Tom Boshell (ToBo)

Ride Group: F4

Forge London CC | Member photo - Tom Boshell

What kind of rider are you?

I have cycled most of my life but took up road cycling seriously after being inspired by the London 2012 Olympics Games and the success of the British team. Since then I have not looked back and enjoy every part of cycling, from commuting to racing, mechanics to taking artsy photos, you name it I’ve dabbled.

How often do you ride?

From spring to autumn you’ll probably find me on the bike most days, unless I’m hungover (which is often) or it’s a monsoon outside. The introduction of Zwift however has got me “riding” a fair few days in winter now.

Why do you ride?

There is an endless list of positive reasons I cycle. The main one being my health. I have suffered with many health issues during my life including crohns and having my bowel removed, pneumonia and being put in a coma, and more recently being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes!  It’s safe to say without cycling I likely wouldn’t be here today as it’s kept me going.

On top of keeping me healthy I love that cycling let’s me meet amazing people with the same passion as me, making friends for life, challenge myself everyday and essentially just have bloody great fun.

Do you have any cycling targets this year?

Last year at the end of the season I finally took the plunge into London’s crit racing scene and loved it. So this year I’m aiming to get down to as many races as I can and who knows, maybe jump up a category.
On top of all the racing, given that traveling and events have been limited the past couple of years, I’m looking forward to taking part in some sportives like the return of the Ride London 100 and my first time to the cycling haven that is Girona.

When you’re not cycling, what do you get up to?

If I’m not in a hospital or a pub you’ll likely find me down by Teddington Lock, a beautiful spot on the river Thames, where I spend my time building Lego as my mates would say as an Architect.

I’ve also this year finally decided to join the RNLI crew down at Teddington and very excited to get my training underway.