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