Saturday, December 31, 2011

From the Library: Team 7-Eleven

Two icons in bicycle racing during the 1980s ushered in a surge in American presence in the professional peloton at that time, as well as over the succeeding years - Greg Lemond, and Team 7-Eleven. Both, in their own ways, are regarded as setting the stage for American racers and team organizations who have made the jump to European competition in the years since. This book, by Geoff Drake, is a quick read and fascinating look at the development of Team 7-Eleven and many of the team's top riders. Highs and lows, anecdotes, triumphs and tragedies; it is loaded with tidbits of information, and insights into the sport. It is a wonderful account of a historic period of cycling when Americans (as in North Americans - Canadians and Mexicans, as well as riders from the United States) were beginning to make their presence felt on the international scene. A worthy addition to anyone's cycling library.

Drake, Geoff with Jim Ochowicz  Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took On the World - And Won  Boulder, CA: Velo Press, 2011

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