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Cycling Tue Jul 27 2010

A PRO Evening

Tomorrow, July 28, from 7-9 p.m., one of America's favorite cyclists (yes, truly) and lover-of-hamburgers Chris Horner of Team Radioshack will be coming to the Trek Bicycle Store of Highland Park to discuss his experiences racing the 2010 Tour de France with former pro and local Robbie Ventura. Horner is usually thought of something of a domestique, a water-carrier, albeit a good one that once in a while wins some races.

But this year, the guy came in 10th overall in the Tour, besting a certain Texan and teammate by a huge distance. This is a major accomplishment for Horner, who has had a long career working in the service of others and on a multitude of teams both here in the States and abroad. Horner's a familiar face in the Chicagoland area -- he was seen last year in the Chicago Criterium pushing the pace as well in the Tour of Elk Grove, which he will be racing this weekend. (Speaking of which, registration is still available for all categories.)

Expect Horner and Ventura to talk about the platefuls of pasta, the horrendous crashes, the "dropped chain" and awesome tanlines. Oh, and best of all, the event is free. Registration is required and available here.

Also, as a reminder, the Garden Dirt Jam is this weekend. This will be a treat of an event and is very family-friendly.

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