Adam Duvendeck

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Adam Duvendeck
Personal information
Full nameJeremy Adam Duvendeck
Born (1981-10-28) October 28, 1981 (age 37)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Team information
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
2002–2008Momentum Cycling Team
Professional team(s)
2001NetZero Cycling Team

Jeremy Adam Duvendeck (born October 28, 1981, in Santa Barbara, California) is a retired American professional track cyclist.[1] He represented the United States in two editions of the Olympic Games (2004 and 2008), and later claimed two elite national titles each in men's sprint (2003) and Keirin (2006) at the U.S. Track Cycling Championships. Before retiring to focus on his coaching career in 2009, Duvendeck rode for the Momentum Cycling Team.[2]

Racing career[edit]

As a multi-sport athlete during his early years in Santa Barbara, California, Duvendeck had been competing numerous times in baseball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball until he began his cycling career as a cross-country mountain biker at the age of thirteen. After spending a year in off-road racing, Duvendeck purchased his first road bike, and instead made a decision to focus instead on track cycling under the guidance of his personal coach and 1984 Olympian Rory O'Reilly.[3] Four years later, Duvendeck sought sporting headlines on the domestic cycling scene with a surprising triumph in the men's kilometre time trial at the 1999 USA Cycling Junior Track Championships.[4] Following his early success, Duvendeck continued to display his versatility as a solid, all-around track cyclist by adding the U.S. men's team sprint title to his career hardware in 2003.

An official member of the USA Cycling team, Duvendeck made his worldwide debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished eleventh in the men's team sprint (45.742), along with his teammates Christian Stahl and Giddeon Massie.[5][6]

Shortly after his first Olympics, Duvendeck took a break from competitive cycling to pursue his studies in kinesiology at Santa Barbara City College. Upon returning to a relatively leisure schedule from his two-year education in 2006, Duvendeck refocused his efforts on other sprint events, such as Keirin and sprint, since the removal of the kilometre time trial from the Olympic program. Moreover, he chased his Olympic teammate Massie for the men's Keirin title at the U.S. Track Cycling Championships.[7]

Duvendeck qualified for his second U.S. squad, as a 26-year-old, in the men's team sprint at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving an automatic berth from the USA Cycling Team's Selection Camp.[8][9] He helped his teammates Massie and Michael Blatchford set an eighth-place time in 45.346 (an average speed of 59.542 km/h) on the morning prelims before losing out to the Brits (led by Olympic legend Chris Hoy) in the first round.[10]

In early 2009, Duvendeck officially retired from competitive cycling to further pursue his career as a head coach of the UC Santa Barbara cycling team, as a track director for the USA Cycling team, and eventually, as a manager for Anschutz Entertainment Group at the Velo Sports Centre in Carson, California.[11] Additionally, Duvendeck starred in the reality TV series The Bachelorette (season 5), where he was one of ten bachelors to be sent home early in the season's first rose ceremony.[12]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) U.S. Track Cycling Championships (Team sprint), United States


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Adam Duvendeck". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ Zant, John (8 May 2008). "Santa Barbara Cyclist Adam Duvendeck Sets His Sights on the Summer Olympics". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Duvendeck eyes sprint in Beijing". Velo News. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Duvendeck is champion". Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. August 1999. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Cycling: Men's Team's Sprint". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. ^ "U.S. cyclist Pearce finishes 14th". ESPN. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  7. ^ "USA Elite Track Nationals Day 3". Daily Peloton. 9 October 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  8. ^ "USA Cycling Announces 2008 U.S. Olympic Team". Team USA. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  9. ^ "USA Cycling announces cyclists eligible for Beijing Olympic team". USA Today. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Men's Team Sprint First Round". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Adam Duvendeck to manage the Home Depot Center Velodrome". USA Cycling. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Duvendeck refocuses after "Bachelorette"". Team USA. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2013.

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