Justin Lindine has been a mainstay in our Rumors & Rumblings posts this summer thanks to his mountain bike success. He is returning to the cyclocross course this fall as a member of the Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads team and will be joined by new teammates Jules Goguely and Brendan McCormack. The team is worth keeping an eye on because Apex is a non-industry sponsor that sees cyclocross involvement as a positive for its business.
Read more in this release about Lindine and the Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads team.
Justin Lindine has re-signed with Rhode Island-based team Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads for the 2017/18 cyclocross season.
Fresh off a summer of mountain bike racing that included wins at the Tran-Sylvania Epic Stage Race in Pennsylvania and Singletrack6 Stage Race in British Columbia, Lindine has had one of his best “offseasons” to date, as he continues to gear up for the upcoming cyclocross calendar.
For the 2017/18 season, custom clothing company Hyperthreads has joined the team as a co-title sponsor and along with a continued Vittoria partnership, has allowed the team to sign on two new riders in Jules Goguely and Brendan McCormack.
Goguely returns after being a late-season trial addition last year. The team has signed him for a full season after seeing his potential, which included several top-15 UCI results. After spending the spring racing the Pro Road Tour calendar and with a 12th place at Elite Nationals Road Race, Goguely is looking to bring his road-fitness to the dirt for 2017.
“I’m very excited to be racing with Justin,” said Goguely. “He’s got so much experience and knowledge. Learning the tricks and nuances of the sport is priceless as I’m relatively new to ’cross so continuously trying to learn and improve. Having Brendan will be a lot of fun, he’s a great friend and we’re similarly skilled riders. We’ll be able to push each other and try to progress as a team.”
McCormack is the newest addition to Team Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads. After a strong road season with a top 20 finish in the queen stage of the UCI Vuelta de Independencia, as well as a cyclocross season last year that saw him racing unattached with little support, McCormack finished in the top 10 at the NBX Grand Prix in 2016 and is looking forward to a fully-supported 2017/18 cyclocross season. Part of the legendary legacy of McCormack cyclocross racers, his dad Frank and uncles Mark and Shawn will provide advice and training regimens throughout the season.
“Chris Dale [CEO of Apex Technology Group], Matt Bodziony [Owner of NBX Bikes], and the rest of the staff have been amazing to work with so far,” said McCormack. “Justin will be a new teammate for me so it’ll be fun getting to know him and do some races together. Being teammates with Jules again will be a blast, we were teammates as U23s on CCB a few years ago and we always had a good time racing together. Can’t wait to get the season started.” Both Goguely and McCormack were road U23 teammates on the now Pro CCB Velotooler program which is home to current top young cyclocrossers Cooper Willsley, Spencer Petrov, Cameron Beard and Nate Morse.
Luke Mello also returns as the team’s junior development racer. Like Lindine, Mello has spent a summer doing a host of mountain bike events and is looking forward to bringing his technical skills and fitness to the ’cross course this fall. Mello has won the 2017 NEHSCA MTB and is a recipient of the JAM Fund Grant.
The Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads team will be racing the Domestic ProCX circuit, Pan-Ams in Louisville, Nationals and domestic World Cups pending invitation, as well as regional events whenever possible. The team will be racing on Trek Bikes, provided by team sponsor NBX, and will be using tires from the Vittoria Terreno line.
Chris Dale, the team owner and President/CEO of Apex Technology Group, expressed his continued enthusiasm for the program and the upcoming season saying, “Apex/NBX/Hyperththreads continues to grow and strengthen our Pro and Development squads. We’re so fortunate. Apex and Vittoria also sponsor other cyclocross athletes outside of the Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads team as well. Look for the Apex logos on the helmets of Lizzy Gunsalus, Greg Gunsalus and Robert Marion.”
As a non-bike industry sponsor, Apex Technology Group is hoping to demonstrate that cyclocross can be a viable marketing medium for businesses across the spectrum while helping increase the visibility and professionalism of a sport that they believe to have great growth potential in both participation and spectatorship.