Davis Phinney (right) with Race Announcer Dave Towle at the VeloNews Davis Phinney Fundraiser in June 2005.
What first introduced you to the world of cycling?
My introduction to bike racing was seeing the first Red Zinger Classic (later to become the Coors Classic) in my hometown of
Can you remember your first bike?
The first racing bike that I actually owned was a used italian Masi (10 speed of course), that I bought from a friend for $350 in 1976. I ended up using that bike off and on for the next 5 years.
Who were your idols growing up that you aspired to be?
My idol was a Belgian legend named Freddy Maertens. Freddy was an incredible sprinter, who once won 56 pro races in a season! For a time he was virtually unbeatable.
Can you remember your first win as a cyclist?
My first win was in a Jr/Sr Cat. 3 criterium around
What has been your best memory as a professional cyclist?
That is nearly an impossible question to answer. I have so many wonderful memories... Being part of the first N. American team to ride in the Tour (and winning a stage) in '86. Riding with Andy Hampsten when he won the Giro in '88. Winning stages at the Coors through all those years (22 stage wins in all), as well as claiming the overall GC title in '88. Winning the
What was your favorite team to ride for? Did you have a favorite teammate?
Riding for the 7-Eleven cycling team was an unbelievably good experience. I had many great teammates but if I were forced to pick, then it would have to be Ron Kiefel.
Do you have a favorite race in
The biggest and best race in
Do you have a favorite race in the
Nothing in the
How do you feel the current state of professional cycling is (drug accusations, the ProTour)?
This is a low-point in the history of the sport, there is no doubt. The roots to doping in cycling run deep however. The origin of the sport was never one of athletic purity. In the beginning (at the turn of the century), cycling was simply a test of what man and machine were capable of, and however the rider coaxed themselves to the finish line was their business. Unfortunately that ethos has stuck with European cycling throughout the generations since, it has become endemic within certain circles (not all but some). And the most recent scandals have shed light on how extreme doping practice has become -- and what riders are willing to risk to achieve results. One can only hope that these revelations will truly force the sport (UCI, ProTour, teams, and riders) to own up and appreciate that they are destroying cycling by continuing down this road.
Do you think youth cycling has grown over the past few years?
I don't really know. When I was a junior there seemed to be more riders at the national level than now. But thanks to the exposure that Lance has given road cycling, the number of juniors is on the rise.
How has fundraising been going for the DPF? Any big events planned over the next few months that our readers should know about?
The DPF is building at a managible pace. We have lot's of little events that are on our plate for '07. Big ones are a spinning fundraiser in NYC in February, the Copper Triangle in
You're the winningest cyclist in American history, do you think your record will ever be beat?
How did it feel to be inducted into the
A nice honor.
You are based out of