Our pro riders spend a lot, really, a lot of time away from home. If you take an average of 80-90 race days a season, plus travel days on either side, training camps and more, generally any sense of home exists within the suitcase. Ian Boswell knows this routine well and over his years has refined his arsenal to ensure his time on the road is as seamless as possible. We caught up with Ian at The Tour of the Basque Country to find out the items he always brings. Of course as well, when he’s racing and training his kit is equally as important, and he shared his thoughts on the three items of kit (besides knicks and a jersey) that he never leaves home without.
Life Essential 1: Hydroflask:
"For my birthday I received a hydro flask from my Mother. It's a company from near where I grew up in Bend, Oregon. Its a type of thermos, and in the past year I’ve become a pretty serious tea drinker. Not the classic black tea, but more herbal teas: sleepy time tea in the evenings and a lot of green tea. So I always travel with my thermos. I keep it in my backpack so I’ve always got it on hand."
Kit Essential 1: Lightweight Rain Jacket:
"My first KATUSHA Sports kit essential is the lightweight rain jacket that came out this spring. I think thats been the most useful tool in both training and racing, simply for its versatility, its warmth, its ability to keep me dry, and its convenience to put away in a pocket.
The last thing you want in racing is to be aware of extras... you put this in your back pocket and you don’t even know its there. Same thing for training- we carry everything we need to have with us, so to be able to keep this in the back pocket, throw it on at the top of a climb... I’ve been using it even when its not raining just as an extra layer for descending. It's great to FINALLY have a rain jacket that is waterproof but also breathable."
Life Essential 2: Bialetti:
And when I’ve had too much tea, I have an electronic bialetti coffee machine. I bring that to most races because I enjoy an espresso before going to breakfast, especially at races with a later start... just to sit in bed and have a coffee before going downstairs.”
Kit Essential 2: Soft-shell Gloves:
"My second item would have to be the thin fleece gloves - the soft-shell gloves. This spring has been pretty cold and I tend to get cold hands. It feels like you are wearing nothing but keeps my hands warm in all sorts of conditions even in the wet."
Life Essential 3: Earplugs:
"The third thing is earplugs. I don’t need them at home but at races we never know where we are going to stay, or who the roommate will be and it's important to get quality sleep on a race especially. It's an easy solution to not having a poor nights sleep. A couple years ago I had a teammate who I was rooming with who was snoring, and speaking in his sleep. It got so bad that I had my headphones in with music on, and a pillow over my head trying to sleep, and I could still hear him. Once you hear it, you kind of can’t un-hear the rhythm of it."
Kit Essential 3:Undershirts:
I’ve been really happy with the range of base layers we have with KATUSHA Sports... Especially the one with the wind proof front. When I was a junior I used to have this bib thing that I tucked under my bib shorts straps, but this layer does it all in one and exactly what I want with the wind stopper front. Most of the time we want breathability off the back but to block the windchill from the front. It's perfect for that. But really there is just such a big range... the long sleeve seamless one - it makes me look super fit! It's snug, with ergonomic patterns on it... the lines and patterns, it makes me look skinnier, but more muscular at the same time."
Photos: Peloton Brief