BUCHANAN Rushlee < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 20 Jan 1988 in Hamilton, NZL
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Adrian Hegyvary
Residence Cambridge, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Business Management, Science - Massey University: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began cycling at age 12.
Why this sport? She was inspired to try the sport after watching New Zealand track cyclist Sarah Ulmer compete at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. "That really touched me. Sarah got fourth and that was my inspiration to go and find out more about cycling. It was not a gold medal or a world record that inspired me, it was true heart and a down-to-earth Kiwi attitude."
Club / Team Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club: New Zealand
Name of coach Ross Machejefski [national]
General Interest
Nicknames Rush (cyclingdatabase.com, 18 Apr 2014)
Hero / Idol New Zealand track cyclist Sarah Ulmer. (stpetersalumni.org.nz, 01 Jan 2017)
Injuries She broke her wrist in 2009 while racing in the Dana Point Grand Prix in California, United States of America. She needed six weeks to recover. (tasportscycling.co.nz, 11 Jun 2009; roadcycling.co.nz, 05 May 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I'm known for my aggression and attacking tactics." (nzherald.co.nz, 07 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours She was part of the New Zealand women's team pursuit squad that was named the 2019 Track Team of the Year by Cycling New Zealand Road and Track. (cyclingnewzealand.nz, 27 Jan 2020)

In 2019 she was named Elite Female Track Cyclist of the Year at the Cycling New Zealand Annual Awards. (cambridgenews.nz, 13 Jun 2019)
Other sports She represented New Zealand in road cycling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, 2014, and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Apr 2020)
Famous relatives Her husband Adrian Hegyvary has represented the United States of America in road cycling and track cycling. On the road he was part of the squad that was ranked 19th in the team time trial at the 2015 World Championships in Richmond, VA, United States of America. On the track he won gold in team pursuit at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Apr 2020; nzherald.co.nz, 07 Jan 2016)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newsroom.co.nz, 28 Feb 2019)
Other information FAMILY LIFE
Her husband Adrian Hegyvary is a US cyclist who has competed at international level in both track cycling and road cycling. The pair have homes in Cambridge, New Zealand, and Asheville, NC, United States of America, but depending on their schedules, they can spend significant periods of time apart. "It's a kind of strange time, to be honest, when we see each other at track events. You have your own track time, your own area in the middle of the track and we're on our own schedule. So sometimes we literally wave at each other from the other side of the velodrome. Some days you have the same schedule and are staying at the same hotel, but it's totally luck of the draw where your country has put you." (newsroom.co.nz, 28 Feb 2019)

She has studied for a master's degree in sport management. (newsroom.co.nz, 28 Feb 2019)