FTW Racing in Minneapolis/St Paul

Renee Hoffmann

Renee Hoffmann

Gravel, Mountain, Cyclocross, Bikepacking

Favorite Race/Ride
Snacking Bear in Cable, WI. Coming back for the 100-mile Hungry Bear this year!

Favorite Cycling Snack
Ginger Candies

Life Motto
This is fine. (Said in a panicked voice)

What drew you to Koochella?
Honestly, I was a little bit intimidated the first time I encountered Koochella (at the 2014 Southside Sprint), and that’s kind of what drew me to the team. I wanted to be as bad ass as the women I saw racing!

Describe your perfect day.
Any day I encounter a golden retriever is literally the perfect day.

  • Thursday Night Lights 8/13/15 - KOOCHELLA

    August 19, 2015 at 10:46 PM |

    […] meters ahead of the field. After a hard-fought race filled with clever tactics and close quarters Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe and Rachel “Lazer” Zaidman came across the finish line in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, […]

  • Thursday Night Lights 8/20/15 - KOOCHELLA

    August 24, 2015 at 8:38 PM |

    […] night by warming up their vocal chords in singing Happy Birthday to the youngest Koochella member, Renee “Dark Horse”Hoppe on her 23rd […]

  • Metal Cross 2015 - KOOCHELLA

    October 1, 2015 at 7:29 PM |

    […] made the trek out to St. Cloud, MN for Metal Cross. On day 1 Beth “Treasure” Franklin, Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe, France “Fancy” Barbeau, and Anna “Mama Duck” Schwinn all took to the […]

  • Donkey Cross 2015 at Baker Orchard - KOOCHELLA

    October 6, 2015 at 10:31 PM |

    […] course’s beauty almost made up for it. “I loved riding the course!” Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe said. Donkey Cross was Hoppe’s third sanctioned cross race. Though still new to the […]

  • Team Retreat + Jackson Meadow CX - KOOCHELLA

    October 12, 2015 at 9:13 PM |

    […] Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe was able to hang on to the leaders for the first two laps, and held her third place position for the remaining two, securing herself a 3rd place finish in her 3rd ever cyclocross race. […]

  • Green Acres CX 2015 - KOOCHELLA

    October 22, 2015 at 11:40 PM |

    […] steep hills and slippery inclines weren’t the only challenging features at Green Acres. Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe found herself thankful for all the hours of training she’s put in so far this season. […]

  • Night CX p/b Koochella - KOOCHELLA

    October 23, 2015 at 11:37 PM |

    […] through the urban landscape. Armed with a handful of Knog blinders, Guertin joined teammates Renee and Emily in lighting the most technical parts of the course so racers could clearly spot […]

  • A Closer Look: Koochella Addition All City Nature Boy 853 - KOOCHELLA

    November 6, 2015 at 1:13 PM |

    […] This bike just rips. Prior to getting the Nature Boy, I was racing on my commuter bike (a Bianchi San Jose that I love dearly!), which was fine, but definitely not optimal for cross. After just a few turns on the course at Velo CX, I totally had a new appreciation for cross bikes. This bike handles great, has way less toe overlap than my Bianchi, and climbs like a mountain goat. – Renee […]

  • Star Cross & Wirth CX 2015 - KOOCHELLA

    November 18, 2015 at 11:13 PM |

    […] Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe found the course just as […]

  • MN CX State & Jingle Cross - KOOCHELLA

    December 16, 2015 at 9:05 AM |

    […] During my two laps pre-riding the course, I came close to falling a few times because the deep ruts in the mud from the previous night’s racers was completely frozen, making “commit to the rut,” pretty much pointless. By the time the juniors were done racing and my field was up, however, the course had completely warmed up, making it soft again. The best was to describe the mud consistency was peanut butter-like. I definitely felt that I had an advantage as a single speed rider with disc brakes. Not only did I not have to worry about ripping my derailleur off my bike (many riders did!), but I also didn’t have a bunch of mud/grass clogging up canti brakes, thus preventing my wheel from moving (which was also super common). I got 11/22, which felt pretty good considering we had riders from all over the MidWest show up! –Renee “Dark Horse” Hoppe  […]

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