Photograph by Brian Hodes
It is with a heavy heart we learned longtime NBC and Amgen Tour of California commentator Paul Sherwen passed away on December 2 at his home in Kampala, Uganda. He was 62 years old.
Sherwen, a former professional cyclist in his own right, left behind an unmatched legacy respected by all in the cycling community and beyond. He began his professional racing career in 1985, winning two simultaneous British road race championships. He then turned to race commentary, and Amgen Tour of California fans know him as the voice of the annual race alongside co-announcer Phil Liggett. The two also teamed to commentate a total of 33 Tour de France editions. The two friends were inseparable and rarely seen apart.
“I went to bed in Africa with a heavy heart last night feeling sadness like never before,” Liggett wrote on Twitter after Sherwen’s passing. “My teammate for 33 years was no longer with me. Your hundreds of messages showed how well Paul Sherwen was loved. Let's think of Katherine and his children with love just now.”
Always smiling and personable, Sherwen brought joy to everyone around him. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on forever.
Amgen Tour of California President, Kristin Klein beautifully expressed:
“Paul has been a part of our Amgen Tour of California family since the very beginning. We knew him on the road as a true professional, one of cycling’s greatest advocates and someone who brought color and joy to legions of fans who tuned in for his take on the race. He did the same behind the scenes, always helping us to laugh our way through some of the most harried moments - he was just a wonderful soul and friend who I will miss dearly each May and throughout the year. My love to his family, and we thank you for sharing Paul with all of us.”