There was the moment that Chad Beyer realized he could walk. Not long after, he realized his calling was to be a Professional Cyclist. Today, he reaps the reward of countless days of dedication to that singular goal.
Superissimo originally met Chad when he was 14 years old. That was during the days of Domenic’s Cycling. We have written about that heritage here before. It was kind of a big deal, and a time we will never forget. It was also the formative years for Chad, who is now one of today’s most promising Pros. Then, at fourteen, he was little more than a set of pins, already spinning an incredible cadence through so many local group rides. Then, there was something unique in his determination. He was quiet… dedicated even, but so young? Well, he knew his moment was years down the road. He knew then what we see now. He was there to learn, and so he did and his candor regarding his cycling goals has never waned.
Fast forward 12 years to 2013, and Chad’s palmares have only grown to include the Giro d’Italia among many, many other professional tours. By all accounts, he is accomplished. For many, maybe this would make for a good time to bask, however not for Chad. When the 2013 Amgen Tour of California arrived, Beyer (Champion Systems) came packing double axe handles. Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour saw Beyer’s break form early from a counter attack after a KOM formality was settled. It including A. Schleck (Radioshack), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), and Gavin Mannion (Bontrager). A competent four rider break, it was never let out too far and like so many, it wasn’t to be, however Beyer’s optimism continued to propel him, and thus the wood got stacked. This is not a unique experience for Chad.
In previous years in previous Tours and races, Chad has been a provocateur, an opportunist, and always an optimist. It then stands to reason that Chad Beyer can be counted on to give it his all, and to always take the high side of opinion. As this was the case during stage 3 of the ATOC, Chad was awarded the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey. Formalities aside, the essence remains: Chad Beyer Chops Wood. In massive amounts.
Chad Beyer is therefore crowned a Superissimo Wood Chopper due in part to his display of tenacity, optimism. He is also a native Arizonan, and then there is that unquestionable dedication to professional cycling he has maintained since childhood. The Superissimo is proud to hand him this inagural Award.
Thank you Chad. May your efforts continue to consume our imaginations, and may you see years of success in the rear view as you go. A concise background on Chad can be seen via his daily Twitters, on his professional site, and within the cycling tubes of velonews and onward.