Interview: Chris Horner
Interview of Chris Horner by Evan Trubee
Known as a master tactician and one of the most accomplished cyclists in American history, Chris Horner cut his teeth on the Redlands Classic as an up and coming cyclist in the early 1990’s. While Horner last competed in the Classic in 2004 he remains the holder of most Redlands titles with four. He has competed in all three grand tours and, like a fine wine, appears to be getting better with age, notching a 10th place finish in the last years’ Tour de France at the ripe old age of 38. While you won’t catch him or his Radio Shack team racing at this year’s Classic, he does have a full schedule planned for 2011 including the Tour of California, Tour de Suisse and Tour de France. Clearly, when we say that the Classic is where Legends are Born, we are talking about guys like Chris Horner. He took time from his busy schedule to tell us about his memories of the Classic:
How many times did you race the Redlands Bicycle Classic and in which years?
I’m not sure – I’ve done it 9 or 10 time I think. 91 was the first time and 2004 was the last.
What spot did the race occupy on the team calendar/on your personal calendar? i.e. was it a target race
or a building block for the rest of the season?
Redlands was always a target race – one of my objectives for the spring.
What if anything made the race special for you?
Great stages, great community support, and it’s close to my hometown. Plus it was the biggest race on the calendar for a long time.
How would you describe the atmosphere surrounding the race, the overall feel?
What were some of the critical stages or points within the race that you feel separated the winners from
Oake Glen and the Sunset Loop always decided the race.
How did winning Redlands affect your career?
It marked me as one of the best domestic racers.
Which win was most memorable and why?
03 and 04. Both were great races.
Tell us about your most memorable moment from the Redlands Bicycle Classic:
Winning the Oak Glen stage in 1996.