SAN DIEGO — The man on a motorcycle plays Pied Piper to a single-file line of bicyclists, pacing their morning workout at the San Diego Velodrome.
As he circles the track, lap after lap, his face maintains its expression. He is content, in his element.
It is an idyllic scene, a rare moment of tranquility in the life and times of Eddy B.
For 11 years, Eddy Borysewicz, 49, served as director of the U.S. national cycling team. It was a stormy, sometimes controversial, tenure.
And a tremendously successful one.
Under his guidance, U.S. cyclists won more than 50 medals in World Championship, Olympic and Pan American Games competition.
Mike Fraysee, a member of the U.S. Cycling Federation's board of directors and close friend of Borysewicz, said: "There has never been anyone to have the impact Eddy B. has had. He took us from a floundering federation to one of the top three in the world."
Jerry Lace, executive director of the cycling federation, added: "He's the single individual responsible for what's happening in cycling in the U.S."
That ended in January.
In a surprising announcement eight months before the Seoul Olympics, Borysewicz resigned. All parties insist he was not forced out.
"Eddy and I had talked about him leaving at the end of the year," Lace said. "But in January, I was surprised. We had to scramble."
Mark Hodges was appointed director of the national teams, and cycling officials say the change probably won't affect American chances at the Olympics in Seoul.
Lace said Borysewicz (pronounced Bor-SAY-vich) has assisted in the transition and remains a consultant to the team.
But most of his time these days is spent at home in Escondido or at the track in Balboa Park, coaching several members of the Brazilian national team and a couple of the best U.S. riders.
He said he is satisfied.
"When I am with athletes, I am always happy," he said.
It was the time away from athletes, haggling and hassling with administrators, that led to his resignation, Borysewicz said.
"I resign because I can't do what I like to do," he said.
Eddy B., a native of Poland, has a reputation as a taskmaster, but his voice belies that. It is a soft and gentle, with a pronounced accent.
"After '84, I say everything must be different," Borysewicz said. "I don't want to use the people (assistant coaches without paying them) anymore. They must get right pay. Must be right everything.
"It is not. Administration has nice offices, great jobs. But not coaches.
"I see I cannot be successful. I am bad politician. I am coach. I say I better leave. In January, I resign because I cannot have what I ask: coaches, money and different program."
Lace said that changes he has made the last couple of years, forcing more accountability and tightening budgets, did not sit well with Borysewicz and contributed to his resignation.
"The system is changing," Lace said. "I do not allow the freedom and flexibility the former executive director did. At one point, Eddy was almost the entire federation. But his freedom was curtailed."
Borysewicz was born the son of a prosperous army colonel in Lodz, Poland, in 1939.
"I am born in 1939, so I am good guy," he says, laughing. "In Poland, everybody say before second World War, everything was good. So we say, who was born before second World War is good guys."
When the war was over, the young Borysewicz became interested in athletics and was considered an excellent runner as a teen-ager.
"I run 400 meters very well," he said. "The national coach bought me my first bicycle. That was the last day I was running."
His cycling career began when he was 17 and quickly blossomed. But he never reached his full potential. In 1960, military obligations kept him out of the Olympics, he said. In 1964, injuries prevented him from competing in the Games.
"I was a very fast-growing rider," he said. "I was national junior champion. Lots of people call me the next coming star. But there was many things wrong with health and crashes. So, I went to university and study hard and I say, 'What I not done, my boys do for me.' "
His boys were young Polish cyclists, looking for a coach.
"I pick riders--nobodies--and train these guys to world champions and Olympic champions," he said.
By 1968, Borysewicz was a member of the national team coaching staff and helped make Poland a world power in the sport.
But the long hours he dedicated to coaching put a strain on his marriage, and in 1974, his wife left him.
"So I quit cycling," he said. "I ruin my life because of cycling. I had money, but my life was cracked because I love my wife and my family (he also had a daughter, Jiona). I became a teacher at university in physical education program."
In 1976, Borysewicz took a leave of absence to attend the Olympics in Montreal. He said he had no plans to defect, but he never returned.
"I leave Poland with $2,500 in my pocket to have a break," he said. "I was tired and disappointed. I say, 'I will travel one year and see my friends for refreshment.' I never think I will stay."