KÜHL Bike Team Bio: Jesse Rients

Name: Jesse Rients

Age: 35

Origin: Shakopee, MN

Jesse Rients in a cyclocross race

Favorite non-riding activities: I enjoy running with my wife, morning coffee and scrabble with wife and daughter on weekends and I am a crossword nerd

What’s your most memorable ride?

Most memorable ride was during the altitude study I did in France, I got caught in snow going over a pass in the Jura Mountains and still had 20k to ride home. I got back and they had the drying room on a it took 15 minutes of almost crying to thaw my hands and feet.

If you could ride anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?

I would love a week on the cobbles in Belgium or the coast of Italy near the Cinque Terre.

Who inspires you?

My family inspires me.

Do you have any bad habits? What’s your worst?

My worst habit is probably eating in the middle of the night.

What lycra-warrior stereotype do you embody?

I probably am too critical of my diet but also know that life is too short for crappy beer and bad chocolate.

What’s your favorite piece of riding gear?

Favorite piece of gear is full length roubaix bib tights (yep, I live in Minnesota) and the Kuhl Vermarc kit.

Do you have any peeves about bikes?

Biggest peeve is all the different “standards” (bb’s, hubs, etc.) and also how out of control the cost is getting.

Are there any good stories you’re willing to share where you broke the law?

I was with Doug Swanson on a 2 week trip out east for NORBA National races (yeah, it was a while ago) and we missed a turn and had to make an illegal turn so I just urged him to do it and as soon as we turned we got pulled over.

How do you train now that you have a daughter?

I train twice as hard in half the time so I can spend more time at home.

What music gets you most stoked to ride?

Most Rage Against the Machine or Foo Fighters will get me fired up

After an epic ride, what’s your favorite way to refuel?

Burrito and a strong IPA

If your life was turned into a movie, what actor would play your role?

I would like Dallas Fowler to play me because apparently he is my doppelganger. When I race in Wisconsin they always cheer his name when I ride by.

You have five minutes to make three wishes a genie grants you, what are they?

More hours in the day so I can ride a lot and spend a lot of time with my family, Own a successful tap room/coffee bar/bike shop, own a pro bike team.

Best way to end a date?

finishing a bike ride at a cafe for espresso and chocolate croissant.

What’s your favorite website?

bikerumor.com or cyclingnews.com

What would you do if it were the end of the world tomorrow?

I would load daughter into Chariot and would ride with wife and daughter on a tour of ice cream shops.

If you could spend a year doing something you’ve never ever done, what would it be?

I would love to train to climb Mt. Everest

Would you rather fail or never try?

I would rather fail than never try

What’s the worst injury you’ve sustained from riding?

I was run off of the road by a car and had a bad separation of my shoulder.

Have you ever hit warp speed on a bike? How fast in miles per hour was it?

53mph on a descent in Switzerland I think.

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