Cycling community comes together to remember Paul Sherwen

A range of figures from the world of cycling came together in Manchester on Wednesday to remember former professional cyclist and commentator Paul Sherwen.

From riders and team managers to broadcasters and race organisers, Sherwen's broad range of friends and colleagues joined his family for a memorial service at the Manchester Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon.

Sherwen, a former professional racer in the 1980s and later the voice of ITV's Tour de France coverage alongside Phil Liggett, died on December 2 at the age of 62.

The turnout for the memorial, which followed a funeral in Sherwen's adopted home country of Uganda, once again showcased the impact Sherwen made on so many people's lives. There were more than 250 people gathered in the cathedral, including members of the public and cycling fans. Addressing the congregation, Liggett revealed he'd received more than 10,000 messages on Twitter in the three days that followed Sherwen's death.

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Patrick Fletcher
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2022 he has been Deputy Editor, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.