In 1956 the cycling department was founded within BVSC (Budapest Railwaymen Sports Club). The department began its work in a room not bigger than 4×3 metres at Thököly Street 41, near the Millenáris Velodrome.

Founders of the department, Pál Orbán and József Pataki Sr. in the middle

Founders of the department, Pál Orbán and József Pataki Sr. in the middle

As the years have passed and the number of members has grown a bigger room was needed, so in 1961 the cycling department was moved to Garay Square 14 in the 7th district, a much better environment.

János Juszkó winning the 6th stage of the 1966 Course de la Paix

János Juszkó winning the 6th stage of the 1966 Course de la Paix

Owing to the tireless and professional work of József Pataki Sr., the cyclists of BVSC, such as János Juszkó, Pál Orbán, László Sleisz, József Fülöp, Péter Bauer and József Pataki Jr. became known Europe-wide. In 1975 the cycling department had to move again, since the excellent performance of the team and international success finally resulted in financial support. With the help of the management of the Trade Union of Hungarian Railwaymen and MÁV Hídépítő a cycling centre with 140 sqm basic area was established at the premises of BVSC in Szőnyi Street in the 14th district.

BVSC-Intertraverz team shot at the Millenáris Velodrome

BVSC-Intertraverz team shot at the Millenáris Velodrome

Success, however, was not enough under the difficult general economic circumstances. No sufficient financial support could be obtained, therefore due to financial problems the number of the department’s members had to be decreased twice.

Olympic Games, Sydney: BVSC-Zugló rider Szilvia Szabolcsi during the sprint competition

Olympic Games, Sydney: BVSC-Zugló rider Szilvia Szabolcsi during the sprint competition

As a result of that the department continued its work with 20 cyclists and 2 coaches (József Pataki Jr. and György Hazai) at first, then with 15 members and 1 coach (József Pataki). Later on Ibolya Pataki took over the leadership of the team.

BVSC-Zugló racers as national track champions in 2005

BVSC-Zugló racers as national track champions in 2005

The team’s international success continued with the results of Szilvia Szabolcsi. Her performance at the junior and adult cycling world championships and the excellent places achieved by her upheld the reputation of the team. The greatest cycling performance is hallmarked by her name as well: at the U23 European Championship held in 1997 Szilvia became Sprint European Champion. Unfortunately she couldn’t repeat this feat in 1998 but she also stood there on podium.

Team photo, 2008

Team photo, 2008

In 2000 at the Sidney Olympic Games Szilvia achieved the distinguished 5th place. In 2001 at the World Championship she finished 6th in Sprint race. In 2002 she again finished among the 6th best cyclists of the world. In 2003 she took 8th place in the world standings beside her preparation for the Olympics. In 2004 she was 14th in the world standings.

Team photo, 2011

Team photo, 2011

In 2005 a young talent, Krisztián Lovassy achieved international success. At the European Championship held in Italy he finished 7th in Points Race. His performance caught the attention of World Cycling Center and Krisztinán was invited there for 2 months training. In 2005 the cycling department of BVSC became the track team of the year in Hungary.

Krisztián Lovassy, who was the member of the Hungarian Olympic Team in London, 2012

Krisztián Lovassy, who was the member of the Hungarian Olympic Team in London, 2012

International success continued in 2006. At the World Championship Krisztián Lovassy achieved 5th place in Points Race, and in 2012 he became the member of the Hungarian Olympic Team, and took part in the London Olimpic Games.