Tom Southam

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Tom Southam
Personal information
Full name Tom Southam
Born (1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 35)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2003–2004 Amore e Vita
2005–2006 Barloworld
2007 Drapac–Porsche Development Program
2008 Team Halfords Bikehut[1]
2009–2011 Rapha Condor

Tom Southam (born 28 May 1981)[2] is a British former competitive cyclist from Penzance, Cornwall who competed professionally between 2003 and 2011. He represented Great Britain in five World Championships and rode in several UCI ProTour events.[3]

During the 2005 UCI Road World Championships in Madrid,[4] Southam agreed to join Charly Wegelius in riding under instructions for the Italian team rather than in support of longshot British leader Roger Hammond.[5] British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford stipulated that neither rider would ride for the British national team again.[1]

Southam has a master's degree in Professional Writing from University College Falmouth and co-wrote the book Domestique: The True Life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro with former team-mate Wegelius. The book was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 2013.[6] He has also written for magazines including Rouleur and Procycling. He retired from full-time racing in October 2011, remaining with his final team Rapha Condor–Sharp as their press officer.[7] He also worked as the team's assistant manager, twice guiding riders to overall victory in the Tour de Korea, before agreeing to join another former team, Drapac Professional Cycling, as sports director at the end of 2014.[8] In October 2016 it was announced that Southam would move to a directeur sportif role at Cannondale–Drapac for 2017 due to the merger of the Cannondale and Drapac squads.[9]

Palmarès[edit]

2002
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2004
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2nd Haut Anjou
2nd Trophy Trios Provinces
1st Stage of the Trophy Trios Provinces
2nd Tour de Gironde
20th Tour of Britain
7th King of the Mountains, Tour of Britain
2008
10th Grand Prix of Wales[10]
2009
1st Tour Series Criterium – Colchester

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birnie, Lionel (9 January 2008). "Southam Signs for Halfords Bikehut". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "An interview with Tom Southam". cyclingnews.com. 31 January 2005. 
  3. ^ "Press Release". Drapac. 
  4. ^ Elite Mens World Championship Road Race BritishCycling.org.uk, accessed 1 September 2009
  5. ^ Snowdon, Graham (13 October 2005). "Herety resigns over team tactics". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  6. ^ "MA Writing acclaim for novel 'Domestique'". University College Falmouth. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tom Southam - Press Officer". Rapha Condor-JLT. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vogels resigns as Drapac's sports director". sbs.com.au. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cannondale-Drapac announce Canty, Clarke and Scully signings". cyclingnews.com. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  10. ^ McManus, Gerry. "Downing at the double in Welsh weekend of racing". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 16 June 2014.