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Michael Hiltner

Full name: Michael Beckwith Hiltner
Other name(s): Victor Vincente of America
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: March 7, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Monica Cycling Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cycling

Biography

Michael Hiltner came to prominence at the 1959 Tour du St. Laurent in Canada, winning four of the 10 stages, and the GC. After the 1960 Roma Olympics, Hiltner stayed in Italy with Lars Zebroski, basing themselves in Firenze (Florence) and riding for an Italian amateur team. Hiltner won four races in Toscano in 1961, a criterium in March and hilly road races in April, July, and August. He was not picked up by any Italian pro teams, and later rode for the US at the 1961 and 1962 World Championships, and the 1963 Pan American Games where he won a silver medal in the team road race (with Robert Tetzlaff and the non-Olympian Robert Parson). In 1965 he won the first true US Championship in a road race, and also won the US hill climb title that year on Mount Evans in Colorado. He qualified for the Worlds in Spain and he and his Brazilian wife stayed in Europe where he raced thru 1967. In 1975 Hiltner set a record a double transcontinental crossing of 36 days and 8 hours, riding from Santa Monica to Atlantic City and back. Working by then mainly as a clothing and coin art designer, he also designed mountain bikes, and would eventually change his name to Victor Vincente of America. Hiltner was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2001.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 19 Roma Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual United States USA 24
1960 Summer 19 Roma Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial United States USA 11
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual United States USA 100
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial United States USA 20

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M
1960 Summer 19 Roma Cycling United States Final Standings 24 at 0:20
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Cycling United States Final Standings 100 at 20:02.37

Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 19 Roma Cycling United States USA Final Standings 11 2-24:00.97
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Cycling United States USA Final Standings 20 2-40:30.13