Fan Club: Ian Boswell
We're just getting to know Ian Boswell but we already like him, a lot.
We’re just getting to know Ian Boswell but we already like him, a lot. First of all he’s from Bend, Oregon and we’re from Portland, Oregon. Second of all, today in the Sacramento DoubleTree parking lot over by the dumpster, we talked about High School rodeo teams, a haunted house in Vermont that was built in 1785, and how the song “Red Solo Cups” by Toby Keith represents a surprisingly accurate portrayal of American life. All in the first five minutes! And Ian had a surfboard in his hand! Here are a couple more things you should know about Ian.
- We emailed him a well-researched (by Klaus) Fan Club interview 8 days ago and he completed it in less than 24 hours. See below.
- After today’s photoshooting with him in the parking lot of the DoubleTree we’re friends.
- He is proud to be an American. In fact, it comes up a lot for him in various interviews around the internet. It’s clearly something that’s on his mind.
- He is Team Sky’s GC for the 2017 TdC. Or he’s “one” of Team Sky’s GCs for the 2017 TdC. He was a little bit vague on the matter. Whatever, in our hearts and minds he’s our GC for the 2017 TdC regardless.
- He’s GC, he’s American on a British Team, California is mostly in America, we American (for the time being), clearly we needed to focus on Ian over the course of this race.
- Working in partnership with Team Sky and Castelli, we’ve set-up a series of interviews with Ian at the start of each Stage of the 2017 TdC.
- The theme: What is it like to be an American athlete on British Team competing in a Eurocentric sport?
- More soon.
II Twenty Questions™ with Ian Boswell
My first cycling poster was either a poster of the Cascade Cycling Classic or a poster of Tyler Hamilton that I pulled out of a magazine.
9/10 for pure dependability and style. I loved it. Miss driving it.
I have not a clue why they like it. In my first year with the team I tried to get into it, but after listening to that noise all morning I just felt tired by the time the race actually started. In all it has to be days on end of listening.
Take an old (cleaned out jam jar), add two teaspoons of alfalfa seeds and water. Cut an old mesh undershirt (one that has been crashed in works well) to fit over the open mouth of the jar. Use a rubber band to hold the undershirt in place. Let the seeds sit in water for 8 hours then drains and leave upside down. Every 12 hours fill the jar to wet the seeds, then return to an upside down resting place to drain. Repeat till the seeds sprout then eat!
Fajitas, fish tacos, mole.
That’s true, my first and probably still most-expensive single purchase (I drive cheap cars) I have made was a Rocket Espresso machine I bought as a neo-pro. Nice is my home, and I do think that’s in large part due to having my coffee machine there.
I got a few sets of sushi socks last year in Japan from some very kind fans!
I love music and cooking. I don’t watch much TV, in fact I don’t have cable in Nice. Nutrition has become such a key part of performance and with my passion for cooking, I’d say I spend a good 2-3 hours a day in the kitchen. I am always trying new recipes and dishes with my girlfriend. We even theme the music playing to the cuisine we’re cooking!
My daily tunes are much more Americana/Folk/Country/Classic rock. Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Robert Earl Keen. I am no longer allowed to play my music on the bus.
There are a few that are hard for the Euros to understand: owning a gun, American football, legalised marijuana in Oregon.
I haven’t progressed much on my guitar. I have a travel electric guitar with a small keg amp; I thought I would travel with it to races but I never have room in my suitcase. I do pick it up at home now and again though. Been working on a few Bob Dylan songs, though I wouldn’t say I am very good.
“Free Falling” by Tom Petty.
On stage 1 it’s a 2/10, but by stage 10 it’s 10/10. It helps me stay organised and keeps my suitcase in order. The last thing I want to do after a hard stage is unpack my whole suitcase to find a pair of socks.
Nope. I spent a lot of time on the couch watching that TV and falling asleep to bike races being televised in Flemish.
I had chickenpox as a kid. My brother Austin and I had it at the same time. I got shingles this spring, which is the same virus, it can come back later in life. I hope I don’t have it again.
I did. In 2012 I was at his house before the U23 LBL. He was helping me plot my tactics, so I opened up Strava to get a better picture of what climbs we raced and the length of the climbs. I’m sure he thought it was a bit to technical, however the sport and the process by which we recon races has evolved.
We talk about sunburn, sensitive skin, and missing patches of freckles from crashes.
I sign with my real signature and follow it up with a smiley face. Why..? Not sure, guess I’m just happy to be racing and living my childhood dream.
That’s hard. Depends on the mood I’m in. If I need a little twang I’ll listen to the Dixie Chicks, if I am feeling more original I’ll listen to Fleetwood Mac.
The Boz was just a name given to me and its stuck. I think it’s simple and easy, though some of the Euro carers write it “ BOSS”, which I wouldn’t want to be my nickname. I am not the Boss.
- The Boz (Brian Bosworth, Seattle Seahawks linebacker)
- T-Boz (Tionne Watkins, from the R&B group TLC)
- The Boss (rollercoaster at Six Flags St Louis)
- The Boss (2016 comedy staring Melissa McCarthy)
- Ross The Boss (Ross Friedman, founding member of the heavy metal band Manowar)