Sometimes in cycling, perseverance pays off. Chris Horner turned pro in 1995, but hit full steam in 2002, when he won overall point standings in the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. In the following two years, he repeated the feat. Finally, after time on the legendary Astana team dutifully supporting Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer, Horner dominated and won the 2011 Tour of California. This week, the returning champion appears along with fellow Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek teammate and fan favorite Jens Voigt in Santa Rosa, where fans can ask questions, get autographs and wish Horner luck for a back-to-back win this year. Be there on Thursday, May 10, at the Trek Bicycle Store. 512 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 5–7pm. $20. 707.546.8735.