Thom heli-skiing in Sun Valley
Thom and Kipling on top Mont Ventoux, France
Thom surfing in Namotu Island, Fiji
Early days of Subaru Montgomery Elite and Masters Cycling Team
1990 National Masters Championships Sprint (left) and Kilo (right)
1981 National Corporate Championships (left) 1990 National Criterium Masters Championships (right)
Thomas Weisel has been passionate about competitive sports since his youth, both as a participant and later in leadership roles for skiing and cycling.
As an Athlete
Thomas Weisel started in sports at an early age, speed skating in local races at age 7 and winning the Midget Boys Wisconsin State Championship at 10 years old. He set the National record for Juvenile Boys in 1955 and won his first National Speed Skating Championship that year as well. He continued winning, becoming a five-time age-rated National speed skating champion from 1955-1959. He set five national records at various distances during that time. He placed third in the Olympic trials in 1959 at the age of 17. At the same time Weisel was active in other sports, becoming the starting quarterback for his high school football team and winning the Class A seniors 1-mile bike race in Wisconsin against a national field.
Mr. Weisel started to ski race in the late 1970’s and eventually won the bronze medal in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Overall in the US Masters National Championship in 1982 in the 40 year-old age group.
Over several decades at Montgomery Securities, Mr. Weisel helped form competitive teams in multiple sports to engender camaraderie among the firm. Many employees competed in the SROG (Summer Rally Olympic Games) in the early 1970’s. This was a ten event decathlon in which Mr. Weisel won the first year.
In 1980, Montgomery had a very competitive running team, placing 3rd at the Runners World National Corporate Challenge. Later on, they formed skiing and cycling teams. The cycling team won the AT&T Corporate Challenge in 1989.
Mr. Weisel’s knees gave him problems after too much ski racing and running distance races, including the Dipsea in Mill Valley, so he took up bicycling racing in the 1980’s. Mr. Weisel won five age rated US National Championships and three World Championships on the track and criterium racing between 1989 and 1991. In 1991, Mr. Weisel was named the Masters Athlete of the Year by US Cycling. He set two age rated national records in 1991.
Presently, Mr. Weisel is an avid cyclist, skier and surfer.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Montgomery Securities competed in many corporate sports events including running, skiing and cycling. The firm started Montgomery Sports in 1987 to establish a domestic cycling team. In 1990, the firm attracted Subaru to become a co-sponsor of the team, which was renamed the Subaru Montgomery Cycling Team. The team recruited the former United States Olympic cycling team coach, Edward “Eddie B” Borysewicz, as well as Lance Armstrong that year. Armstrong won the US Amateur Road Race in 1991 but left for the Motorola team in 1992.
Montgomery Sports recruited 1984 Olympic gold medal cyclist, Mark Gorski, to run its cycling program. In 1995, the team attracted the U.S. Postal Service as its lead sponsor. Armstrong joined the U.S. Postal Service team for the 1998 season. Montgomery Securities was sold to Nations Bank / Bank of America in 1997 along with Montgomery Sports. Beginning in August 1999, ownership of the cycling team was taken over by DFP Cycling, with Mr. Gorski still managing the team’s business and day-to-day activities. In April 2001, DFP Cycling changed its name to Tailwind Cycling. The U.S. Postal Service ended its sponsorship of the team at the end of 2004 and Tailwind Cycling wound down operations in 2007. Mr. Weisel never held more than a minority interest in any entity that owned the U.S. Postal Service cycling team.
With regard to Lance Armstrong’s doping and the litigation surrounding this matter, Mr. Weisel has testified under oath that he did not know about Armstrong’s doping activities. Not one of the athletes who has recently admitted to doping – in books they have authored, in interviews, in affidavits they have submitted to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, or in testimony they have given – has said that he ever discussed doping with Mr. Weisel, let alone that Mr. Weisel encouraged or condoned doping by US Postal Service team members. After a two-year-plus investigation into the allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit filed on behalf of the United States by Floyd Landis against Armstrong, the team’s coach, Johann Bruyneel, Mr. Armstrong’s business managers, and Mr. Weisel, the Department of Justice declined to intervene in the case against Mr. Weisel. Mr. Weisel then moved to dismiss all of Landis’s claims against him and, in 2014, the court granted Mr. Weisel’s motion and dismissed the claims against Mr. Weisel.