VICTOR VINCENTE OF AMERICA (Michael Hiltner)
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.
-H. G. Wells
I contacted Victor Vincente of America through his web site and asked for his recollections of his days as an Eloi and his history in bicycle racing.
you become an Eloi?
the production find out about your bicycle racing to use you for
I'm not familiar with the world of bicycle racing so I'll have to rely on you for any comments you wish to include in that respect
In 1958 I won the California road racing championship, at the distance of 50 miles, so during the filming in 1959 I was current champ.
In '59 I made the PanAm Games team (Chicago). Also '60 Olympic team (Rome) when I remained for two years in Florence to compete. '63 PanAm team (Sao Paulo) and '64 Olympic team (Tokyo). I was National road champion in 1965, as well as North America hillclimb champion (Mt. Evans, Colorado).
Later, after racing days, I established the double transcontinental record (Santa Monica - Atlantic City - Santa Monica) at 36 days, 8 hours. That record stood nine years. Then in 1979 I discovered dirt roads and independently invented mountain biking, and designed and produced some early mountain bikes. Others in Marin County were already doing that without my knowledge.
I've been inducted to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and have been declared to be the "Most Significant Person" [in the History of Mountain Biking] by Mountain Bike magazine. I stayed with cycling because I was doing well with it, and I always craved attention and recognition.
During the filming of the Time Machine (in fact, all during my younger years) I was shy, timid, naive. When I recently logged onto Ms. Mimieux' website, I was shocked to realize she and I are the same age. I always assumed that she, being a movie star, was an older person than I. Seeing myself alongside her in the promotional photo is like a Time Machine experience in itself, and brings to mind the alternate universe that would have come to pass if I had had the nerve to talk with her, to make some connection. Even at this time, I would welcome an opportunity to meet her again.
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