|Full name||Alexi Grewal|
September 8, 1960 |
|Infobox last updated on
22 May 2011
Alexi Singh Grewal (ਅਲੇਕ੍ਸੀ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਰੇਵਾਲ ) (born September 8, 1960 in Aspen, Colorado) is an Indian American Olympic gold medalist and former professional road racing cyclist. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Grewal became the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in road cycling. His winning bicycle is now at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He has two brothers, Rishi and Ranjeet, who were also top American cyclists, especially in mountain bike racing.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame gave the following description of his Los Angeles gold medal ride: "With an estimated crowd of 300,000 lining the 190.2-kilometer route, Grewal edged Canadian Steve Bauer to claim the gold medal in the men's road race, breaking away from the field with 20 kilometers remaining and opening up a 24-second lead after 11 of 12 laps and then being caught by Bauer with 10 kilometers left, setting up a dramatic final-lap showdown. This scene, replayed many times since, is one of the most emotional Olympic victories of the Modern Games."
After winning Olympic gold, Grewal turned professional and signed with the Panasonic team and later with the 7-Eleven Cycling Team. According to teammate Bob Roll, Grewal was the captain of the 1986 7-Eleven team through the spring. Sometime later in 1986, he was dropped by the team after spitting on a CBS camera man who got too close. He raced for the U.S.-based Coors Light pro team from 1989-1993. He became well known in the cycling community as an extraordinarily talented, but emotionally volatile rider.
After retiring from professional cycling Grewal moved to Colorado with his family. Grewal began making hand-hewn and crafted furniture and architectural features out of native hardwoods after his cycling days were over. He lost part of his fingers in an accident involving a saw. A bicycle frame manufacturer in Denver, Colorado, the Clark-Kent company, made a special road racing frame, the "AX-1", to Grewal's specifications. This steel frame featured an unusual bent seat tube with unorthodox frame angles.
In 2004, Grewal was elected to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.
On April 3, 2008, VeloNews published an essay by Grewal on his personal use (and the overall prevalence) of doping in cycling during his career, both in his amateur and professional days.
On September 25, 2010, VeloNews announced that Grewal would be making a comeback at age 50, targeting the Quiznos Pro Challenge in Colorado in 2011. However, he was not on the start list and did not complete this race.
- 1st–Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb (1:57:36)
- Gold medalist–Summer Olympics, Men's Individual Road Race
- 1st–Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb (1:47:51)
- 1st–Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb (1:46:29 - former record)
- "National Museum of American History, Office of Public Affairs, Records". Record Unit 360. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- Emily V. Driscoll. "Pedaling Glory", Little India (Sep. 15, 2008). Retrieved 5-22-2010
- U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame 2004 Inductees. Accessed 5.22.2010
- Roll, Bob. Bobke II. Boulder, CO: VeloPress, 2003.
- New York Times, "7-Eleven Drops Grewal" (August 9, 1986)
- Pedal - Canada's Cycling Magazine
- "An essay by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Alexi Grewal", VeloNews (April 3, 2008)
- (September 25th, 2010