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John Vande Velde

Full name: John Charles Vande Velde
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: December 27, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: West Suburban Wheelmen
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Father of Christian Vande Velde.

Biography

John Vande Velde was US Junior Champion in individual pursuit in 1966 and later won US Senior titles in that event in 1969-70. He competed for the US at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics on the track, riding team pursuit both years and individual pursuit in 1972. A 1971 graduate of the University of Albuquerque, Vande Velde also rode at the 1971 Pan American Games, winning a bronze medal in the team pursuit. After the 1972 Olympics Vande Velde turned professional and was one of the early US pioneers in racing professionally in Europe. He competed on the road and especially in 6-day races.

Vande Velde had a bit part in the movie “Breaking Away,” in which he played one of the bad guys on the Cinzano team. He later went into sports marketing and helped stage and manage cycling events. His daughter Marisa was a national-level competitive cyclist while his son, [Christian Vande Velde], became a top level professional cyclist who rode the individual pursuit at the 2000 Olympics and the road race at the 2008 Olympics. He also rode in the professional peloton with various teams from 1998-2013.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres United States USA 1 h3 r1/4
1972 Summer 23 München Cycling Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres United States USA 12 QR
1972 Summer 23 München Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres United States USA 17 QR

Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Cycling United States USA Qualifying Round Heat Three 1 4:32.87
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