The club continued to have success as the 1960’s closed and 70’s began. Members Ronnie Hauser & Mike Caggiano featured in race wins and placings, but there were changes too as the old hands that had guided the club for so long began to leave the scene.
The last USI National Champion was Leroy Gatto of San Jose, California who won the 1975 10 mile mass start scratch race.
The USI had been a city based club for most of its existence, but like many Americans the club moved north to the suburbs. Americans who grew up and stayed in the same town and took up the pursuits of their families including the sport of cycling earlier in the century were now moving to new parts of the country. There was less opportunity for the club to have second and third generation cyclists.
In 1975 the American Bicycle League of America became the United States Cycling Federation and the name change reﬂected a change in where amateur cycling was centered in the US. Many of the older clubs from the East and Midwest had either shrunken in members and inﬂuence or simply faded away. The German Club, the Belgian Club, the Acme Wheelmen which were NY City based clubs were no more. The CRCA city based club did continue and has thrived. The Kissena club was started in 1963 at the same time as the Velodrome was being set up.
In January of 1976 Otto Eisele Sr. who had served as the USI club secretary and so much more for 55 years passed away. He has been fondly remembered by those who had the opportunity to work and ride with him ever since. He was inducted into the Bicycle Hall of Fame in 1994. Otto Sr.’s contribution to the USI is nearly immeasurable and his work through the years helped preserve and shape the course of amateur bicycle racing in America.