What are your thoughts on the science behind the Chia functionals, and your future plans for this superfood?
“I notice that the Chia drink provides a slow-release of energy. The chia seeds are packed with nutrients like electrolytes, magnesium, prebiotic fibre and plant omega 3 that provide additional benefits too.
After a few years of trialing and testing it myself, I’ve finally decided to speak about it to a bunch of my mates. They ride and compete regularly as well, and we’re going to do a trial with them to monitor the effects of the Chia drink. We’re planning a 2-week test to see what they normally drink in a day, monitoring their rides and what sort of breaks they have. Then we’ll ask them to use just Chia at the start of the ride and monitor how much their liquid intake changes. The aim is to investigate whether (Chia functionals) do what I think they do in a performance context.”
What do you enjoy most about mountain biking and competing?
“The fitness aspect of riding. You see a lot of people slowing down and maybe doing nothing at my age, but hopefully I have the drive to keep myself a bit more physical and more active. I also really enjoy the buzz. When I was surfing I used to like big wave surfing and I think that’s where the fun is. If it gives me a bit of adrenaline, I’ll do it.”
Last but not least! What’s your favourite flavour of Chia?
“Blueberry without a doubt. Always has been!”
Kevin will be riding in the social Super D series this summer and looks forward to several Enduro races throughout Tasman and Dunedin this coming March.