Initially working as a mechanic, Tom Davids joined the ranks of Team Sunweb in 2006. In 2011 his role changed, and Tom became the team’s Research and Development Expert, where he works with all technical partners developing the latest innovations and improving products. “The development of materials is a never-ending process, which makes my job really challenging but exciting.”
In cycling, innovative equipment and technology is crucial. Tom’s job becomes more important each year, as the sport and those around it continue to progress. “The races where equipment plays an even bigger part of the game are main goals. For example, time trials and team time trials, when the difference can come down to hundredths of a second.”
In a team that is continually evolving and striving towards success, motivation is key. “The team gets stronger each year, not only with results but the team itself expands. Seeing the progress and steps we had made over the years really motivates me.”
A keen cyclo-cross rider himself, it’s no surprise that Tom’s favourite race is Paris-Roubaix. On his day’s off you can find him riding his Giant TCX, drinking Belgian beers in his hometown Nijmegan, and relaxing with his girlfriend watching Netflix.