Hoover just placed eighth in the Omnium, which USA Cycling Coach Rob Stanley said was a great result.
“For the first half of the bike race, he did 100 percent exactly what we spoke about, and then the back end of the race, he was racing against WorldTour guys who just came off of the Tour de France,” Stanley said. “So to be able to do what Gavin did there, that was the best race he’s ever done. It’s his fifth Omnium ever, and he’s eighth in the world. You can’t really ask for much more than that right now.”
Americans Jennifer Valente and Megan Jastrab raced in the women’s Omnium, which this year was included in the Olympics for the first time.
Hegyvary comes to Tokyo after a long career on the road, having spent nine years with UnitedHealthcare. Perhaps unusual for Olympic bike racers, Hegyvary also has a law degree.
Here’s a look at their bikes, which were photographed with non-race wheels at the U.S. Olympic Training Center velodrome before they left for Japan.
Hoover racing in the Omnium — an event consisting of four separate races — against the likes of defending champion Elia Viviani (Italy) and this year’s winner, Matt Walls (Great Britain).
Hoover’s Felt TK FRD track bike, shown here with wheels he uses for training — not the Corima front wheel and Campagnolo rear disc he used for racing the Omnium.
Many riders on Team USA use Aerocoach handlebars, both these super-narrow drop bars as well as molded extensions for the team pursuit bikes.
Besides being narrow, the Aerocoach bars are heavily sculpted to minimize drag at just about every spot save the bottom of the drops.
Hoover’s bars barely measure more than 30cm wide.
Adrian Hegyvary’s Felt is similar to his teammate’s, but the 6-foot-3 Hegyvary opts for a traditional bar.
Hegyvary’s bar isn’t exactly getting stuck in door frames.
How wide? Not very, for Hegyvary.
Hegyvary’s stem keeps things clean. And no, there’s no need for internal routing on a track bike!
The head unit for Hegyvary’s SRM power meter is bolted under the saddle for data collection.
Selle SMP’s distinctive bent-beak profile provides Hegyvary’s perch of choice.