Davis Phinney was "inconsolable" after the 1984 Olympic road race, but he now looks back philosophically at the experience. Photo: The Pros Closet/Beth Schneider.
  • Johnny B.

    “Murray was once a powerhouse in the American cycling industry.” Eh, no. Murray made cheap “department store” bikes in the US sold at places like Wal-Mart and Sears. These were branded “Murray” but were built by Ben Serotta. Any US cyclist during this time knew how crazy it was to see “Murray” on these things but we all knew they were actually Serotta’s. The same thing happened with 7-Eleven’s “Huffy” bikes… another low-end, cheap brand name applied to custom steel frames made by someone else…

    • James Huang

      They were, indeed, cheap bikes but seemingly everyone had one. *I* had one!!

    • James Huang

      They were, indeed, cheap bikes but seemingly everyone had one. *I* had one!!

    • Bravo

      I may be mistaken but I believe that the 7 eleven Huffy’s were built by John Slawta of Landshark frames….

      • touristeroutier

        Mike Melton built many of the Huffy’s that 7-Eleven & The US National Team used. Slawta built Andy Hampsten’s Giro winning “Huffy’s” because he had a long term relationship with him (going back to when Hampsten raced for the Raleigh Team). Correction: the Cinelli stem on Phinney’s bike is a Cinelli 1/R; the XA model clamped from underneath, and came later.

        • James Huang

          Oh crap, you’re right! I was mainly thinking in my head about how the 1/A used that ugly exposed hardware and the XA was much sleeker. Totally forgot that it was still conventionally slotted. Thanks for the note. I’ll fix the text in the morning!

        • James Huang

          Oh crap, you’re right! I was mainly thinking in my head about how the 1/A used that ugly exposed hardware and the XA was much sleeker. Totally forgot that it was still conventionally slotted. Thanks for the note. I’ll fix the text in the morning!

      • touristeroutier

        Mike Melton built many of the Huffy’s that 7-Eleven & The US National Team used. Slawta built Andy Hampsten’s Giro winning “Huffy’s” because he had a long term relationship with him (going back to when Hampsten raced for the Raleigh Team). Correction: the Cinelli stem on Phinney’s bike is a Cinelli 1/R; the XA model clamped from underneath, and came later.

    • Bravo

      I may be mistaken but I believe that the 7 eleven Huffy’s were built by John Slawta of Landshark frames….

    • Chuck

      There’s even a Serotta decal on the chainstay.

  • George Darroch

    What a great story. Would love to have heard Alexi’s side of it!

    • anonyfool

      Alexi admission to more than the blood doping kind of tarnishes the story http://velonews.competitor.com/2008/04/news/an-essay-by-1984-olympic-gold-medalist-alexi-grewal_74053

      • Ashok Captain

        Even so . . . . a photo feature on Alexi’s ‘spray fade graphic’ Pinarello, cut-away shoes and his side of this particular Olympic race would be great.

      • Ashok Captain

        Even so . . . . a photo feature on Alexi’s ‘spray fade graphic’ Pinarello, cut-away shoes and his side of this particular Olympic race would be great.

      • Wily_Quixote

        His article makes no sense whatsoever. And I think it’s best if we just don’t mention doping, olympics and the 80s. Let’s just admire the bike….

      • Wily_Quixote

        His article makes no sense whatsoever. And I think it’s best if we just don’t mention doping, olympics and the 80s. Let’s just admire the bike….

      • Mickey McMook

        Read the article back then, and again now. Where does he admit to blood doping?

        • anonyfool

          Sorry, almost everyone on the USA cycling team was blood doped by Eddie B, before it was made against the rules.
          Pre internet for the most part. http://web.stanford.edu/~learnest/cyclops/dopes.htm

          • Wily_Quixote

            I’d forgotten about that. It was not actually cheating back then just an extremely stupid thing to do.

            That kind of cynical waving away of real threats to athlete’s health for the sake of a couple of medals is pretty sickening.

          • Mickey McMook

            Les Earnest’s screed does not list or count members of 1984 Team USA Olympic cycling team that blood doped; as I understand it, it was the track riders, not the road team. Inga Thompson and Connie Carpenter had to hide out from Eddie B. to avoid getting more pressure to blood dope.

          • Mickey McMook

            “Steve Hegg, who won a gold medal and a silver, received blood, as did silver medalists Rebecca Twigg, Pat McDonough and Leonard Nitz, who also won a bronze. John Beckman, Mark Whitehead and Brent Emery were identified as the others. The rest of the 24-member team had been offered transfusions and had turned them down.” Source: Sports Illustrated 21 January, 1985

    • anonyfool

      Alexi admission to more than the blood doping kind of tarnishes the story http://velonews.competitor.com/2008/04/news/an-essay-by-1984-olympic-gold-medalist-alexi-grewal_74053

  • George Darroch

    What a great story. Would love to have heard Alexi’s side of it!

  • Stan Cox

    That really is a good looking bike & it’s nice to see it “used” & not refurbished to look immaculate. Also reminds me not to be sniffy about any SLX frames I see for sale.

  • Stan Cox

    That really is a good looking bike & it’s nice to see it “used” & not refurbished to look immaculate. Also reminds me not to be sniffy about any SLX frames I see for sale.

  • Johnny B.

    Meant to add that this was a great read! Really interesting to hear Phinney’s perspective on Grewal and interesting to see the bike alongside the background story.

    • James Huang

      Thanks!

    • James Huang

      Thanks!

  • Johnny B.

    Meant to add that this was a great read! Really interesting to hear Phinney’s perspective on Grewal and interesting to see the bike alongside the background story.

  • Eat More Lard

    Never heard of Murray bikes. Were they available outside the US? Fascinating story, beautifully told. Your recent game is strong, CT. I’m liking it!

    • James Huang

      Murray was a popular department store brand here in the states but I don’t believe they were ever imported.

    • James Huang

      Murray was a popular department store brand here in the states but I don’t believe they were ever imported.

  • Eat More Lard

    Never heard of Murray bikes. Were they available outside the US? Fascinating story, beautifully told. Your recent game is strong, CT. I’m liking it!

  • exemplary1

    What always astonished me about this race was Bauer leading the end all the way through the sprint. Why even chance it? Deja vu in 1988 with Claude Criquielion and equally disastrous.

    • chickeee

      Bauer said he had good legs so stayed in front but couldn’t get the gear (15?) he wanted to accelerate past Grewal

  • Now THAT is a beautiful bicycle!

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