Sadhbh O’Shea

by La Course En Tête

Born in Ireland, I lived in the cycling hotbed that is the Isle of Man.

It is there that I fell in love with the sport of cycling, largely thanks to my cycling-mad dad. I raced along some well-known Manx riders in my youth but I knew pretty early on that I was not going to make a career out of it. I still spent most of the hours I was supposed to be revising for school exams watching racing on the television.

My passion for writing led me to study sport journalism at university and would eventually bring me back to cycling. I spent the 2010 Tour de France as an intern at Eurosport in Paris and (after a brief return to the Isle of Man) I went on to become a staff writer at Procycling Magazine in 2012. I joined its sister publication Cyclingnews about 18 months later. My other credits include a guest appearance as an expert for the BBC’s BeSpoke podcast, an announcer at the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire and a TV interviewer for the Women’s Tour.

Over the years, I have covered six Tours de France, two Vueltas, countless monuments and once got lost on Mt Teide. Since June 2019, I have been working for the BBC on the Isle of Man. These days most of my time is spent questioning politicians but cycling is never too far away from my mind. I love all racing but I have a special place in my heart for the cobbled classics, particularly the Tour of Flanders. I believe women’s racing should be given equal treatment to men’s racing. I am happy to see it finally getting the recognition it deserves but there is still a long way to go.