Hyperthreads is proud to support athletes that have made cycling their passion, lifestyle and career. We thought you might like to hear a bit about how they prepare for Sea Otter and what’s going through their heads leading up to an event like this.
Jen Malik – KS-Kenda Pro Cyclist, CX/MTB:
1) You’re on a new team this year with new equipment. How are you adapting to it?
“We are so lucky as a team to have such supportive and amazing sponsors! I have been loving our Hyperthreads kits and still cannot believe how they were able to take our jumble of concepts and photos of such a wide range of styles and come up with a unique and really amazing team design that stoked all four of us.
As for the bikes and components, I had KS droppers and bars last year and am ecstatic that we get to have them as a sponsor – their droppers are amazing and also XC friendly (aka light!). Also, I am excited to use Kenda tires this year as they offer a wide variety for different terrain. Follow us @ks_kenda_women for more content! “
2) As Collegiate National Champion, are you considering both CX and XC races at Sea Otter?
“I will be doing the Enduro, Short Track, and then the XCO race which is on the same day at the CX event. I did all four last year, was totally wrecked and fell asleep in the booth after the race ha!
I am leaning towards relaxing and cheering on all my friends in the CX race but who knows.. maybe I’ll jump in!”
Justin Lindine – Apex NBX Hyperthreads Pro Cyclist, CX/MTB:
1) Given Sea Otter falls during CX ‘off-season’, how do you prep for the event?
“The main focus of the months prior has been primarily to gear up for my MTB season goals. Luckily, despite not having done a lot of CX specific preparation, there is a lot of overlap between XC and CX fitness so I can sort of lean on muscle memory to make it through the dismounts and remounts, which seems to work out.
The cross course at Sea Otter favors this too, since it’s pretty wide open and absent a lot of tight turns, you don’t so much need that cross-specific “snap” but more “steady-state” fitness.”
2) What gear will you pack for this event?
“I tend to overpack because I hate to find myself wishing I had something that I left at home. For Sea Otter specifically, I would pack a few key pieces to make sure I had all my bases covered. The mornings in the Monterey area can be pretty cool, so I would want to make sure to pack my Hyperthreads Long Sleeve Jersey, Windout Vest, Pro Bibs, and Knee Warmers.
For days spent around the venue, I find it’s also worth packing my MTB Baggies and Polo for a casual but still bike-capable look. Come race time, in the mid-day heat, the Short Sleeve Race Day Suit offers all the comfort of bibs, but with the aero advantages of a skinsuit. Beyond that, a host of Hyperthreads custom socks and my reliable Tech Hoodie.
That pretty much keeps me covered for the weekend. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!”
Justin Stanley – Elbowz Racing:
1) As your first time attending Sea Otter, what are your expectations?
“I’m really looking forward to my first Sea Otter. The schedule is jam packed with exciting events and I hope to find some time to compete in a few.”
2) You will be wearing a few hats at Sea Otter as a Hyperthreads representative, Manager for Elbowz and racer. How will you make time for all of this?
“I hope to find some time to race, but it’ll be a busy week! I’ll be directing the ELBOWZ Racing team for the first part of Joe Martin Stage Race on the Thursday and Friday the week before Sea Otter.
On Saturday, I’ll travel from Arkansas to East Texas to host an event for the ELBOWZ Bike Safety Program with TxDOT. Sunday is the Texas Criterium State Championship, where I’ll be racing with the ELBOWZ riders who didn’t go to JMSR. After that I’ll head home for a day before flying out to Sea Otter.”