SUPER GRASSROOTS USA
Chad "Chainsaw" Cheeney is a 6 foot 3, 195lb long time lover of all things cycling. Married to Annie and has a 1 year old named Bo Chester. Born in Bend, Oregon and grown in Durango, Colorado, the professional cycling coach has a long history of racing, but is maybe more set on leading and coaching the nationally ranked cycling development programs Durango Devo and Fort Lewis College, where he is the Head Mountain and Cyclocross Coach and assists coaching the road team. He is also the co-founder of the 10 year old Durango Devo and current job is Head Coach/Upper Program Manger. Chad has coached collegiate and junior athletes to over 20 national titles. Yet...he has never won one himself. Not cool. Maybe this is the year. Chad's own race program consists of a Southwestern/Coloradan regional mix of road, cross country, enduro, and cyclocross...and a splattering of throwing local training races for developmental athletes and peers. His main competitive goal is to compete at the Enduro Nationals in Mount Snow VW in July. And Next fall getting in the top 10% mix at Cross nats in Reno. For road he is not so focused, sounds like his plan is to shave the legs a few times for the kids and stay fit for the summer time speed traps. With that said, his main stoke will come from watching his former athletes crush the pro fields around the world.
Dereck Treadwell lives in Maine and although he has lived on both coasts, and three corners of the continent, he is a Mainer through and through. He grew up in rural Old Town, Maine, a small mill town made famous by the canoe, a town crisscrossed with the rooty, rocky, old-school single-track he cut his teenage teeth (and elbows and knees) on. Although he is new to the Kona family, “Tread” (as most people know him) is no stranger to competing and he came back to the bike after a hiatus adventure into competitive life as an elite runner. He attended the University of Maine, where he would go on to earn All-American status, advance to the finals of the 1996 Olympic Trails for 1500m, and later be awarded a spot into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
These days, Tread’s strength is in the long, hilly, hard, marathon endurance Mountain Bike Races. He is happiest going uphill but, thanks to the new HeiHei, enjoys downhill almost as much. He has been a podium finisher at numerous NUE races including NH100, Shen100, Mohican100, and Wilderness101, as well as the stand alone favorites such as the Vermont 50, Blackfly, and Fools Gold. He has wins at Wilmington 100, Ironcross, Bradbury 12-hour, Wildcat 100, and is a multiple time winner of Carrabasset 100k and Mt Washington Hill climb Newton’s Revenge. Although racing is the endgame, some of his happiest moments are on the long solo days of pedaling ATV, snowmobile, and single-track trails in coastal Maine.
When not out and about on his bike, Tread can be found loitering at his local shop: Bath Cycle and Ski (Bikeman.com), hanging out with his wife, Elizabeth, their 2 Leonbergers, or the chickens, or the bunnies, or his favorite cat, Litl’ Merle, or doing odd jobs around the Ballet School that they own and operate together in Topsham, Maine.