In 1980, there were exactly four professional bike racers in America. Six years later, an American cycling team would wear the coveted yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Soon after, the team would win Italy’s greatest race—the Giro d’Italia.
Team 7-Eleven ($27.95) is the extraordinary story of how two Olympic speed skaters, Jim Ochowicz and Eric Heiden, assembled a local band of amateur cyclists and turned them into one of the greatest cycling teams the sport has known.
Written with the enthusiastic cooperation of the team members, Team 7-Eleven tells the true and complete story of the team’s founding, its growing pains, its strange introduction to European cycling, and its lasting legacy as the team that launched American cycling into the modern era.
Geoff Drake is the former editor of Bicycling Magazine and VeloNews, and has covered cycling events worldwide including the Tour de France and Olympic Games. He also writes regularly for national motorcycle magazines and is the author of Smooth Riding, a motorcycling book. He is an avid cyclist, a Category II road racer, and an Ironman triathlete. He lives in Aptos, California.