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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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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.Read more ›
Like I said, make a movie already!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool read. Gave me allot of insight to US cycling and its growth. Brings some of the personalities alive.Published 20 days ago by Moneedr
Great read. Educational in terms of how Americans became bike focused!Published 5 months ago by SJX40250
If you think professional football and hockey players are tough hombre's read this book and you will be amazed at the grueling pain that pro cyclists endure - day in day out during... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert A. Lotzer
I loved watching the 7-11 team race in Europe. this book provides a valuable incite behind the scenes.Published 13 months ago by jaybird
Excellent book. My personal coach and trainer is Harvey Nitz, who was a member of Team 7-Eleven.Published 16 months ago by © 2007 SGD