DiscoverThe Cycling Podcast154: Remembering Paul Sherwen
154: Remembering Paul Sherwen

154: Remembering Paul Sherwen

Update: 2018-12-06
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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.



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James Warrener

rip Paul Sherwen

Dec 7th
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Inver Darroch

I listened to Sherwen and Liggett because my Dad did when he watched the TdF. My Dad had a Flying Scot bike and I inherited my love of TdF because of him and P&P’s commentary. I honour my Dad’s memory by watching the TdF and it will never be the same without the two Ps’ travelogue.

Dec 6th
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7: Katusha-Alpecin's reboot

2019-02-0701:07:252

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This episode of The Cycling Podcast features an extended interview by Richard Moore with Dan Bigham, John Archibald, Jacob Tipper and Jonathan Wale of the Huub Wattbike team that has been ruffling feathers on the track.At the weekend, they won the national team pursuit title and their rider John Archibald rode a 4-09 in the 4,000-metre individual pursuit, which gives him the second and third fastest times in history as well as the fastest at sea level.Richard hears how the self-styled disruptors from the People's Republic of Derbados – or Derby as it's more commonly known – are taking a maverick yet scientific approach to going as fast as possible.They explain why they are aiming high and hope to break the world team pursuit, individual pursuit and Hour Records in the next couple of years. They also explain why their route to World and Olympic medals might be more complicated.It's a fascinating listen.We also recap what's been going on in the world of professional cycling as the 2019 road season begins to get going. And we discuss Iljo Keisse's inappropriate gesture when posing for a photograph which led to his disqualification from the Vuelta a San Juan for bringing the event into disrepute.Finally in this bumper episode – and continuing the track racing theme – we hear from Lotto-Soudal's Victor Campenaerts about his plan to tackle Bradley Wiggins's Hour Record.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.**OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** have begun to unveil additions to their 2019 range, including their Explore shoes, which are perfect for bikepacking, and a range designed by the legendary Paul Smith. [**Rapha.cc**](www.rapha.cc)**Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [http://www.scienceinsport.com](http://www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out.We are delighted to welcome our episode sponsors this week – **Laka**. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to [www.laka.co.uk](www.laka.co.uk) to find out more.**FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** We'd like to thank everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019\. Your support keeps these episodes free for all to enjoy. The second of our 11 special episodes is online now. It's called Jumbo-Visma: Chasing Sky and takes us behind the scenes at the Dutch team that has quietly evolved into a serious contender for the Grand Tours. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
5: Deja vu Down Under
In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast the regular hosts, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, discuss the first World Tour race of the 2019 season, the Tour Down Under, won by South African Daryl Impey.There are interviews with Tim Declercq of Deceunink-Quick-Step and Pascal Eenkhoorn of Team Jumbo-Visma. Declercq discusses the prospects of his new teammate, Remco Evenepoel, the 18-year-old sensation who is set to make his professional debut at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina. Eeckhoorn, just 21, is another exciting talent and the Dutchman is about to start his second season having won two races in his first.In the final part we hear from Petr Vakoc, the Czech rider who was hit by a vehicle while training in South Africa a year ago. Vakoc suffered terrible injuries but now, after a full year out, he is poised to return to racing in Argentina.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport**SPONSORS****Rapha** have released the third episode of Gone Racing, behind the scenes with EF-Education First. EF Gone Racing | Rapha**Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [http://www.scienceinsport.com](https://www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out.**The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting CYCLING to 78070**FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST**Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries now. We will release at least 10 more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)

5: Deja vu Down Under

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3: A fresh start for Caleb Ewan and a reboot for Bob Jungels
The 2019 road racing season is underway in Australia and Caleb Ewan got off to the perfect start, winning the People's Choice Classic, his first race in Lotto-Soudal colours before the Tour Down Under began.We hear from Ewan about how he hopes to return to peak form after a disappointing final year with Mitchelton-Scott where his sprinting ambitions got squeezed out as the team focused on their Grand Tour prospects instead.We also hear from Deceuninck-Quick Step's Bob Jungels. The Luxembourg champion won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in stunning fashion last April and built his summer around the Tour de France. He talks about the tension that crept in and how the experience of riding the Tour became almost suffocating at times. Now he wants to return to the Giro d'Italia and rediscover the joy of racing for a high place in the overall classification.**The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.****OUR SPONSORS Rapha** will unveil the new EF Education First jersey at the first World Tour race of the season, the Tour Down Under. [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc)**Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [www.scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out.**The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070****FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries now. We will release at least 10 more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)
2: Dumoulin's Giro ambitions
Join Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe as The Cycling Podcast returns for the 2019 season with a look at Team Sunweb and Tom Dumoulin's plans for the Grand Tours.We hear from the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion about why he's focusing on the Italian Grand Tour this season. We also hear from Team Sunweb's trainer Hendrik Werner and new signing Nicolas Roche.**The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.****OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** will unveil the new EF Education First jersey at the first World Tour race of the season, the Tour Down Under. [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at [www.scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com)Use the code **SISCP25** when you reach the check-out.**The Economist** also sponsors this episode. For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting CYCLE to 78070**FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST** Everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019 can download the four-part, four-hour audiobook The Grand Tour Diaries now. We will release at least 10 more episodes over the course of the year. It costs £15 to become a Friend at [www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends](www.thecyclingpodcast.com/friends)

2: Dumoulin's Giro ambitions

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1: Explore | Episode 7 | Riding and racing
We kick off 2019 with the seventh and final episode of Explore, our series looking at the worlds of bikepacking, endurance and ultra endurance riding.Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop are joined by Richard Moore to look back at the highlights of the series and look forward to the way the world's of professional racing and endurance events may collide in future. We hear from Simon Mottram, the founder and boss of Rapha, who are attempting to alter the relationship between riding and racing with their sponsorship of the EF Education First World Tour team. How does Mottram see things evolving in the future?And we speak to EF Education First's new signing Lachlan Morton, who turned pro for the team when they were Garmin-Sharp, slipped out of the World Tour and, to a degree, lost his passion for the sport before rediscovering it, partly thanks to a bikepacking trip in Australia.Lotto-Soudal pro riders Tim Wellens and Thomas De Gendt set off on their own unsupported ride at the end of the season. They undertook the ultimate commute – riding home from 'work' after their final World Tour race, Il Lombardia, crossing Europe and arriving home in Belgium.And we hear from Laurens Ten Dam who has kept his love of cycling alive with regular rides outside his usual diet of racing and training. Plus there's Hannah's experiences of the granddady of the cyclo-sportives, the Etape du Tour in the summer, Hannah and Producer Tom give an update on their Festive 500 attempts, and Lionel comes up with a mad-cap twist on luxury bikepacking as his target for 2019.That brings our debut season of Explore to a conclusion – we'll return with more adventures later in the year. Explore by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha, Science In Sport and The Economist.**THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS** **Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking. Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere. Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc) **Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code SISCP25 at check-out. **The Economist** For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE to 78070**
161: Christmas drinks with Dan Lloyd
December 23 | Our 161st and final free-to-air episode of 2018 is a twist on the semi-regular Lunch With series. Join Lionel Birnie for Christmas drinks with Dan Lloyd.Lionel met Dan at the Dancing Man Brewery in Southampton for a beer, a bite to eat and a conversation about his life and career. Okay, these were early Christmas drinks – recorded in mid-November but the Christmas decorations were up.Dan started cycling riding a mountain bike, switched to the road and made steady progress towards a professional career at the very top level. He rode the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France for Cervélo but many people now will know him as one of the lead presenters on Global Cycling Network.Also in this episode we thank everyone who has helped us on The Cycling Podcast this year. From producers to sponsors and everyone else who contributes in some way to keeping podcast show on the road, we are very grateful. Most of all, thank you to our listeners. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.The Cycling Podcast will return on New Year's Day with the seventh – bonus – episode of the Explore series before regular coverage of professional cycling resumes in early January.**The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.****THANK YOU TO OUR EPISODE SPONSORS Beer52** is a craft beer club. If you'd like to sample a free box of eight great beers (for just the price of delivery) go to [beer52.com/cycle](www.beer52.com/cycle)
160: Explore | Episode 6 | Remembering Mike Hall + Riding Around the World
December 21 | Episode 6This episode of Explore tells two stories.In the first half, Lionel Birnie travels to mid-Wales to meet Anna Haslock, race director of the Transcontinental Race and partner of the late Mike Hall, who founded the event.It brings the debut series of Explore full circle. In episode one we met James Hayden, winner of the Transcontinental Race two years running, and in episode two we spoke to Rupert Guinness, who was riding the Indian Pacific Wheel Race when Mike was killed. Mike's influence has been felt far and wide in the world of endurance cycling.Mike inspired so many people in the world of bikepacking, so we wanted to find out more about his life and legacy.In part two, we hear from the current round the world record holders. Jenny Graham has recenly become the fastest woman to ride round the world, riding unsupported, and taking 124 days. And Mark Beaumont is the fastest man to ride round the world, completing his supported ride in 78 days in 2017\.This sixth episode of Explore is not the end of the debut season – Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop will be back on January 1 with a bonus seventh episode.**Explore by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.****RUNNING ORDER****Part 1:** Anna Haslock, race director of the Transcontinental Race on the event and Mike Hall's life and legacy.**Part 2:** (from 52:00) Around the world with record-breakers Jenny Graham and Mark Beaumont.**THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS****Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking.Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere. Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc)**Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.scienceinsport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out.**The Economist**For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
158: Explore | Episode 5 | The TransAtlantic Way
December 14 | Episode 5This episode of Explore with Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop focuses on the TransAtlantic Way in Ireland featuring two riders who took part this year, Laura Scott and Simon Gill.The TransAtlantic Way is an unsupported ride that goes from Dublin to Derry (with riders choosing their own route for the first leg) before following the Wild Atlantic Way all the way round the west coast of Ireland finishing near Cork in the south of the country.Laura Scott has taken on self endurance rides, both supported and unsupported and in her interview with Hannah, she talks about how her attempt at the TransAm – which crosses the USA – got off to a disastrous start and how she had to ride through the pain barrier for another 2,500 kilometres before having to scratch.Her next big unsupported ride was the TransAtlantic Way in Ireland. She talks about what drew her into the world of endurance cycling, how she sets her targets and the ups and downs along the way.We also hear from her coach Dean Downing – former national criterium champion – about how to prepare for an endurance ride.And Adrian O'Sullivan, the organiser of the TransAtlantic Way, explains why he now describes his event as a ride rather than a race.Simon Gill – better known to listeners of The Cycling Podcast as Simon the Photographer – also rode the TransAtlantic Way and we hear his thoughts on the event recorded while on the road and with the benefit of hindsight.**Explore is supported by Rapha, Science In Sport and The Economist.****RUNNING ORDER****Part 1:** Laura Scott on her experiences in the TransAm and TransAtlantic Way featuring contributions from TransAtlantic Way organiser Adrian O'Sullivan and Laura's coach, ex-pro rider Dean Downing.**Part 2:** (from 1:10:00) Simon Gill's adventures round Ireland with a mostly unused tent.**THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS****Rapha** support The Cycling Podcast all year and that support has enabled us to get the wheels rolling on series one of Explore. They have developed a range of clothing and accessories that are perfect for the adventurous world of endurance riding and bikepacking.Rapha. Adventure Starts Anywhere. Check out Rapha’s Explore range at [rapha.cc](www.rapha.cc)**Science In Sport** are our other long-term supporters and if you are going to accept the challenge of a long multi-day ride, you need to get your nutrition right. Get 25 per cent off all Science In Sport energy drinks, bars and gels at [scienceinsport.com](www.sciencesport.com) by using the code **SISCP25** at check-out.**The Economist**For over 170 years, The Economist has delivered trustworthy intelligence that helps people like you choose where to stand on the issues that matter most. We are delighted to announce that The Economist is also supporting series one of Explore. All UK-based listeners can get a free print copy of The Economist by texting **CYCLE** to **78070**
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154: Remembering Paul Sherwen

154: Remembering Paul Sherwen

lionel birnie, daniel friebe, richard moore