Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski became interested in mountain biking on a week-long vacation with high school friends. He turned pro after a successful collegiate cycling career at the University of Colorado where he was fortunate to leave with a degree in Applied Mathematics as well as four collegiate national championships. His career highlights, since then, have included seven individual elite national titles, 19 NORBA/NMBS victories, multiple world cup podium appearances, and a spot on the 2004 Olympic team in Athens. Recently, he won the 2009 USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships. His wife, also a professional mountain bike rider, won the women’s division. They live in Boulder, Colorado.

Q & A

  1. How did you start Mountain Bike riding? How old were you?

    I started mountain biking on a school field trip when I was in 8th grade. I loved it and did my first race by the end of that summer. I was 14.

  2. It is great that you and your wife, Heather, both share the same passion and that you are both successful at it. Did you meet while riding?

    We actually met while in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. We were both riding bikes already at the time, but our meeting each other wasn't just a consequence of being cyclists.

  3. Describe your racing equipment.

    I've got two mountain bikes that I race on right now, both Gary Fisher 29ers. One is a carbon hardtail, the Superfly and the other is an all-carbon full-supension bike, the Superfly 100. They're both outfitted with full SRAM XX 10 speed drivetrains.

  4. Favorite movies:

    Historically - Pulp Fiction, Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, City of God. I just saw Avatar - that's up there too.

  5. Favorite books:

    Anathem and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

  6. What is the best advice you've heard?

    One of the riders I looked up to when I was a junior, and who ended up being my team manager at one point, Dave Wiens, told me that "The longer it takes to get to the top, the longer you'll stay there." This was great advice for an up-and-coming young racer.

  7. Where is your favorite place to ride and why?

    I love riding in Colorado. I grew up racing and training all over the mountains of Colorado and have so many favorite rides. The Winter Park, in particular, is where I would choose if I had to pick one spot.

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski


Date of Birth:
August 11, 1978
Boulder, CO
I’ve got two motorcycles that I try to ride as often as possible. I did one big trip last year and am already planning a bigger one for the end of the racing season in 2009. The past two winters I’ve been backcountry skiing a lot in addition to training. I love good food and wine, so cooking and eating well are high on my list of year round pleasures. I’ve got a house that I’ll never finish fixing up, which is OK since I actually like doing a lot of that work in the off season.

Career Highlights

    • 2004 Olympian and nine-time National Champion
    • 2009 U.S. ProXCT Champion
    • 2009 U.S. National XC Champion
    • 2009 U.S. National Marathon Champion