We received the following news today from Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team General Manager, Axel Merckx regarding Team rider Chad Young who suffered a bad crash during last Sunday’s Gila Monster stage while descending to the Cliff Dwellings.
“I am very sorry to let everyone know that Chad Young did not survive his crash last Sunday. He passed away Friday evening, surrounded by his family.
We lost a friend, a teammate and a family member. I have no words that can express my pain over this loss. I can only say that I am very thankful to have known him and that I feel privileged to have been able to share in his passion for cycling.
Thank you for the outpouring of love and support over the past few days. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.”
The Tour of the Gila community is devastated by the news of Young’s passing, “It’s a heartbreaking situation,” Jack Brennan said, Race Director for Tour of the Gila. “The Axeon Hagens Berman team and its Team Director, Axel Merckx, have always recruited and mentored these incredible young men to help them mature in the sport of cycling, and Chad was certainly in that mold. As a father and grandfather myself, I want to express my sincere condolences to Chad’s family and friends.”
SoCalCycling.com extends condolences to Chad’s family, friends and to the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team.