Inducted in 1997 for Contributor
Jim Ochowicz was an Olympic cyclist, director sportif, and national governing body president best know for leading the first U.S professional team into European competition. In 1995, Ochowicz’ U.S. based 7-Eleven Team competed in the Giro d’Italia. The next year he took the team to the Tour de France and opened the door for a resurgence of American success not seen since the early 20th century.
Ochowicz began his career as a cyclist, and participated in the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics in the 4 km team pursuit cycling event. He later served as president of the USA Cycling Board of Directors from 2002-2006 until returning to the sports as manager of the BMC Racing Team in 2007.
1981-90 – 7-Eleven Cycling Team
1991-96 – Team Motorola
2000,2004,2008 – USA men’s Olympic road
2007 – BMC Racing Team