The Tour of the Gila is saddened by the loss of 21-year-old Axeon Hagens Berman rider, Chad Young, who succumbed to his injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s Gila Monster stage while descending to the Cliff Dwellings.The Tour of the Gila community is devastated by the news of Young’s passing. On behalf of the entire Tour of the Gila staff and the Silver City, New Mexico community, we want to express our deepest condolences to Chad’s family, friends, and his teammates during this painful time of sorrow and mourning.

“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.” Top photos by Mitchell Clinton.

 Chad Young-Tour of the Gila, 2017. Photo by Casey B. Gibson.