What makes a great cycling TV commentator?
I quite like Sherwen and Ligget.Posted 4 years ago
I know they talk drivel quite often, but that pair doing the Vuelta just now remind me of the sort of commentary you used to get on Grandstand when they’d run out of money for proper sports and could only cover some mid-winter cyclocross race in Norfolk.mogrimMember
The Spanish commentators are excellent, a professional journalist (Carlos de Andres) and Perico Delgado.
What makes them great? Knowledge, a good rapport, they know when to talk about the race and when to talk crap about the chateaux they’re showing on the helicopter TV feed.Posted 4 years agoEd2001Member
Duffield could be entertaining but often not in a good way, too many left field anecdotes and bizarre trivia about french cheese but on occasion I do miss his inane ramblings.However Harmon (+ Kelly or Backstead) is excellent IMO a real enthusiast which is what makes a good commentator.Hopefully he will get better soon and be back instead of the cretinous Carlton Kirby.Posted 4 years agobob_summersMember
Agree about the Spanish RTVE commentators. Perico’s calls are usually spot on (though so are Kelly’s), and when they have to waffle about some village or Chateau they don’t pretend that they actually know the place intimately and they’re not really reading it off a sheet 😉Posted 4 years agomatthewjbSubscriber
Just combine all the qualities of Liggett, Sherwen and Carlton Kirby. And then take the opposite.
I hate Phil & Paul. But mostly because of their stance on doping rather than their rubbish commentary.
As others have said, Dave Harmon is good. Sadly he’s been sidelined by ill health. I generally enjoy him and Kelly.
The best ones you don’t notice.Posted 4 years ago
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