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Team 7-Eleven: The Inside Story of America's Greatest Cycling Team

09.09.2011
Boulder, Colorado
Team 7-Eleven: The Inside Story of America's Greatest Cycling Team

In 1980, there were exactly four professional bike racers in America. Six years later, America's 7-Eleven 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 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 powerhouses the sport has known.

Written with the enthusiastic cooperation of the team members, Team 7-Eleven reveals the unlikely story of the team's founding, its growing pains, its strange introduction to European cycling, and its lasting legacy as the pioneer that launched American cycling into the modern era.

Now 30 years after the team's remarkable creation, the story of Team 7-Eleven is available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. For more information and to download a free preview, please visit www.velopress.com/711.

Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World-and Won
Geoff Drake with Jim Ochowicz, forewords by Eric Heiden and Eddy Merckx
Hardcover with jacket, 85 color photographs
6" x 9", 352 pp., $27.95, 978-1-934030-53-0

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.

Jim Ochowicz is a two-time Olympic cyclist and former speedskater who cofounded the 7-Eleven cycling team in 1981. He managed 7-Eleven through 1991 and its successor, the Motorola Cycling Team, through 1996. He served six years as president of the board of directors of USA Cycling, and is currently the manager of the BMC Racing Team. He was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1997.

VeloPress publishes books for cyclists, triathletes, and runners on training, nutrition, and the histories and personalities of endurance sports. VeloPress is a division of Competitor Group, which publishes Velo, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, and Competitor magazines and produces the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series, TriRock triathlon series, and the Muddy Buddy adventure race series.

Media review copies, excerpts, author interviews and events:
Dave Trendler, Marketing and Publicity Manager, (303) 245-2138,
dtrendler@competitorgroup.com

For information on how to sell VeloPress books, please visit www.velopress.com/shops.

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