The USI had dwindled to a handful of members, but an old friend of the USI was back on the scene to lend a hand. After Oliver Martin had spent several years at the national level racing had moved on to coaching and headed the United States national programs for a time from the mid to late 70’s. In the early 80’s Oliver was back in New York. He owned and operated a bike shop and recruited a new group to race under the USI banner.
The Manhattan Express 1982 and 1983 USCF team rosters for the USI included old friends like Tony Fiore, veteran competitors Ronnie Hauser and Horace Green, as well as newcomers including Richie DiGiacomo.
The Manhattan Express was not long lived, but a USI renaissance was just around the corner.
In 1988 Dave Marinelli, owner of the Metro Cycle Sport bike shop in White Plains requested permission to base the USI from his store on Mamaroneck Avenue.