Fiat and La Redoute teams, finishing it five times, he was twice British national champion, and when he retired he was a directeur sportif for the iconic Raleigh-Banana team. But he is perhaps best known to millions of British, American and Australian cycling fans as one half of the television commentary double-act he formed with Phil Liggett. For successive generations of cycling fans he has been a friendly, welcoming voice for newcomers discovering a complex sport. He was also one of the first team press officers, with the Motorola team in the early 1990s, and – having been brought up in Kenya – he returned to Africa and lived in Uganda, where his passion for the people and the countryside was obvious to everyone who met him. In this episode we hear from Sherwen's great friend and colleague Phil Liggett, from contemporaries from his early professional years, John Herety, Sean Yates and Tim Harris, from journalist Luke Edwardes-Evans, American rider Ian Boswell and François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui. The Cycling Podcast is supported by **Rapha** and **Science in Sport**. **BECOME A FRIEND OF THE PODCAST** Our final Friends of the Podcast episode for 2018 will be out very soon. It's on the subject of how to survive retirement and features Fabian Cancellara, Juan Antonio Flecha and many more. The idea was proposed by Friend of the Podcast Stephen Harris, who guest edited the episode. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends) It's £15 to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2018 and it will give you access to 15 feature-length episodes, plus the Kilometre 0 series from the 2018 Giro d'Italia, the Espoirs Diary series recorded by Keira McVitty and Calvert Churchill and other bonus episodes. The 2019 Friends of the Podcast series will kick off with the Grand Tour Diaries audiobook released in mid-December. **THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS** If you're looking for a cycling challenge over the festive period, why not take part in Rapha's Festive 500\. Already almost 30,000 people have [registered on Strava](https://www.strava.com/challenges/rapha-festive-500-2018). The challenge is to ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (inclusive). If you can't manage 500km you can still take part and so how far you can ride. **Discount code:** Listeners to The Cycling Podcast can get 25% off their Science In Sport energy products by going to [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) and entering the code SISCP25 on checkout. **EPISODE SPONSOR** Thank you to our episode sponsors, Harry's. If you would like to get your free trial set (paying just £3.95 for delivery) go to [harrys.com/cycling](www.harrys.com/cycling) – get shaving today with Harry's razors. **GET IN TOUCH** We love hearing from our listeners. Send your questions and comments to us by email [email protected] Find us on Facebook, Instagram or send us a tweet @cycling_podcast
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