Elite Men 1991 1:51:41
Elite Men 1992 1:45:30
Elite Men 1993 1:56:57
Elite Men 1994 1:50:35
Elite Men 1995 1:46:32
Engleman’s behind-the-scenes role is new for an athlete who so often found himself in the winner’s spotlight during his own celebrated professional career. Engleman wracked up nearly 50 wins during his 12- year run, spreading his palmares among prestigious one-day events and stage races in the United States and abroad. The Texan with a knack for climbing turned pro in 1987 during the cycling heyday that followed the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and Greg Lemond’s history-making 1986 Tour de France win. Riding with the red-and-white striped Schwinn-Icy Hot team, he quickly made his mark in the domestic pro peloton with a stage win at the Coors Classic during his rookie outing.
The former collegiate cross country runner added another stage win at the legendary Colorado race in 1988 and added two stage wins and the overall victory at the Cascade Cycling Classic in 1990. Engleman’s 1991 season with the Coors Light Racing team proved to be his best. Riding alongside former 7-Eleven stars Davis Phinney and Roy Knickman, Engleman finished third overall at the Tour de Limousin in France, won the Thrift Drug Classic in the Unites States and took two stages and the overall at Australia’s Herald Sun Tour. He also added the first of five Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb titles to his growing list of results. In all, Engleman won 12 races in 1991, the first of his four years with a Coors Light team that dominated domestic racing throughout the early 1990s.
Engleman added 27 more wins through 1995, including two more Cascade Cycling Classic titles and overall wins at the Tour of the Adirondacks, the Killington Stage Race, The Fitchburg Longsjo Classic and the Tour de Toona. The course record he set at the 1992 Mount Evans Hill Climb lasted more than a decade until Tom Danielson broke it by nearly four minutes in 2004. Following a season at Shaklee, Engleman signed with the up-and-coming Division 1 U.S. Postal Service/ Montgomery Securities team in 1996, but after a season without wins he returned to domestic racing with Navigators Insurance for the final two Years of his career. Engleman won the Nevada City Classic for the third time in 1998 and then walked away from cycling – or so he thought.
“I grew up at a ranch with horses, and that’s really where I wanted to go to when I was done,” Engleman said. “I was just tired of the traveling and I wasn’t really sure where I fit in cycling, so I was perfectly happy to buy a remote little horse place and do horses.”
Engleman started his own ranch in tiny Dolores, Colorado, about 45 miles from Durango in the southwest corner of the state. He settled comfortably into the family business of raising and selling show horses, and he gave little thought to the racing that had taken up most of his adult life. But his past literally came calling just a few years later when Jim Miller, then director of the T-Mobile Women’s Team, which at the time served as USA Cycling’s de facto elite women’s development program, rang him one evening toward the end of 2002 and asked him to consider helping out.
Engleman worked with T-Mobile in 2003 and 2004, but left the program when owner Bob Stapleton wanted to separate the team from USA Cycling. Stapleton eventually took over the former Deutche Telekom men’s team and re-branded both squads under the HTC-Highroad title sponsorship. The women’s team continues today as Specialized-lululemon, managed by current owner Kristy Scrymgeour’s Velocio Sports.
Although he was no longer officially part of the pro team or USA Cycling’s development program, Engleman was inspired by the talented riders he worked with while he was at T-Mobile; the list includes Armstrong, Abbott, Neben, Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, Dede Barry, Kimberly Baldwin and Mari Holden among others.