Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a land, the United States of America, where some people believed there was a place for pro cycling and that an All-American Team could defeat the world. This was no fairy tale as the peculiar conjunction of an Olympic skating star, a determined construction worker and a fast-growing chain of convenience stores in 1980 made it possible.
If you are like me, the month of July is all about the Tour de France. This year, four American teams and ten American cyclists participated in the Tour, and an American team won it. Much of the growth and success of American racing in the European peloton over the last 20 years can be attributed to one man: Jim Ochowicz.