Finally! Episode 12! MWCPod Talks to American Professional Cycling Pioneer, Tom Schuler

You're probably wondering where the heck we've been. Well, Mark was in California for work, Sean screwed up the schedule (again!) and we had some trouble connecting with this week's guest, Tom Schuler the last two times we tried. But the third time was the charm for us, and Tom, and we couldn't be more excited to share this episode with you.

Tom Schuler in his element at Tour of America's Dairyland.

Tom Schuler in his element at Tour of America's Dairyland.

Let me throw this palmarès at you:

  • US National Team Member
  • Member of the 1980 Olympic Team
  • US Amateur Champion
  • Member of Team 7-11
  • US Pro Champion
  • Over 100 Career Victories
  • Raced the Giro d'Italia in 1985
  • Raced in Milan San Remo in 1987
  • Raced in the World Championship in 1985, 87
Schuler as a National Road Race Champion and member of the 7-11 team.

Schuler as a National Road Race Champion and member of the 7-11 team.

I mean, come on! Tom is truly one of the pioneers of American professional cycling, and a Midwest native who grew up in Michigan. Luckily for our cycling community, Tom chose to come back and settle in Milwaukee when he transitioned from professional racing to team and event management. 

This was a very exciting interview for us. We had a list of questions, as usual, with which we intended to dig into Tom's history in cycling, but once he started talking about Team 7-11 and really laying the historical foundation for American Professional cycling, all we could do was sit back and listen. Tom was holding court, and it took us a few minutes to process what we were hearing.

For those of you who race the road, odds are high that you've participated in; know someone who has participated in; or at the very least, have heard of ToAD - the Tour of America's Dairyland. It's a Big Deal, and Tom is one of the reasons it exists and has gone off without a hitch for the last decade.

You all are really going to enjoy this one. I promise.

THE INTERVIEW

As I mentioned, Tom was holding court and Mark and I were just along for the ride. Tom starts at the beginning with his time as a professional road racer for the iconic 7-11 racing team and takes us all the way up to the present as we talk about the Tour of America's Dairlyland and the Bone Ride. Along the way we get some great insights into what it was like to be on a trailblazing American racing team, as well as what it's like to be on the production side of a multi-day racing tour. 

LINKS FROM THE INTERVIEW

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--Mark & Sean