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botto 03-17-06 09:47 AM

I'm still kicking myself for flaking out and not meeting up with a friend for a ride back around '92-'93.

My friend, after getting tired of waiting for me, starts his ride in central park, and runs into Phil A. they did a lap, or two, togther. Apparently he was super cool.

Just bought my 1st pro-replica jersey since 1990. Since I missed out on the descente 7-eleven replicas, i decided to get myself a giordana motorola replica :)



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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
I saw him walking along the beach a couple of years ago, and I couldn't help but act like a stooopid, gushing fan :D After about 45 seconds I realized I was making goose of myself, so I ended the 'banter' :) He had a look on face like, "oh no, not another dickhead on an 80s steel bike who's gunna chew my ear off" :D Taller than I thought (i think he's 6ft 1), still in pretty good shape, massive calves!!!!


BPopham 10-15-08 08:30 PM

7-11 History - courtesy Davis Phinney
 
I found some fabulous 7-11 stories from Davis Phinney - one online in a story at cyclingnew.com - see http://cyclingnews.com/road/2004/tou...p?id=davis0403 , but the most entertaining version is a podcast from competitorradio.com - he tells the story of how 7-11 rider Alex Stieda became the dirst North American (he is Canadian) ever in the Yellow Jersey, without ever winning a stage!! He also tells some good Bob Roll stories... Well worth the listen - go to http://www.competitorradio.com/ then to ARCHIVES, and search for "Cycling" - there are lots and lots of interviews (over many years) with Lance, Bob Roll, Davis Phinney and many more. The podcast with the 7-11 history that is so entertaining is titled "Davis Phinney III"...

Enjoy!!!

MadeInItaly 10-15-08 08:34 PM

Talk about pulling one from the archives.

Creakyknees 10-16-08 09:48 AM

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Here, for the OP, some old team posters.

Note Lemond on the Coors squad, and Armstrong on the Subaru poster.

John Wilke 05-03-10 02:26 PM

Jeff Bradley (Trek) just yesterday in LaCrosse, WI Took 2nd in the Masters 35+ 1/2/3, and 15th in the Pro 1/2

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/c...g/brad-dog.jpg

San Rensho 05-03-10 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by barepedles (Post 832925)
I am looking for team rosters from the former 7-Eleven cycling teams. I believe the team was active for 10 yrs beginning in 1983. But I could be wrong. I would love any info anyone might have. I am especially looking for actual rosters.
Thanks for any help,
Barepedles

They had a team in 82 and I believe in 81 also. I raced against them in 82 in an early season pro-am race in St. Paul MI. They had ten guys on their team, they placed 1-10! I rode for Yellow Jersey out of Madison, WI and my team got 11th through 14th (I got 12th). It very humbling how easily they could control the race.

To this day I hate the "Slurpees". They just sucked up all the prize money wherever they went.

Homebrew01 05-03-10 06:18 PM

Normally I'm opposed to digging up old threads .... but this brings back a lot of memories similar to those already mentioned from the other old timers here.

John Wilke 05-03-10 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Wishbone (Post 2306986)
Did anyone notice that Jim Ochowicz's daughter raced as a speed skater in the Winter Olympics that just concluded? A number of good American cyclists from the 7 Eleven era got their start as skaters, I suppose because they used cycling to train in the off-season.

I was fortunate to meet a number of the 7 Eleven guys the first year Hampsten was on the team when they were present for the opening of a Wheels in Motion bike shop in Dallas. I got autographed cards from Hampsten, and my two young sons used to keep them on their nightstands next to their beds the way some kids displayed baseball cards.

The team raced in a criterium at the State Fair of Texas in October of, oh, 1984 or 1985. The course took them through a parking lot and on the sidewalk in front of the Cotton Bowl. To get over the curb in front of the stadium, asphalt was packed down to construct a makeshift "ramp". Everytime the pack went by, a couple of guys would rush out with brooms to sweep up the scattered clumps of asphalt, and try to repack the ramp. Ron Kiefel won, but I kept hearing people in the crowd ask "Where's Eric Heiden?" as he was the only guy most non-cyclists knew by name. Heiden wasn't there that day.

Jeff Bradley used to speed skate with Tillford when they were juniors (so I heard). Makes sense since Tillford seems to do every sport! :)

Homebrew01 05-03-10 07:21 PM

Speed skating & cycling are very compatible sports .... from muscle usage to mindset. I started skating and riding my bike around the neighborhood when I was a kid. They both appealed to me in similar ways.

spinwax 05-04-10 06:19 PM

Off topic a little.

I took second place to Bob Roll at a TNW (Thurs night local road race) in the 80s. I was 16 at the time.

I have a framed team 7-11 t-shirt in my fit studio. Still looks brand new!

Creakyknees 05-05-10 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by spinwax (Post 10765387)
Off topic a little.

I took second place to Bob Roll at a TNW (Thurs night local road race) in the 80s. I was 16 at the time.

I have a framed team 7-11 t-shirt in my fit studio. Still looks brand new!


I once pumped up Davis Phinney's tires at a crit in Dallas.

/ let's keep this thread alive, baby!

Scummer 05-05-10 11:41 AM

I saw the 1987 Tour de France peloton with the 7-Eleven squad roaring through Karlsruhe since I lived in that town until I was 18.
I can still remember the spot I was standing at. I was amazed how blazing fast the whole spectating was over.

531Aussie 05-05-10 09:29 PM

Yeah, "holy old thread, Batman." :) Ah well.....anyway, it's a bit of a bummer that Bauer has taken those pics off his site.
And what ever happened to waltergodefoot? :D

Anyway, I can't believe I didn't post this picture on this thread, coz I posted it just about everywhere else.


http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/l...eleventeam.jpg

Cleave 05-05-10 10:30 PM

Hi,

I'm surprised that I didn't post some obscure relationships that I have with some 7-11 riders.

First, I raced as a junior with Doug Shapiro on Long Island. Of course racing with him means starting a race at the same time. :o I ran into him years after he retired and I think he remembered me. After all, there weren't many Chinese-Americans racing bicycles during the 1970s.

Second, I worked with and was friends with a guy, who is still in the bike business, who grew up with and raced with Chris Carmichael.

Third, I am friends with and participate in training sessions led by Roger Young, who is Jim Ochowicz's brother-in-law (Sheila Young's brother).

Oh, and I really like Coca-Cola Slurpees. :D

531Aussie 05-05-10 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by 531Aussie (Post 10771243)

Anyway, I can't believe I didn't post this picture on this thread, coz I posted it just about everywhere else.


Or this one :D
Ha, I didn't know pros were cutting their sleeves back then



http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/l...user/yates.jpg

reidracer 05-06-10 02:40 AM

Some names I haven't heard in a long time...
 
In my memory of fast riders, 2 come to mind that were head and shoulders above the rest while I was chasing them. The first was a wee lad of 16-17 in the back farm roads of Madison, Wisconsin. I was just into the senior ranks as an 18 year old and young Tommy Matush left us for dead. He was on junior gearing and smashed the tt time of everyone who rode that day. Only G. Lemond would have caught him...he was minutes ahead of second place. Sad that he never chose to race on to the Euro level, but he was an inspiration nonetheless. Next only a few years later when I had moved to SoCal was a bullet quick guy with endless endurance named John Brady. I worked with John for a brief spell and foolishly thought I could hang on rides with him. Then he went and won the La Jolla Grand Prix in something like '87. Worth mentioning, but not a 7-11 guy was of course Wayne Stetina who blistered the lakefront course I grew up racing on to become national champ in 1985 for the second time. He beat some 7-11 folks that day handily. Still the greatest Shimano parts guy ever!!!

Voodoo76 05-06-10 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by spinwax (Post 10765387)
Off topic a little.

I took second place to Bob Roll at a TNW (Thurs night local road race) in the 80s. I was 16 at the time.

I have a framed team 7-11 t-shirt in my fit studio. Still looks brand new!

Once got a hand-sling from Frankie in a local training Crit. After I yelled at him.

stimo 11-15-13 06:43 AM

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Peter Stevenson also rode with 7- 11 and was Raoul Alcala's domo http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=350827

cmh 11-15-13 11:09 AM

Holy mother of zombie threads...

waterrockets 11-15-13 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by stimo (Post 16248556)
Peter Stevenson also rode with 7- 11 and was Raoul Alcala's domo http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=350827

This is actually a more recent photo (same jersey too):

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=350863

Jandro 11-15-13 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by cmh (Post 16249288)
Holy mother of zombie threads...

Hey at least s/he knew how to use the search function...

cmh 11-15-13 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Jandro (Post 16249582)
Hey at least s/he knew how to use the search function...

That wasn't meant to be a complaint - it was really fun to see this thread again.

Marcat56 06-06-14 06:41 PM

Ok I just found this thread so I may have missed this if anyone posted these names as original members who were also 7-11 employees:
Christopher Liu
Don Wintz
Steve Robles
Bob Hefner (rip)

I'll post some old pictures when I can dig them out. BTW - I'm married to one of the above!

joe englert 11-14-14 01:37 PM

This thread...back from the dead...I just had to mention, I just found a pic of "handy" Andy Hampsten all decked out in his team 7-11 kit riding in a race with Greg Lemond right behind him...nothing unusual about that except that Andy is riding a team Raleigh Bicycle....mmmm..any chance team 7-11 rode Raleighs back in the day to try out for a couple weeks...or was it some wierd contractual thing for Andy?

reidracer 07-23-15 03:46 PM

Andy raced for the Levi's Raleigh Team prior to racing for 7-11. Was a photo most likely of the Giro D'Italia in 1985, where Andy was given a 3 week contract to race the Giro. Levi's Raleigh were only a US domestic team, so Andy was allowed to be a hired gun internationally. 7-11 did not have him from the start of the season on the team and thus he was not fitted for a 7-11 frameset.


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