Rob Pelance

Hawk Racing Welcomes Rob Pelance as New VP of Sales and Marketing

As we journey into 2019, Hawk Racing is excited to announce that Rob Pelance has joined the team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Rob comes to us from a career in retail sales and marketing both in and out of the bicycle industry.  Most recently, Rob worked at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness, one of America’s Best Bike Shops in 2018 according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association.  He is bringing his expertise in high-quality retail experiences to Hawk Racing as he launches a brand new dealer program to better help and support the Hawk Racing family of dealers worldwide.  In addition, Rob owned and operated a commercial photography studio, and will be bringing his graphic talents to the Hawk Racing marketing department.  If you are interested in becoming a dealer or would like to discuss how Hawk Racing can benefit your shop, you can set up a time to speak with Rob here.

In addition to his duties at the Hawk Racing offices, Rob will be taking over as team captain of the Hawk Racing cycling team.  With a full season of racing, Rob can be seen around the country racing in the Hawk Racing jersey.  As a seasoned veteran of road and mountain bike racing, Rob will be adding insight to our product design and development programs, so watch for new products coming soon.  All sponsored athletes will now be working directly with Rob to help take their racing to the next level while spreading the Hawk Racing brand.

Rob officially started with Hawk Racing in November of 2018.

Jen Luebke: Hawk Racing Sponsored Rider Interview

Hawk Racing here again to bring you interviews from sponsored riders all over the world. We love introducing people to new riders and this is a cyclist that you def shouldn’t sleep on.

Jen Luebke is a 32 year old professional cyclist. She’s originally form Missoula, MT but her base of operation has been in Bend, OR for the last 5 years. Jen rides for Hagens Berman Supermint, an awesome American UCI-registered women’s professional cycling team.

Our favorite thing about Supermint is their ambassador program which aims to grow women’s cycling by pairing up cyclists of all levels with professional riders. Each Supermint rider provides individualized insight, support, and encouragement to help the ambassadors grow in the sport. If you are interested in this program and want to get involved or learn more head over to supermintusa.com.

The Jen Luebke Interview

Who are your Sponsors?
I don’t have any personal sponsors past all of our amazing Hagens Berman Supermint sponsors.

Do you remember your first bike?
The first bike I can remember getting that I was really excited about was a hand-me-down fully rigid Univega mountain bike. It was teal and was my first “big kids” bike. I would ride it up and down the dirt road that we lived on.

What does your inner voice tell you when the ride gets tough?
When I’m training and things get tough I remind myself if I make it through really hard training, I’ll be more than ready for racing. Then when things get hard racing, I remind myself how hard I trained to be ready for racing.

If someone was your age and wanted to start riding, what advice would you give?
Just do it! Find a great riding partner or group so you can learn from others and jump on a bike. I love what I see and where I do on 2 wheels and I know others will feel the exact same if they ride too.

Do you have an ultimate bike goal?
My ultimate bike goal is to love riding as a lifelong sport and to convince others to do the same.

Best bike memory so far?
One of my favorite bike memories was my first race of the year with Hagens Berman Supermint, Tucson Bicycle Classic. After the short, fast TT prologue, I was our GC rider. The team rode as a unit the whole race, we had fun, and in the end I won GC. It was an amazing feeling to win after all the hard work all my teammates had done to help me. It felt like the whole team won. That was the first time I was in the GC leader position and was able to successfully defend through the last stage.

What is your favorite place to ride?
Maui, Hawaii, specifically the West Maui Loop.

Which riders proved inspirational in your early days or now?
Amber Neben was and still is an inspiration when I started riding. I was in awe of the former TT world champion. At my first stage race she was a quiet but fierce competitor and almost won GC. I also almost crashed her out in that race and instead of getting angry she gave me some useful pointers. Less than a year later, she invited me to guest ride with her at Redlands Cycling Classic, my second big stage race. At the time I couldn’t believe she gave me that opportunity and it really led to me landing a permanent spot on a team. My inspiration helped me into the sport!

Where do you see your bike taking you to this coming year?
I’m hoping I get to visit more awesome places I have never been to and meet more radical people that are as obsessed with their bikes as I am.

What is riding about to you?
Riding for me is about the journey. That sounds cliche but I would ride my bike just as much as I do now even if I didn’t race because I love riding my bike so much. I love all kinds of bikes – road, gravel, and mountain – because they all take me to different places.

What is your favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components?
It’s super important in bike racing to trust your equipment and my favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components is that I really trust my equipment. Also, they’re located in Fort Wayne, IN, where my entire Dad’s side of the family is from!

Make sure you show Jen some support and give her a follow on Instagram: @jenluebke!

Jen Luebke Sponsored Rider Interview

Jace Antiporda: Hawk Racing Sponsored Rider Interview

So we had some time to sit down with another one of our sponsored riders to bring you another sponsored rider interview.

Jace Antiporda is actually our youngest sponsored rider, at 9 years old. Jace races BMX out in California, and is improving everyday. We’ve loved seeing his growth and progress during his time with us so far.

We hope that he continues down the road he’s on, he could be the next top level pro if he does. Make sure you give him a follow, @jaceracing, and show him support!!

The Jace Antiporda Interview

Who are your Sponsors?
Kid Dynamite NorCal and HawkRacing

Do you remember your first bike?
Yes

How old were you and what was it?
I was 7 years old and it was a Mini Micro Redline.

What does your inner voice tell you when the ride gets tough?
It tells me to push it and get in front of the pack when the gate drops.

If someone was your age and wanted to start riding, what advice would you give?
I would say to just go out, try it and have fun!

Do you have an ultimate bike goal?
Yes. I want to be in the Olympics and race in BMX.

Best bike memory so far?
Racing my hardest at Spreckels BMX track in Manteca, CA. It was for State Qualifying Race and I gave it my all and got first place til my legs gave out at the finish line.

What is your favourite place to ride?
I like to ride at Santa Clara PAL BMX, which is also my Home track.

Which riders proved inspirational in your early days or now?
Trent Jones, Connor Fields, Anthony Bucardo, Sienna Fines, Jeff Aana and Pat Coo

Where do you see your bike taking you to this coming year?
Hopefully to stay in the top 10 9 year old expert ranks.

What is riding about to you?
Riding is special and different to me. It’s a unique extreme sport that not a lot of people do. I like riding with my team, going to different tracks and having fun!

What is your favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components?
HawkRacing has strong and reliable components. My favorite part is their bottom bracket that spins forever on my bike!

Brandon Scales: Hawk Racing Sponsored Rider Interview

We’ve been looking for a way for people to stay up to date on all the latest Hawk Racing news, and we think a blog should do the trick. We aren’t quite sure what we will be posting or how often quite yet but you can expect things like Hawk Racing news, information on our products, installation guides, and maybe even some sponsored rider interviews.

Earlier this week we were lucky enough to sit down and with Brandon Scales, 30 year old sponsored rider from Torrance, CA. He’s been riding for Hawk Racing for a while now and he takes incredibly beautiful shots of the landscapes he explores while out on his bike (which is of course equipped with Hawk Racing components).

If your into cycling and beautiful scenery you should definitely give him a follow on Instagram: @shutuplegzzz.

The Brandon Scales Interview

Who are your Sponsors?
Hawk Racing components, Pearl Izumi cycling apparel, And NOW helmets.

Do you remember your first bike?
I definitely remember my first bike. It was a little cheapo bmx ,black, as all my bikes are have been and will ever be. I made it super custom and had the 80s gear to match. I’ll attach a photo to this email.

How old were you and what was it?
I was probably 4, that would have been late 80s.

What does your inner voice tell you when the ride gets tough?
My inner voice is a lunatic. I try not to listen to him. He ends up getting me into trouble. Especially on the mountain bike. He usually says things like, “ come on, just do it.” Or , “you can totally afford that.”

If someone was your age and wanted to start riding, what advice would you give?
Better late than never. Be sure to keep fun in mind.

Do you have an ultimate bike goal?
To have the most fun, and find my true self.

Best bike memory so far?
The ones I’ll have tomorrow.

What is your favourite place to ride?
I’ll ride anywhere, I haven’t driven or owned a car in years. I love every aspect of cycling. You tell me where to be and what time, and that’s a ride I’ll show up for.

Which riders proved inspirational in your early days or now?
My friends. Through out my entire life, haveing fun and pushing boundries with my friends has helped me to grow And continues to inspire me.

Where do you see your bike taking you to this coming year?
To new places, to new memories, to new friends and new versions of myself. Im So excited.

What is riding about to you?
It’s about a lot. It’s a way of life for me honestly. A way to help our planet, to keep myself healthy, a mode of transportation as well as pleasure.

What is your favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components?
There’s a lot I like about Hawk. The first is the amazing quality and care of their world famous bearings. The second is the small family style vibe with with they successfully run their company.