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Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World - and Won Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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"The new Team 7-Eleven book brought back great memories." -- Eric Heiden, 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Team 7-Eleven cofounder

"[Team 7-Eleven] catalogues every episode, from the colorful characters to the shocking successes, in a methodical chronology of the team's decade-long run." -- Podium Café

"What wonderful and painful memories Och and Geoff brought to life in the new Team 7-Eleven book! From the early ‘Ranch Dog' days to the Tour de France victories, the stories and level of detail are spot on. Och provided the opportunity for us cowboys to show the world we had the mettle." -- Ron Kiefel, Team 7-Eleven rider

"I greedily read Team 7-Eleven and discovered some new nuances to stories I thought I knew. Drake and Och captured the spirit of the team and brought it back to life." -- Alex Stieda, Team 7-Eleven rider and the first North American to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey

"I thought I knew a lot about the riders and their famous victories, like Andy Hampsten's remarkable Giro d'Italia win in 1988 and Alex Steida, Jeff Pierce and Davis Phinney's stage wins in the Tour de France. But [Team 7-Eleven] is so full of fascinating details and behind-the-scenes anecdotes that I couldn't put it down." -- RoadBikeRider.com

"For me, Geoff and Jim's book Team 7-Eleven passed that fact-check test. What I didn't expect was that I would get drawn into remembering the amazing bike race battles that Sergent Rock van Och lead us into. And to think that we followed him!" -- Tom Schuler, Team 7-Eleven rider

"Team 7-Eleven is a true joy to read…It is an essential read if this period of cycling is one that passed you by or one that is before your time." -- TheWashingMachinePost.net

"I thank Geoff Drake for the honest way I think things are written in the book. Team 7-Eleven is very accurate. Drake puts history in a perspective that made me sentimental about what we did as a team. At the time, we didn't know whether we were part of a vision, an impulse, or a youthful dare!" -- George Taylor, 7-Eleven cycling team sports sponsorship agent

"[Team 7-Eleven's] history is chronicled in great detail. Longtime cycling journo Geoff Drake and Jim Ochowicz (one of the team's co-founders) highlight the trials and tribulations of putting the team on an international stage." -- NBCSports.com

"Team 7-Eleven is a lively, easy read…The kit is iconic, the team was featured in "American Flyers" and at this point are not only an important piece of cycling history, but a slice of Americana as well." -- NYVelocity.com

"The [Team 7-Eleven] book is rich in details, well-paced and very entertaining…Team 7-Eleven is an excellent addition to the history of the sport." -- Pezcyclingnews

"Team 7-Eleven is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the history of U.S. racing and how the groundwork was established for the eventual domination of Lance Armstrong and the current crop of top U.S. pros." -- RoadBikeRider.com

"The Team 7-Eleven book is an essential history for anyone who has ever swung a leg over the top tube of a racing …Of note, though, is how gratifying the actual reading of the book has been. For a book gourmand such as your author, Drake serves up fine writing fare by the fork full." -- Le Grimpeur

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You could count America's world-class cyclists on one hand in 1980. Yet within a few short years, the 7-Eleven cycling team launched the superstar careers of Davis Phinney, Ron Kiefel, Andy Hampsten, Bob Roll, and many more. From humble beginnings in a Pennsylvania barn to soaring victories in the French Alps, Team 7-Eleven is the remarkable story of how two cycling fans found one exceptional sponsor and changed the world of cycling forever. "A true joy to read; it's very difficult to put down." --"TheWashingMachinePost.net" "An overdue look at the constructing of the first American team to compete overseas." --"NYVelocity.com" "Rich in details, well-paced and very entertaining . . . an excellent addition to the history of the sport." --"Pezcyclingnews" "Essential history for anyone who has ever swung a leg over the top tube of a racing bike. . . . Drake serves up fine writing fare by the fork full." --"Le Grimpeur" Forewords by Eric Heiden and Eddy Merckx
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; First Edition edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Geoff Drake's prose shines, as you would expect from the former editor of Bicycling magazine, but overall the book under-delivers on what should be a fascinating tale.

Did the team's former PR department write this? Time after time, interesting topics are introduced but not developed.

A rider is described as "occasionally troubled" but that is never explained. We learn that the Tour of Texas race week was a "smorgasbord of physical indulgences," but no more is said. Andy Hampsten spends the winter of 87-88 at a "survivalist boot camp," but we learn nothing about what was done at the camp, who ran it, or even where it was. Bob Roll was, by all other accounts, a bad-boy walking storybook, but the only anecdote about this key rider is a trivial remark emphasizing his team-player mentality.

Every rider is talented. Everyone does his best. Everyone gets along. Please! Nothing in real life is this syrupy.

Jim Ochowicz, the team's founder and manager, certainly deserves praise for his vision and tenacity. But placing him at the center of the narrative, and coating page after page with continuous, hyperbolic praise of his personal background and managerial genius, puts a non-racing character in the middle of the story and robs the book of potential drama.

The book really breaks down where it should shine brightest--the team's foray into European cycling. A timid and incomplete narrative fills the books final chapters.

As the team goes to Europe, an Italian sponsor brings a young doctor, Massimo Testa, aboard. Much is made of Andy Hampsten's initial resistance--though suffering from an intestinal illness--to getting an "electrolyte" IV from Doctor Testa. Eventually Andy agrees after being shown the bottle's label.
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I reviewed this for my podcast (ESP Podcast) and enjoyed the history of the book, but I would generally agree with the 3 star reviews here. I found the book disjointed at times, often repeating itself in spots. I also feel that it does a great job filling in details from the 1970's to 1986, but just falls flat after that. It lacked a lot of the meat in those years. So why not 3 stars? I think that anyone looking for the backstory of Team 7-Eleven, especially those who were inspired to take up racing or by the team while racing, it is worth the read. If you know most of the whole story, then I would save your money.
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Outstanding read! Even if you're a casual cyclist or just enjoy an adventurous true-story, this is a truly fascinating tale. I think there's a full length feature film lurking inside this book. The story covers the earliest days of the awakening of US road cycling in places like the Wolverine Sports Club in Wisconsin. Because the story of Team 7-11 is so intertwined throughout early US cycling culture, the riders that make up the story line are like a roll-call of cycling legends: Jim Ochowicz, Andy Hampsten, Ron Keifel, Davis Phinney, Bob Roll, Eric Heiden and Alex Steida are just a few. Add to this the relationship of these competitors with the likes of Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong as part of the Motorola squad that 7-11 evolved to.

Like I said, make a movie already!
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There was American pro cycling before the Lance Armstrong era, and if you want to know about it, here's your passport.

From Eric Heiden to Andy Hampsten, Ron Kiefel, Alex Stieda, Davis Phinney, Chris Carmichael, and Bob Roll, all the members of the first American cycling team to make it in European professional cycling are here, orchestrated by Jim Ochowicz. Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond appear, along with other members of the peloton interacting with the 7-Eleven team.

The writing flows smoothly, holds your attention, and there are plenty of quotes from the riders. This history is personal: it's about the riders, rather than the abstract forces of cycling history. Some nice photographs as well.

You can read it in a few hours, and you may well go back and leaf through for favorite passages from time to time.

When you finish this book, you'll certainly know a lot more about where all these people in cycling came from.

Six stars!
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I grew up watching the old Coors Classic races in Colorado and idolizing the 7-eleven guys. I can honestly say they sparked my interest in the Tour de France and cycling in general. I never knew the history of the team or anything other than what I saw of them in the Coors or the tour so this book was fascinating and kept my attention. So many Americana cyclists owe so much to 7-eleven and the trail that they blazed. Read this book if you are a fan of cycling or just a sports fan in general.
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It was a good book and I learned a lot about the history of the team and American cycling in the 80s and 90s. I really didn't get interested in cycling till about 99 so allot of the information was new to me. That being said it was written more documentary style then anything else so its not a real page turner. I would still buy it again though.
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This book had so much promise and actually started well enough. However it is jumpy in how it flows, never quite goes into the right amount of detail when you expect it to and fails miserably to expand on areas that are of particular interest or to even inject enough drama in the racing portions. I wasn't expecting it to unearth secrets of the peleton drug scene but some acknowledgement or insight would have been beneficial. I sensed the author was careful not to offend or upset anyone, the result leaves the characters two dimensional and the story lacking any bite.

Overall it felt a bit like reading Wikipedia; Plenty of facts and nuggets from that era -which is where it does score fairly well and why it gets two stars- but the end to end story was severely lacking and poorly edited. Of the 8 cycling books I have read this year this is the only one that I would not recommend.
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