Paul Sherwen Project launches to carry on legacy of its namesake


Before his unexpected passing, Paul Sherwen was recognized around the world for his coverage of the Tour de France.

What people may not have known about was his connection to Uganda and his love for the Karamoja people, which began when Sherwen’s father took a job in the country when he was a child.

Sherwen continued to return to Uganda after his cycling career began, distributing bikes to children and training them in bicycle mechanics, and serving as the chairman of the Ugandan Conservation Foundation. He even led cycling-based safaris to drive tourism to the region.

“Paul was not just an ex-professional cyclist who rode the Tour de France seven times, but was also a conservationist and close friend and inspiration to the Karamoja people of Uganda,” his broadcast partner, Phil Liggett, said in a statement. “He conversed with them in fluent Swahili and was seen as a friend and mentor to this traditional community.”

Now, Sherwen’s legacy will continue in Uganda with the launch of The Paul Sherwen Project.

For over two years, a group of people, financed by donations from his fans around the world, have launched the program to help the people he was close to and also continue to finance The Paul Sherwen Classic, a cycling race now in its third year.

The project was launched officially on the eve of the 108th edition of the Tour de France in June 2021. With help from donations, an education center will be started to give the young women of Uganda a more secure start in life. More projects will follow.

To find out more, and to understand the work being done in Paul’s name, please visit,

Giro d’Italia to start on former railway line in Abruzzo

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L’AQUILA, Italy — The 2023 edition of the Giro d’Italia will start with an individual time trial on a coastal cycle path that has been recreated from a former railway line in the region of Abruzzo.

At a ceremony in the Abruzzo capital of L’Aquila, race organizers announced that the Grand Tour will run from May 6-28 and begin with an 18.4-kilometer (11.4-mile) time trial on the Adriatic coast.

Almost the entire time trial will be on the spectacular Costa dei Trabocchi cycle path that hugs the coast line before a short climb to the finish in Ortona.

“I am excited at the idea of the Grande Partenza (Big Start) of the Giro in Abruzzo . It is a dream come true, especially with regard to the prologue on the Costa dei Trabocchi,” said Trek-Segafredo cyclist Dario Cataldo, who is from the region.

“I well remember that when the cycle path project was born and I saw the first tracks, I imagined the beauty of a Giro d’Italia passing along the route. It looked perfect.”

Stage 2 is a 204-kilometer (127-mile) leg from Teramo to San Salvo that is hilly in the first part but expected to end in a bunch sprint.

Stage 3 will also start in the Abruzzo region, in Vasto, but it will then head south and will be detailed when the full route is revealed on Oct. 17 in Milan.

The Giro will also return to the region for Stage 7, a daunting climb on the Gran Sasso d’Italia to Campo Imperatore. The high mountain stage, on May 12, will be the edition’s first finish above 2,000 meters.

Australian Jai Hindley won this year’s Giro.

Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles

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WOLLONGONG, Australia – Soren Waerenskjold repeated Norway’s gold medal success at the world road cycling championships a day after Tobias Foss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.

Waerenskjold won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championships with a dominant performance. He clocked 34 minutes, 13.40 seconds over the 28.8-kilometer course to beat Belgian Alec Segaert by 16.34 seconds.

British rider Leo Hayter, the younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds off the pace for the bronze medal.

Foss beat a strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.

Norway has two gold medals, while Dutch ace Ellen van Dijk beat Australian Grace Brown to take out the women’ elite time trial.

The mixed relay time trial is set for Wednesday. The championships conclude on the weekend with the women’s road race on Saturday and the men’s on Sunday.