Simon van Velthooven

Simon Paul van Velthooven (born 8 December 1988)[1] is a New Zealand track racing cyclist and America's Cup sailor.

Simon van Velthooven
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Simon van Velthooven
Personal information
Full nameSimon Paul van Velthooven
Born (1988-12-08) 8 December 1988 (age 32)
Manawatu, New Zealand
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
Team information
Current teamTeam New Zealand
DisciplineTrack sprint
Amateur team
Professional team
Major wins
World, Commonwealth, Olympic medalist

Simon won New Zealand's first sprint cycling medal in the Men's Keirin at the 2012 Summer Olympics jointly with Teun Mulder after the race officials were unable to separate the two in a photo finish for third place. He has also won multiple World Championship and Commonwealth Games medals and was the 2012 World Cup champion in the 1 km time trial and keirin events[2][3] In 2014, he won a silver in the 1000 m time trial at the Commonwealth Games.[4]

van Velthooven joined Team New Zealand in 2015 and was one of the original "cyclors" that helped develop the revolutionary boat and was a huge asset to the team that won the 2017 America's Cup for Team New Zealand.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Simon van Velthooven.
  2. ^ "Men's Keirin". Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Olympics: Van Velthooven wins bronze for New Zealand". The New Zealand Herald. 7 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Men's 1000m Time Trial". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  5. ^ Matt Majendie, for. "America's Cup: Van Velthooven swaps freewheeling for foiling". CNN.
  6. ^ "Palmerston North cycling star Simon van Velthooven's pedal power helps drive America's Cup win". Stuff.
  7. ^ Wright, Ed (27 June 2017). "Simon van Velthooven enjoys America's Cup triumph -".

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