Michael Hiltner (Victor Vincente Of America)

Inducted in 2001 for Modern Road & Track Competitor (1945-1975)


Born Los Angeles, CA. Started racing at the age of 16. Won his first race 1957. Was Southern California Junior Road Champion 1957. All California Road Champion 1958 & 1965. Member Pan American Team 1959. Winner of the Tour of St. Laurent 1959. Winner of the Tour of Somerville, NJ. 1960. Olympic Team 1960 & 1964. Worlds Championship Team Bern, 1961, Nurnburgring 1962 & St. Sebastian 1965. Placed 2nd in the Pan America Games Team Road race 1963. ABL of A. National Road Champion 1965. Winner of many races in Italy 1961 & 1966.

Started the independent conception of human-powered vehicle 1969 and establish double transcontinental record. Santa Monica - Atlantic City - Santa Monica (36 days 8 hours 1975). Changed name to Victor Vincente of America 1978. Design, construct, pilot HPV Tachy Taxi 1979.

Design and mass production of the "Topanga" Mountain Bike 1979. Promoted Mountain Bike Races 1980 to 1995. Promoted two and three mountain bike tours 1984 to 1995. Inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 1989. Design the Olympic Mountain Bike medallion for the 1996 Olympic in Atlanta. Lives in Portland, OR.

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