Tom Southam – Press Officer

Former Rapha Condor Sharp rider Tom Southam retired from full time racing in October of 2011, the end of what was his third season with the Rapha Condor Sharp team.

Southam grew up in Penzance in Cornwall but soon moved to Europe to follow his ambitions to be a professional racing cyclist. He rode for various foreign teams at amateur and Elite level before eventually turning professional in Italy. After three years in Italian teams, Southam moved to Australia and spent a season racing there before returning to race in the UK for his final seasons.

During his time at Rapha Condor Sharp he studied for an M.A. in Professional writing. This allowed him to combine his passion for cycling with his writing talent and contribute to various online and press publications including, Rouleur, The Manzine, Procycling, The Ride Review Australia, Bicycling Australia and Boneshaker Magazine.

In 2012 as well as working as the team’s Press Officer, Southam was involved in the project which took an in depth look at the lives of some of the young riders on the Rapha Condor Sharp team.

Tom Southam likes: Projects. Working late. ‘The decisive moment’. Punctuality. Salt. The Kensington Arms. Partying with chefs. The heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, love-making -Le-gen-dary E – Street – Band. Hummus. The Gaslight Anthem. Georgie. Bukowski. Hemingway. Bristol Ariel Rowing Club. Camille McMillan’s photography. Sitting at a table with no-one who speaks my language. Alcohol in most of its various guises. PVCC – n.o.r. 42 tooth inner ring. New Years Day in Bristol. Kurt Vonnegut. Old Vitus frames. My Folks. Cakes by Jon-Locke. Luke Frost. Danny Frost, Sir Terry Frost. My nephew. Breakfast in Melbourne. My mate Munners.