“The voice of cycling”, English cycling commentator and journalist Phil Liggett was born in Bebington on the Wirral on 11 August 1943 and surprisingly only rode a bike as a child to go fishing. Eventually, after much persuasion to ride more competitively, was hooked and developed a driving ambition to be a pro cyclist as a teenager.
As an amateur, Liggett rode for various teams while working at Chester Zoo – the start of his wildlife fascination – and as a trainee accountant.
After declining a pro cycling contract, Liggett continued his involvement in cycling through the world of journalism that then progressed to his role as cycling commentator for all major pro cycling events, including the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, the Cape Epic and the likes.
So meaningful has Liggett’s contribution been to the cycling industry the world over that in 2009 he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.
Liggett spends most of his leisure time in South Africa, where he has a house in the Western Cape and a game farm near the Kruger National Park so is very aware of the current issues threatening the rhino with extinction.
In 2014 Liggett joined the UK based Helping Rhinos campaign as a patron, a role he and his wife, Trish – a trustee of the organisation, hope will help in the spread of awareness and raising of the necessary resources that will make a real difference in the fight against rhino poaching.