Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski


Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski
Date of Birth: August 8, 1978
Height: 6'1"/1.9m
Weight: 155 lbs./70 kg./11.0 st.
Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Residence: Boulder, Colorado
Teams: Subaru-Trek
Education: University of Colorado

Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results

  • 2004 Olympic Games, team member, Athens, Greece
  • 17-time World Championship team member, 1994—2010,
  • Five-time USA Cycling National Cross-Country Champion (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009)
  • Four-time NCCA Collegiate National Mountain Bike Champion (1997—2000)
  • Three-time USA Cycling National Short Track Champion (2001, 2003, 2004)
  • Two-time USA Cycling National Marathon Champion (2009, 2010)
  • 2004 Pan American Champion, Banos, Ecuador
  • 2000 USA Cycling National U23 Mountain Bike Champion, cross-country
  • 2000 USA Cycling National U23 Mountain Bike Champion, short track

National Championship Experience

  • 1st place — 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, Sun Valley, Idaho, Short Track Cross-Country
  • 4th place — 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships, Bend, Oregon, Cross-Country Marathon
  • 5th place — 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, Sun Valley, Idaho, Cross-Country
  • 3rd place - 2009 USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships,  short track

Career Highlights

  • 1st place — 2011 Boulder Racing CX & Westminster City Park, Colorado, Cyclo-cross
  • 1st place — 2011 Monarch High Cross, Louisville, Colorado, Cyclo-cross
  • 2nd place — 2011 Blue Sky Velo CX Cup, Longmont, Colorado, Cyclo-cross
  • 2nd place — 2011 Missoula XC, Missoula, Montana, Cross-Country
  • 2nd place — 2011 Fontana City National, Fontana, California, Short Track Cross-Country
  • 5th place — 2011 Fontana City National, Fontana, California, Cross-Country
  • 1st place - 2010 PRO XCT, cross-country, overall
  • 1st place - 2009 PRO XCT, cross-country, overall
  • 1st place - 2009 Teva Mountain Games, cross-country, Vail, Colo.
  • 1st place - 2009 Iceman Cometh, Traverse City, Mich.
  • 1st place - 2009 Mellow Johnny’s Classic, Dripping Springs, Texas
  • 1st place - 2008 NMBS Cross Country Race #6, Brian Head, Utah
  • 1st place - 2007 NMBS Cross Country TT Race #1, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • 1st place - 2007 NMBS Cross Country Race #4, Deer Valley, Utah
  • 1st place - 2007 NMBS Short Track Race #5, Sugar Mountain, NC
  • 1st place - 2006 NMBS, cross-country, overall
  • 1st place - 2006 Sunshine Cup Race #3, Afxentia, Cyprus

Points of Interest

  • In 2006 Jeremy ended the seven-year foreign domination of the US National Mountain Bike Series by seizing victory from the invaders.
  • Unlike most professional racers, Jeremy plans out not how much time he'll spend away from his wife, Heather Irmiger, each season but rather which races they'll go to together. Heather also races professionally and on the same team as her husband.
  • Jeremy has chosen mountain bike racing as a career despite his high honors and distinctions as an academic in mathematics.


Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski began mountain bike racing as a 14-year-old junior in 1992 and has become one of the most enduring professionals in this somewhat volatile sport. When he was in the eighth grade, his school offered a one-week "interim" where everyone participated in a different activity for a week. There was everything from backpacking, to theater, construction projects, or one year - mountain biking. Perhaps what started out as just a checkmark on a school permission slip changed Jeremy's life forever.
He has since raced in more than 30 countries, won 14 national mountain bike championships, stood on multiple World Cup and international podiums, and represented the US at the 2004 Olympics.
Probably one of Jeremy's most lasting qualities is his tenacity, both on and off the bike. As a student at the University of Colorado, he graduated with high honors and a degree in Applied Mathematics. He won the College of Engineering’s Undergraduate Research award, which he was unable to accept in person since he was racing in Europe. He is currently the vice-president of the NORBA board of trustees, as well as the athlete representative to the USAC board of directors. His role with USAC is to lend the athlete's viewpoint to policy discussions about racing and growing the sport in the United States. Specific things he has been working on as an athlete rep have been to elevate the quality of National Calendar races in the U.S. as well as create a more sustainable model in the long term for domestic mountain bike events.
He writes a column for the national cycling magazine VeloNews and its sister website, about his travels and racing. In his brief time off-the-bike each year he channels his creative energy and passion for architecture into a new project: He is an avid backcountry skier, and ventures off into Colorado’s high mountains when the snow is too deep to ride in. Jeremy has acquired a love for good food and wine in his world travels, and cooking continues to be a favorite recreational pastime. He tends toward Mediterranean cuisine but is often inspired to cook a wide variety of dishes when at home. He has a distinct passion for anything two-wheeled and, in addition to about a dozen bikes, he owns three motorcycles: a Ducati Hypermotard, a Ducati Elefant, and a Honda 250 dirt bike. He wishes he could ride these more, but gets out just enough to justify all three of them taking up space at his house in Boulder.