Kiwi Glen Chadwick (Navigators) shares
his background of racing in Europe, Asia and America. A determined
and tough climber who has won on the hills and mountains of Canada,
America, Hungary, Korea, Belgium, Switzerland, Taiwan, China and
by Lyne Lamoureux
New Zealand National Time Trial Champion Glen Alan Chadwick of
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
Date of Birth: October 17, 1976
Place of Birth: New
Residence: Tienen, Belgium
Pro Since: 2003
I like stage races...as a tour gets longer, I don't get any
weaker, I always stay the same or maybe I get a bit stronger.
- Glen Chadwick
Kiwi Glen Alan Chadwick, of the Navigators Insurance Cycling team,
is a determined and tough climber who has won on the hills and
mountains of Hungary, Korea, Belgium, Switzerland, Taiwan, China and
Australia. He joined an amateur team in 2001 and moved to Belgium to
experience and learn from European racing. After two years, he tried
his luck with the Giant Asia team where he rode all the stage races
in Asia and won the Tour of Beijing and Tour de Korea races. After a
year back in Europe, Glen joined the Navigators team in 2006 and
proceeded to win the overall mountains classification in the Tour de
Toona and finished second overall in the Tour of Utah.
Glen came back strong at the beginning of 2007 after his torn calf
muscle injury the past September, and won the third stage at the Mt
Hood Cycling Classic and two stages, including
the finish at the top
of Mont Megantic at the Tour de Beauce, and was voted the overall
Most Aggressive jersey at the Tour de Georgia by the media.
Glen lives in Belgium with his wife and daughter and is based out
of New Jersey while racing in the U.S.A.
Lyne: Tell me a bit about your season after your injury last
Glen: Yeah, it's pretty good. I had a ticket out to
Australia anyway from Belgium where I live with my wife and daughter.
I had a ticket to the Sun Tour (ed: October 2006) and I couldn't do
it anymore because I injured, I was on crutches but I went out there
to see the family. And I had 6 weeks off and sort of worked back into
it, and I won National Time Trial championships in January in New
Zealand so the season started pretty good. Then I did Tour down
Under, Tour of California and I was happy how it went there, except I
got sick. Then went to Europe, and that was a reality check, as it's
good to race over there so when you come here it's a bit easier. I
did Georgia and I was voted the most aggressive rider for the Tour,
but don't know what I got for that.....
Lyne: Hold on, didn't you get a jersey for that Most Aggressive
rider in Georgia?
Glen: laughing No. They forgot...they called me to
come to the tent behind the podium on the last stage, so I went
behind the tent and I sat there for half an hour and they forgot to
call me up.
After Georgia, I went back to Europe and now we're back here again
for the big American campaign which started good in Mt Hood, Tour de
Beauce, then Cascades and then I get to go home for three weeks.
Glen Chadwick climbing Clock Tower during Tour de Georgia
c. Lyne Lamoureux
Lyne: Please clarify something for me, I've seen you listed as
both Australian and New Zealander, so which one are you?
Glen: I've always been a Kiwi. To be able to race in
Australia, I had to change my nationality as I represented the state
I lived in, and I was like 15 when that happened. I have dual
citizenship, my dad is a Kiwi, my mom is an Aussie and we jumped
country to country for a few years and both parents finally decided
to go to Australia. In a sporting Australia New Zealand thing, I
always go with New Zealand, the All Blacks and such.
Lyne: Did you start on track like a lot of the Australians?
Glen: Yeah, I started on track. Well it's seasonal
in Australia, the track on the summer and road after, but now road
sort of goes into the summer. I started on the track, and then just
got rid of that, and only did road. I actually did some track racing
this summer, it was pretty good, it was just local stuff. That what I
did to get my fitness back up from scratch. I think it worked.
Lyne: You raced two years with Team Down Under based in Europe.
What was that experience like?
Glen: I left Australia in 2001, just not enough racing. You
just have to get to Europe, live off the skin of your bones for a
couple of years and hope you can make something of it. I rode with
the amateur team Team Down Under, run by Belgians, it's now called
Lyne: How hard was it when you first got to Europe?
Glen: I was like phew big fields, the quality, fast,
rain, the weather.... The team management was all Belgians, and they
didn't expect a lot of us straight out. They were just sort of sick
of working with Europeans, young Europeans. I guess they were
pampered a lot so they got a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis and sorted us
It was good, I had a pretty good couple of years there. You are
racing for your food so you sort of save as much money as you could
through the summer to get to Europe. It worked out all right.
Lyne: How did the move to Giant Asia team happen?
Glen: I had done two years in Europe and I came close to
joining professional road squads twice. I was a stagiaire, I rode
with a Belgian team at the end of each season and they all made
promises and nothing happened. So I got a call from a mate who had
joined the Giant team to come over and do the Tour of Taiwan and I
went over. They offered to pay me, I said all right I've got to start
making something. I went for a couple of years but it became a dead
end road. I'd won a few races and I'd done every tour there was over
there and I had my Belgian girlfriend at the time, so it was time to
go back to Europe.
Lyne: How different is the style of racing in Asia? Is
it more dangerous?
Glen: Different style. The field never went more that 100
guys, most of the time maybe 80, and probably 25% of the field could
actually race properly. The rest of the blokes were really green so
doing a tour was a bit strange, a breakaway would always get 20 to 30
minutes so you had to make sure you were in that break.
It's dangerous anywhere I guess, you always have to be careful.
Over there, you just make sure you stay near the front, it would have
been a lot easier to say in the back. But even if it is easy you
shouldn't stay at the back.
Glen Chadwick trying to escape the field at Mt Hood
c. Lyne Lamoureux
Lyne: How did you connect with the Navigators Insurance Cycling
Glen: I went back to Team Down Under for one year and I got
married in 2005. I went back but...no money, and my wife worked and
she supported me all year. I did Tour de Beauce and Tour of China and
the Navigators team was there, Ed (Beamon – Navigators DS) just
sort of contacted me and it took off from there. I hadn't been in
America before and I heard there was lots of money. America is
I like Navigators, it's a really good atmosphere. When I come to
the States, I stay at Ed's house and I couldn't imagine staying at a
European's director's house for a month or so, it would just be
weird. Ed is really good, really easy to get along with and his wife
is really nice so that's pretty good. Our team is pretty
international too like the others have been.
When I first joined the team and saw all the Russian guys and I
thought oh s... chuckles...but they are really good guys. Once
they understand our sort of humor and sarcasm, we understand theirs,
it all worked out in the end.
Lyne: But did you have any trouble adjusting to Jersey?
Glen: laughs I like it there, I am a Sopranos fan.
Ed lives in an area with lakes and forest. I'm never in one spot for
long, I'm always on the road ... the suitcase is my best friend.
Lyne: Why do you like about stage races?
Glen: I like stage races. You have more of a chance to make
amends for a day that you weren't feeling good or you missed
something. A one day can be a bit of a lottery sometimes. As a tour
gets longer, I don't get any weaker, I always stay the same or maybe
I get a bit stronger. That's what makes me a good tour rider.
Lyne: Which race are you the most proud of?
Glen: I'm pretty proud of the National TT title, that is
pretty special. My family, my mom & dad traveled from Australian
to New Zealand to see it, and a few of my relatives came down and
they were all very proud too, it's good.
New Zealand National TT Champion Glen Chadwick
c. Lyne Lamoureux
Lyne: Last thing, I enjoy reading your diaries. Do you like writing them?
Glen: Yeah thanks.
I'm really behind, the last one
was from training camp (note February). I had one written about the first time
in a wind tunnel, it was pretty cool, it was funny, but I never sent
it in. All of us had never been in a wind tunnel, and the minute they
turned the fan on, you'd see all the faces sort of smile - Glen then
put his hands on his cheek and pulls back to form a grin - I was the
first one to go in. From then on, every time the fans kick in, Ben
Day, or the Russians got a bit of grin, even Victor (Rapinski) and
Sergey (Lagutin) smiled chuckling
Thank you Glen for sharing
a bit of your history with us.