We’ve just reviewed the new Team 7-Eleven book on PEZ, but wanted to know more about the story behind the story, as it were. I caught up with author Geoff Drake from his California home and found him fresh from promoting the book, including an appearance at the opening party at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas.
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.
It’s that Badger again, clad in a yellow skinsuit to remind us that he won last year, it looks like the D-Day invasion fleet behind him, the cars and motorbikes raise a huge cloud of dust and waste paper as they roar past in a sonic boom of air horns and exhausts.