Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hegyvary gets big payday at Texas Tough Criterium

FILE PHOTO: Adrian Hegyvary of Seattle's Hagens Berman team makes his way in a breakaway during the Hood River Criterium of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

DALLAS, Texas -- A name that should be familiar to Oregon race fans hit a big payoff Thursday night in Texas.

Adrian Hegyvary of Seattle's Hagens Berman squad made his way into the winning breakaway at the Texas Tough Gran Prix Criterium, the second-to-last stop in the USA CRITS Series, and scored his big payout by winning the $2,500 Gambler's prime with two laps to go. Hegyvary added to his prize by taking fourth overall and going home with $5,400 for his night's work.

"Here's the synopsis," he wrote on HIS BLOG. "Went off solo about 5 laps into the rainy 75min race, stayed off the front in every break (about five), won three big primes (including the gambler's prime), then finished fourth. For my efforts I'm bringing home $5,400, the biggest take of the race. Texas... not so bad.

Hegyvary's also had a busy season in Oregon. He won two stages of April's Cherry Blossom Classic, was one of the most aggressive riders during June's Mt. Hood Cycling Classic and took the Portland Twilight Criterium in August.

He made it into a five-rider break late in the race with Team Type 1's Michael Creed, National Criterium Champ John Murphy (OUCH-Maxxis), Mountain Khakis's Adam Myereson and eventual winner Keith Blackgrove of Hotel San Jose, according to a live report by Lyne Lamoureux of Podium Insight.

The USA CRITS Series will wrap up Thursday, Sept. 24, in Las Vegas during Interbike.