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Achieve Athletes

Claire Hofbauer

My favourite bike is: My Specialized Ruby is my favorite bike because it is super responsive on descents, has disc breaks so I always feel extra confident; only weighs 17 lbs and is fast, and because it is the best bike I own.

Currently live in:

San Francisco, CA

Achieve athlete since:

April 2017

The aspect I like most about cycling and/or racing is:

About cycling: (1) feeling free (2) feeling powerful (3) discovering new roads (4) seeing and experiencing not just beauty but movement and gravity in nature in a very visceral and tangible way from my bike (vs. car or hike) where the road ascends and descends and I get to experience it fully; (6) the community of people who cycle and how they share this sense of freedom and joy and perspective when riding their bikes and how we understand the passion we share for suffering and exploring.

Racing: so far, just the way that racing gives me a way to experience new roads where I would otherwise have no reason to travel to these parts of California; meeting the people who are at the race; racing with the girls at the race and working together; and sometimes just the satisfaction of knowing I raced super hard; and OF COURSE getting on the podium.

My favourite bike is:

My Specialized Ruby is my favorite bike because it is super responsive on descents, has disc breaks so I always feel extra confident; only weighs 17 lbs and is fast, and because it is the best bike I own.

The cycling/sporting accomplishment I’m most proud of is:

I am most proud of how much I love riding my bike

If I could be one animal I would be a:

Without question, a black panther. Black panthers are INTENSE. Even though they aren’t the most dangerous or the biggest cat, they are super athletic and powerful. They are incredibly swift and stealth and can attack without indicating slightly that they will attack. They might not win a fight against a lion or a tiger but they are faster and can jump higher and climb trees better than those animals and can live longer in the wild than a lot of animals. I want to be a smart and beautiful big cat.

Of the following three facts, two are true and one is false:

I burn easily in the sun. I have two cats. I am not afraid of the dark.

My goals for the upcoming season include:

My Goal right now is to train so that I am strong enough and fast enough and smart enough while racing to race and get in a breakaway every time and to stick with the group. I would like to finish in the top 5 in a cat 4 race at least 3 times in 2017 and to win a Cat 4 race in 2017.

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