Chad has loved cycling for as long as he can remember. He started building ramps on his driveway with his brother on starter bikes, before creating bigger jumps on his BMX in the street. Before long he was racing.
A “durable” rider, Chad loves hard courses, as long as they aren’t too brutally steep. He has proven he can endure hard races, completing eight grand tours: “They can take me pretty much anywhere and I can handle it”.
Next season, he is already targeting more tough racing: “I’d love to help Tom however I can, I’ve loved being part of his grand tour successes. Personally, I am focused on the national time trial title, after a near miss last year.”
Now in his third season with Team Sunweb, Chad believes his defining quality is his introversion: “I love peace and quiet and a chance to think.” An intelligent rider, he is curious, likes to seek out new things and learn, and harbours a mentality that suits the team’s.
Chad was one of the riders involved in a car crash while training in Spain in 2016, and it was a mental battle to get back on a bike.
Away from racing, Chad likes to embark on a long end-of-season ride. This year he rode 343 kilometres, with 6500 metres of elevation, riding for a total of 12 hours. Away from cycling Chad enjoys reading, hiking with his wife Kate, drinking coffee, and playing the piano.