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Kai Linney joins the Pro Bike team and talks about the benefits of cycling

With the end of the pandemic nearing in the United States, many of us are evaluating everything we’ve accomplished in the past 15 months with choppy schedules and less travel. Yes, I watched all Yellowstone. You have learned how to make sourdough. maybe i got The calves you’ve always wanted? Did you at least clean the garage?

Well, what would a guy like Kai Linney do? How could a man who had already owned his windsurfing and paddle-racing sights—that is, before he pioneered the frustrating process— Help reshape surfing with big wavesThen every now and then, do some warm up World Surfing Association Events – spend this time down?

To start, Lenny, like most of us, was restricted by international travel restrictions. Unlike most of us, he had the South Pacific to work and play in. Interestingly, however, Lenny looked at the ground this time for the next excitement shake. started riding a road bike.

And of course, if you’ve devoted your life to cycling… he’s already better than you.

“During the pandemic summer, we started riding like three days a week because I was here,” Lenny says. “A local group of my professional surfer friends really started to compete. We came up with ways to push each other. It was a great crossover to serve our goals and ambitions on the water.”

Of course, it was circumstances that dictated their days. When the ocean called for it, Lenny was riding the wind or the wave. There was mountain biking. He’s upped his workouts to twice a day, four days a week. He started calling 8 feet half pipe in his yard فن, which has a special injury-reducing belt for board awareness training.

Lenny Cycling
Nate Simmons courtesy of Pinerello

But road cycling is what became his new focus, riding with the likes of a big wave charger Ian Walsh, WQS competitor Ian Gentile, son of the legendary Buzzy Kerbox Kerbox tokens, and other special water features.

john john Nathan Florence is also a fan of road biking on Oahu. It’s fun to have a community to browse in. With different applications, we can keep our competitive edge with each other.

And now Lenny is actually part of the first American team أمريكي PinarelloItalian storied bike brand. They call the ambassador program “Scuderia,” which is an Italian term for the team.

Lenny is just one Scuderia member. The rest of the team is also interesting and diverse, including BMX star Jimmy Bestwick and ski mountaineer Meridity Edwards as well as Amity Rockwell, Mary Holden, Adam Robertage and Jess Cera, from across the cycling world.

Lenny has always been familiar with the culture.

“Cycling has been in the family since my mother was a professional bike rider and won many state titles in Oregon and competed all over the country,” says Lenny. (By the way, Paula Linney’s mom was also an occupational medicine specialist—a whole family of high achievers.)

Lenny remembers stories of how she attacked hill climbing in a race.

“This has always been my inspiration on the water,” he says. “When conditions are more difficult, that’s when you attack.”

Kai Lenny Juice Maui
Lenny surfing on Maui, February 2020 Brady Lawrence/Red Bull Content Gathering

Lenny got into cycling when he was twelve years old.

“It has been used as a great training tool,” he explains. “Whether it’s to recover, build up my lunch for big waves or get better stamina, this has always been my goal.”

Lenny walking around Greville PinarelloBuilding the strength of SRAM AXS. He attributes a large part of all of this to Donnie Arnault, a road and mountain bike racer who moved to Maui in 1999, set up a bike tour company and opened the Maui Cycle. He’s always been a resource for Lenny and has taken him on tours over the years.

“The thing that has always kept me interested in Maui is that I have been able to ride in so many different conditions — from climbing 10,000 feet to the summit of Haleakala, our largest volcano on Maui, to riding on the coast, woodland, and pebbles, pretty much any time you could wish for. He went on this island in the Pacific Ocean, explains Lenny.

He talks about riding the Skyline, up the national park across the mountain toward the south shore with several other islands popping up on a clear day where the planes are actually underneath, taking off and landing.

Lenny never expected to work for a bike company.

“But now that I’m involved with Scuderia Pinarello, it’s just a bigger incentive to get out on the bike,” he says. “Anytime I spend on land, I want to be in the saddle, doing something that drives me toward my goals on the water — with people I can compete with, my professional sports friends and Donnie, who has been a huge catalyst here for the cycling community.”

Riding was limited to Maui last summer, but with restrictions lifted, this year Lenny is looking forward to a new challenge called The Hawaii 500.

“You start on the far side of the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the easternmost and ride west, then hop on a hydrofoil and plank across the channel, bike across Maui, and do each island until you finish on the western tip of Kauai. It probably equals 460 miles. We’re only We are waiting for all the islands to open. Hopefully things will reset.”

Keep in mind that this will not be on a stand-alone paddle chip but rather on a “surf chip” where you pump up the board and ride the open ocean swell, and it’s best not to fall off at all.

“It depends on the situation,” he notes. “It won’t be perfect on every leg but it will be a great adventure.”

Always with this guy.

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