The founder of the BVSC Cycling Department, József Pataki Sr. was born on September 26, 1919. He started cycling during the years of war: at first he tried road cycling then he began riding on Millenáris Velodrome’s concrete track as well. He was the favourite of the spectators, whose number back then was several thousand, he won the Stayer races one by one.

World Championship, Paris, 1947: Károly Kudett assists József Pataki Sr. to start

World Championship, Paris, 1947: Károly Kudett assists József Pataki Sr. to start

He won the title „Hungarian Champion” four times. He entered several world championships and he always was one of the best. And so it was on the Paris Championship held in 1947; just before that event he found out standing on the platform of the train station that his son, József Pataki Jr. was born.

József Pataki Sr.

József Pataki Sr.

He later became known as „Patyi”, the name that spectators gave him in Paris, since the French were unable to pronounce „Pataki”. With his great performance he won the appreciation of French spectators who pronounced the name Pataki as Patyi. That is how the Stayer Champion became Patyi.

József Pataki Sr. and József Pataki Jr.

József Pataki Sr. and József Pataki Jr.

Patyi raced together with Béla Szekeres Sr., who was also one of the most excellent characters of cycling sport owing to both his results and personality. Béla Szekeres Sr. was the father of the Olympic Games 6th place winner Sprint Champion Béla Szekeres Jr.; whose performance is still one of the best in Hungarian cycling sport history. Béla Szekeres Jr. later became the godfather of Pataki Jr. and major patron of the youngest Pataki, Ibolya. Patyi Sr. established BVSC in 1956 in Thököly Street.

József Pataki Jr.

József Pataki Jr.

When his son began his cycling career in 1959 at the age of 12, everyone called him little Patyi. Little Patyi was true to his name, he already won Hungarian Championships in his junior age, but of course he gave his best performance in stayer races, like his father. József Pataki Jr. won the Stayer Hungarian Championship 10 times, which granted him the title „Eternal Hungarian Champion”.

Rózsa Pataki, József Pataki Jr. and Ibolya Pataki

Rózsa Pataki, József Pataki Jr. and Ibolya Pataki

In 1970 Patyi Jr. took over the management of the cycling department. His first child, Rózsa, born on February 2, 1975 also tried cycling sport but her main profile was not racing. On August 11, 1977 the youngest member of the cyclist Pataki dynasty was born, Ibolya Pataki.

József Pataki Jr. and Ibolya Pataki

József Pataki Jr. and Ibolya Pataki

Ibolya began cycling in 1987 under the guidance of former cyclist excellence András Baranyecz, and György Hazai who is still working as a couch. Following the instructions of her father, she became the best junior cyclist of Hungary.

Ibolya Pataki

Ibolya Pataki

She won the junior Hungarian Championship 34 times, some national records set up by her haven’t been exceeded ever since, she participated 3 times in the Junior World Championship, where her best place was 6th in the main event, Points Race. She could wear the tricolour dress of the Hungarian Champions 9 times in the adult category.

Botond Holló and Ibolya Pataki - Vienna, 2014

Botond Holló and Ibolya Pataki – Vienna, 2014

Her father during his racing career had many accidents, fell a lot in the course of races, unlike his daughter who was – owing to her successes and the fact that she never failed to stand her ground – named „the quick-on-her-toes daughter of the Falling Champion” by journalists in an article.