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1908  London Summer Olympics

1908 Summer Olympics - The Results (Cycling)

Cycling at the 1908 London Summer Games

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 13, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908
Events: 6

Participants: 97 (97 men and 0 women) from 11 countries
Youngest Participant: FRA Georges Perrin (16 years, 87 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Billy Pett (34 years, 324 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): GBR Ben Jones (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain (9 medals)

A total of 97 cyclists from 11 nations competed at the London Games:

  •  Belgium (6)
  •  Canada (5)
  •  France (23)
  •  Germany (9)
  •  Great Britain (36)
  •  Greece (1)
  •  Italy (4)
  •  Netherlands (5)
  •  South Africa (4)
  •  Sweden (2)
  •  United States (2)
  

Overview

The cycling events were conducted during the first week of the stadium events at the 1908 Olympics. As The Sporting Life noted, " . . . the weather was the reverse of pleasant. As a matter of fact, it was the rule rather than the exception for the track to be flooded." The track in question was at the large White City Stadium which had been constructed for the 1908 Olympic Games. It was a concrete track measuring 660 yards (603.5 metres) in length and surrounded the running track.

  

Medal summary

EventGoldSilverBronze
660 yards

 Victor Johnson (GBR)  Émile Demangel (FRA)  Karl Neumer (GER)
5000 metres

 Benjamin Jones (GBR)  Maurice Schilles (FRA)  André Auffray (FRA)
20 kilometres

 Clarence Kingsbury (GBR)  Benjamin Jones (GBR)  Joseph Werbrouck (BEL)
100 kilometres

 Charles Bartlett (GBR)  Charles Denny (GBR)  Octave Lapize (FRA)
Sprint

No medalists - race declared void as time limit was exceeded in final
Tandem

 André Auffray
and Maurice Schilles (FRA)
 Frederick Hamlin
and Horace Johnson (GBR)
 Charlie Brooks
and Walter Isaacs (GBR)
Team pursuit

 Great Britain (GBR)
Benjamin Jones
Clarence Kingsbury
Leonard Meredith
Ernest Payne
 Germany (GER)
Max Götze
Rudolf Katzer
Hermann Martens
Karl Neumer
 Canada (CAN)
William Anderson
Walter Andrews
Frederick McCarthy
William Morton
  

Medal table

 
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Great Britain (GBR) 5 3 1 9
2  France (FRA) 1 2 2 5
3  Germany (GER) 0 1 1 2
4  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
 Canada (CAN) 0 0 1 1
Totals (5 nations) 6 6 6 18
 

Men's Sprint 660 yards

 Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 14, 1908
Date Finished: July 15, 1908

Competitors 48from 9 nations

Summary

Later in the summer, [Victor Johnson] would win the world sprint championship at Leipzig (GER), with the other medals going to his countryman, [Ben Jones], and the Frenchman, [Émile Demangel]. All three competed in the Olympic sprint, with Johnson winning there as well, this time narrowly defeating Demangel in the finals. In the final race, [Karl Neumer] jumped after 1/3rd of a lap, gaining six lengths quickly. Just before the straight, Johnson and Demangel caught Neumer and they battled to the finish with Johnson winning by inches. During his career, Johnson would win six National Cycling Union (NCU) championships.

The men's 660 yards was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. It was the shortest of the events, comprising a single lap of the track. The time limit for the race was 1 minute, 10 seconds. The 1908 Games was the only time when the 660 yards event was part of the Olympic cycling program.

Final

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Victor Johnson  Great Britain 51.2 seconds
2 Émile Demangel  France Unknown
3 Karl Neumer  Germany Unknown
4 Daniel Flynn  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinals

The fastest cyclist in each of the 4 semifinals advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Victor Johnson  Great Britain 59.2 seconds
2 Johannes van Spengen  Netherlands Unknown
3 Paul Texier  France Unknown
4 Walter Andrews  Canada Unknown

Semifinal 2

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Émile Demangel  France 51.6 seconds
2 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain Unknown
3 William Bailey  Great Britain Unknown
4 Floris Venter  South Africa Unknown

Semifinal 3

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Daniel Flynn  Great Britain 54.8 seconds
2 André Auffray  France Unknown
3 George Cameron  United States Unknown
4 Ernest Payne  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 4

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Karl Neumer  Germany 1:05.6
2 Lucien Renard  Belgium Unknown
3 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain Unknown

First round

One cyclist from each of the 16 heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain 59 seconds
2 Dorus Nijland  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 2

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 William Bailey  Great Britain 50.8 seconds
2 Frederick McCarthy  Canada Unknown
3 Pierre Seginaud  France Unknown

Heat 3

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain 57.4 seconds
2 Rudolf Katzer  Germany Unknown
3 Georgius Damen  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 4

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Victor Johnson  Great Britain 56.2 seconds
2 Jean Patou  Belgium Unknown
3 Richard Villepontoux  France Unknown

Heat 5

The fifth heat was voided due to the two cyclists both exceeding the time limit of 70 seconds.

PlaceCyclistNationTime
Maurice Schilles  France No time
Frank Shore  South Africa No time

Heat 6

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Émile Demangel  France 59.8 seconds
2 George Summers  Great Britain Unknown
3 Andrew Hansson  Sweden Unknown

Heat 7

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Johannes van Spengen  Netherlands 58.2 seconds
2 Hermann Martens  Germany Unknown
3 Joe Lavery  Great Britain Unknown

Heat 8

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Walter Andrews  Canada 55.8 seconds
2 Joseph Werbrouck  Belgium Unknown
3 Gaston Delaplane  France Unknown

Heat 9

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Paul Texier  France 1:01.6
2 Thomas Passmore  South Africa Unknown

Heat 10

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Floris Venter  South Africa 1:03.2
2 Georges Perrin  France Unknown
3 Bruno Götze  Germany Unknown

Heat 11

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Karl Neumer  Germany 54.2 seconds
2 W. F. Magee  Great Britain Unknown
3 Émile Maréchal  France Unknown
4 Antonie Gerrits  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 12

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Ernest Payne  Great Britain 57.2 seconds
2 André Poulain  France Unknown
3 Jean Van Benthem  Belgium Unknown

Heat 13

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Daniel Flynn  Great Britain 55.0 seconds
2 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein  Netherlands Unknown
3 Paul Schulze  Germany Unknown

Heat 14

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Lucien Renard  Belgium 55.2 seconds
2 Gaston Dreyfus  France Unknown
3 William Morton  Canada Unknown
4 Gerald Anderson  Great Britain Unknown

Heat 15

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 George Cameron  United States 1:05.2
2 Léon Coeckelberg  Belgium Unknown

Heat 16

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 André Auffray  France 58.4 seconds
2 Arthur J. Denny  Great Britain Unknown
3 Philipus Freylinck  South Africa Unknown

Final Standings

RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Victor Johnson 24 Great Britain GBR Gold  
AC r2/2 Maurice Schillès 20 France FRA   DQ
2 Émile Demangel 25 France FRA Silver  
AC r2/2 Victor Johnson 24 Great Britain GBR   DQ
3 Karl Neumer 21 Germany GER Bronze  
AC r2/2 Ben Jones 26 Great Britain GBR   DQ
4 Dan Flynn   Great Britain GBR    
AC r2/2 Clarrie Kingsbury 25 Great Britain GBR   DQ
2 h1 r2/3 Johannes van Spengen 21 Netherlands NED    
2 h1 r2/3 Karl Neumer 21 Germany GER    
2 h2 r2/3 Clarrie Kingsbury 25 Great Britain GBR    
2 h3 r2/3 Émile Demangel 25 France FRA    
2 h3 r2/3 André Auffray 23 France FRA    
2 h4 r2/3 Guglielmo Morisetti 22 Italy ITA    
2 h4 r2/3 Lucien Renard   Belgium BEL    
3 h1 r2/3 Floris Venter   South Africa RSA    
3 h1 r2/3 Paul Texier   France FRA    
3 h3 r2/3 Joe Lavery   Great Britain GBR    
3 h2 r2/3 Bill Bailey 20 Great Britain GBR    
3 h4 r2/3 André Auffray 23 France FRA    
3 h3 r2/3 George Cameron 26 United States USA    
4 h1 r2/3 Paul Texier   France FRA    
3 h4 r2/3 Ben Jones 26 Great Britain GBR    
AC h2 r2/3 Ernie Payne 23 Great Britain GBR    
4 h1 r2/3 Walt Andrews 27 Canada CAN    
AC h2 r2/3 Dan Flynn   Great Britain GBR    
4 h2 r2/3 Floris Venter   South Africa RSA    
AC h2 r2/3 George Cameron 26 United States USA    
4 h3 r2/3 Ernie Payne 23 Great Britain GBR    
2 h1 r1/3 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 20 Netherlands NED    
2 h1 r1/3 Dorus Nijland 28 Netherlands NED    
2 h2 r1/3 André Poulain   France FRA    
2 h2 r1/3 Fred McCarthy 26 Canada CAN    
2 h3 r1/3 Andrew Hansson 25 Sweden SWE    
2 h3 r1/3 Richard Katzer   Germany GER    
2 h4 r1/3 Pierre Seginaud   France FRA    
2 h4 r1/3 Jean Patou 29 Belgium BEL    
2 h5 r1/3 Dorus Nijland 28 Netherlands NED    
2 h6 r1/3 George Summers   Great Britain GBR    
2 h7 r1/3 Richard Villepontoux   France FRA    
2 h7 r1/3 Hermann Martens 31 Germany GER    
2 h8 r1/3 Philip Freylinck 22 South Africa RSA    
2 h8 r1/3 Joseph Werbrouck 26 Belgium BEL    
2 h9 r1/3 William Morton 27 Canada CAN    
2 h9 r1/3 Harry Passmore 23 South Africa RSA    
2 h12 r1/3 Émile Maréchal   France FRA    
2 h10 r1/3 Georges Perrin 16 France FRA    
2 h13 r1/3 George Summers   Great Britain GBR    
2 h11 r1/3 Willie Magee   Great Britain GBR    
2 h14 r1/3 Anton Gerrits 22 Netherlands NED    
2 h12 r1/3 André Poulain   France FRA    
2 h15 r1/3 Gaston Delaplane 26 France FRA    
2 h13 r1/3 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 20 Netherlands NED    
3 h1 r1/3 Guglielmo Malatesta 16 Italy ITA    
2 h14 r1/3 Gaston Dreyfus   France FRA    
3 h2 r1/3 Johnnie Matthews 23 Great Britain GBR    
2 h15 r1/3 Léon Coeckelberg   Belgium BEL    
3 h4 r1/3 Paul Schulze 25 Germany GER    
2 h16 r1/3 Arthur Denny   Great Britain GBR    
3 h7 r1/3 Bill Bailey 20 Great Britain GBR    
3 h2 r1/3 Pierre Seginaud   France FRA    
3 h8 r1/3 Herbert Crowther 25 Great Britain GBR    
3 h3 r1/3 Georgius Damen 20 Netherlands NED    
3 h12 r1/3 Bruno Götze 25 Germany GER    
3 h4 r1/3 Richard Villepontoux   France FRA    
3 h13 r1/3 Louis Weintz 23 United States USA    
3 h6 r1/3 Andrew Hansson 25 Sweden SWE    
4 h4 r1/3 Fred McCarthy 26 Canada CAN    
3 h7 r1/3 Joe Lavery   Great Britain GBR    
4 h8 r1/3 Gaston Dreyfus   France FRA    
3 h8 r1/3 Gaston Delaplane 26 France FRA    
AC h6 r1/3 Willie Magee   Great Britain GBR    
3 h10 r1/3 Bruno Götze 25 Germany GER    
AC h6 r1/3 Hermann Martens 31 Germany GER    
3 h11 r1/3 Émile Maréchal   France FRA    
AC h6 r1/3 Johannes van Spengen 21 Netherlands NED    
3 h12 r1/3 Jean Van Benthem   Belgium BEL    
AC h16 r1/3 Frank Shore   South Africa RSA    
3 h13 r1/3 Paul Schulze 25 Germany GER    
AC h16 r1/3 Georges Perrin 16 France FRA    
3 h14 r1/3 William Morton 27 Canada CAN    
3 h16 r1/3 Philip Freylinck 22 South Africa RSA    
4 h11 r1/3 Anton Gerrits 22 Netherlands NED    
4 h14 r1/3 Gerald Anderson   Great Britain GBR    
AC h5 r1/3 Maurice Schillès 20 France FRA    
AC h5 r1/3 Frank Shore   South Africa RSA  
 

Men's 5,000 metres

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908

Competitors 42from 9 nations

Summary

This was a tremendous race. At the bell, the Dutchman, [Gerard Bosch von Drakestein] jumped the field and was not caught until the final straight. [Ben Jones] then passed him, taking a length's lead. But the Frenchmen [Maurice Schilles] and [André Auffray] were in rabid pursuit and only failed by inches to catch Jones at the line. Schilles entered a protest, claiming that Jones had collided with him on the last lap, but it was disallowed. This was Jones' second gold medal of the Olympics, as he helped the British pursuit team to the title.

The men's 5000 metres was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the median of the individual event distances. The time limit for the race was 9 minutes, 25 seconds.

Final

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain 8:36.2
2 Maurice Schilles  France Unknown
3 André Auffray  France Unknown
4 Émile Marechal  France Unknown
5 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain Unknown
6 Johannes van Spengen  Netherlands Unknown
7 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein  Netherlands Unknown

Semifinals

The best cyclist in each of the 7 semifinals advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Johannes van Spengen  Netherlands 8:39.8
2 Daniel Flynn  Great Britain Unknown
3 Guglielmo Malatesta  Italy Unknown
4 Pierre Seginaud  France Unknown
William Bailey  Great Britain Did not finish

Semifinal 2

Demangel had finished first by inches, but was disqualified for fouling.

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Émile Marechal  France 9:01.4
2 Frederick McCarthy  Canada Unknown
3 Antonie Gerrits  Netherlands Unknown
Ernest Payne  Great Britain Did not finish
Émile Demangel  France Disqualified

Semifinal 3

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 André Auffray  France 8:56.8
2 Hermann Martens  Germany Unknown
3 Philipus Frylink  South Africa Unknown
4 Bruno Götze  Germany Unknown
5 William Morton  Canada Unknown

Semifinal 4

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein  Netherlands 8:42.8
2 W. F. Magee  Great Britain Unknown
3 Pierre Texier  France Unknown
4 T. H. E. Passmore  South Africa Unknown
André Poulain  France Did not finish

Semifinal 5

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain 9:08.8
2 Karl Neumer  Germany Unknown
3 Cesare Zanzottera  Italy Unknown
4-9 Georgius Damen  Netherlands Unknown
Gaston Delaplane  France Unknown
Max Götze  Germany Unknown
J. L. Lavery  Great Britain Unknown
Frank Shore  South Africa Unknown
Richard Villepontoux  France Unknown

Semifinal 6

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain 8:53.0
2 Guglielmo Morisetti  Italy Unknown
3 Dorus Nijland  Netherlands Unknown
4 G. Dreyfus  France Unknown
5-6 Walter Andrews  Canada Unknown
Albert Calvert  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 7

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Maurice Schilles  France 7:55.4
2 C. V. Clark  Great Britain Unknown
3 William Anderson  Canada Unknown
4-7 Guillaume Coeckelberg  Belgium Unknown
Rudolf Katzer  Germany Unknown
Georges Perrin  France Unknown
Floris Venter  South Africa Unknown
 

Final Standings

RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Ben Jones 26 Great Britain GBR Gold  
2 Maurice Schillès 20 France FRA Silver  
3 André Auffray 23 France FRA Bronze  
4 Émile Maréchal   France FRA    
5 Clarrie Kingsbury 25 Great Britain GBR    
6 Johannes van Spengen 21 Netherlands NED    
7 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 20 Netherlands NED    
2 h1 r1/2 Dan Flynn   Great Britain GBR    
2 h2 r1/2 Fred McCarthy 26 Canada CAN    
2 h3 r1/2 Hermann Martens 31 Germany GER    
2 h4 r1/2 Willie Magee   Great Britain GBR    
2 h5 r1/2 Karl Neumer 21 Germany GER    
2 h6 r1/2 Guglielmo Morisetti 22 Italy ITA    
2 h7 r1/2 C. V. Clark   Great Britain GBR    
3 h1 r1/2 Guglielmo Malatesta 16 Italy ITA    
3 h2 r1/2 Anton Gerrits 22 Netherlands NED    
3 h3 r1/2 Philip Freylinck 22 South Africa RSA    
3 h4 r1/2 Paul Texier   France FRA    
3 h5 r1/2 Cesare Zanzottera 21 Italy ITA    
3 h6 r1/2 Dorus Nijland 28 Netherlands NED    
3 h7 r1/2 Will Anderson   Canada CAN    
4 h1 r1/2 Pierre Seginaud   France FRA    
4 h3 r1/2 Bruno Götze 25 Germany GER    
4 h6 r1/2 Gaston Dreyfus   France FRA    
5 h3 r1/2 William Morton 27 Canada CAN    
AC h1 r1/2 Bill Bailey 20 Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Ernie Payne 23 Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Émile Demangel 25 France FRA   DQ
AC h4 r1/2 Harry Passmore 23 South Africa RSA    
AC h4 r1/2 André Poulain   France FRA    
AC h5 r1/2 Georgius Damen 20 Netherlands NED    
AC h5 r1/2 Max Götze 27 Germany GER    
AC h5 r1/2 Joe Lavery   Great Britain GBR    
AC h5 r1/2 Gaston Delaplane 26 France FRA    
AC h5 r1/2 Frank Shore   South Africa RSA    
AC h5 r1/2 Richard Villepontoux   France FRA    
AC h6 r1/2 Walt Andrews 27 Canada CAN    
AC h6 r1/2 Albert Calvert   Great Britain GBR    
AC h7 r1/2 Guillaume Coeckelberg   Belgium BEL    
AC h7 r1/2 Richard Katzer   Germany GER    
AC h7 r1/2 Georges Perrin 16 France FRA    
AC h7 r1/2 Floris Venter   South Africa RSA  

Men's 20 kilometres

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 14, 1908
Date Finished: July 14, 1908

Competitors 44from 10 nations

The Sporting Life noted that [Clarrie Kingsbury] )was undoubtedly favourite for this event) but that is difficult to fathom given that [Leon Meredith] was in the field. Meredith was the greatest British long-distance track racer of this era, but he did not fare well at the 1908 Olympics. In the final, Meredith punctured early, his spare bike was not readily available and he lost two laps before remounting and never figured again in the race.

Clarrie Kingsbury did go on to win this race. A versatile rider, he won NCU titles every year from 1907 to 1912 at distances between ¼-mile and 50 miles.

The men's 20 kilometres was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the second longest of the individual event distances. The time limit for the race was 40 minutes

Final

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain 34:13.6
2 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain Unknown
3 Joseph Werbrouck  Belgium Unknown
4 Louis Weintz  United States Unknown
5-9 François Bonnet  France Unknown
Arthur Denny  Great Britain Unknown
Andrew Hansson  Sweden Unknown
Octave Lapize  France Unknown
Leon Meredith  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinals

There were two methods of qualifying for the final. A cyclist could either finish first in one of the six semifinals or be the leader "of the greatest number of laps in the three fastest heats

Semifinal 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Leon Meredith  Great Britain 33:21.0
2 Hermann Martens  Germany 33:21.2
3 Joseph Werbrouck  Belgium 33:21.4
4 André Lapize  France Unknown
5 Georgius Damen  Netherlands Unknown
6 Frederick McCarthy  Canada Unknown
7-8 Pierre Hostein  France Unknown
Rudolf Katzer  Germany Unknown
Daniel Flynn  Great Britain Did not finish

Semifinal 2

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain 32:33.8
2 Charlie Brooks  Great Britain 32:34.0
3 Floris Venter  South Africa 32:34.4
4 Georges Lutz  France Unknown
5 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein  Netherlands Unknown
6 François Bonnet  France Unknown
7-9 Walter Andrews  Canada Unknown
Jean van Benthem  Belgium Unknown
Paul Schulze  Germany Unknown

Semifinal 3

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Louis Weintz  United States 33:39.8
2 Frank Shore  South Africa 33:40.0
3 Harry Young  Canada 33:45.2
4 Herbert Bouffler  Great Britain Unknown
5 Max Triebsch  Germany Unknown
6-7 Henri Cunault  France Unknown
Dorus Nijland  Netherlands Unknown
Frederick Hamlin  Great Britain Did not finish

Semifinal 4

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain 32:39.0
2 George Cameron  United States 32:39.2
3 T. H. E. Passmore  South Africa 32:39.4
4 Octave Lapize  France Unknown
5 Henri Baumler  France Unknown
6-7 Alwin Boldt  Germany Unknown
Johannes van Spengen  Netherlands Unknown
W. Lower  Great Britain Did not finish

Semifinal 5

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Andrew Hansson  Sweden 34:53.6
2 David Robertson  Great Britain 34:53.8
3 William Anderson  Canada 34:55.6
Ioannis Santorinaios  Greece Did not finish
Pierre Texier  France Did not finish

Semifinal 6

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Arthur J. Denny  Great Britain 33:40.6
2 Charles Avrillon  France 33:40.8
3 Gustaf Westerberg  Sweden 33:41.4
4 Guglielmo Morisetti  Italy Unknown
Léon Couckelberg  Belgium Disqualified

Final Standings

RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Clarrie Kingsbury 25 Great Britain GBR Gold  
2 Ben Jones 26 Great Britain GBR Silver  
3 Joseph Werbrouck 26 Belgium BEL Bronze  
4 Louis Weintz 23 United States USA    
AC r2/2 Leon Meredith 26 Great Britain GBR    
AC r2/2 Arthur Denny   Great Britain GBR    
AC r2/2 Andrew Hansson 25 Sweden SWE    
AC r2/2 François Bonnet   France FRA    
AC r2/2 Octave Lapize 20 France FRA    
2 h1 r1/2 Hermann Martens 31 Germany GER    
2 h2 r1/2 Charlie Brooks   Great Britain GBR    
2 h3 r1/2 Frank Shore   South Africa RSA    
2 h4 r1/2 George Cameron 26 United States USA    
2 h5 r1/2 David Robertson   Great Britain GBR    
2 h6 r1/2 Charles Avrillon   France FRA    
3 h2 r1/2 Floris Venter   South Africa RSA    
3 h3 r1/2 Harry Young   Canada CAN    
3 h4 r1/2 Harry Passmore 23 South Africa RSA    
3 h5 r1/2 Will Anderson   Canada CAN    
3 h6 r1/2 Gustaf Westerberg 24 Sweden SWE    
4 h1 r1/2 André Lapize   France FRA    
4 h2 r1/2 Georges Lutz 23 France FRA    
4 h3 r1/2 Bert Bouffler 27 Great Britain GBR    
4 h6 r1/2 Guglielmo Morisetti 22 Italy ITA    
5 h1 r1/2 Georgius Damen 20 Netherlands NED    
5 h2 r1/2 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 20 Netherlands NED    
5 h3 r1/2 Max Triebsch 22 Germany GER    
5 h4 r1/2 Henri Baumler   France FRA    
6 h1 r1/2 Fred McCarthy 26 Canada CAN    
AC h1 r1/2 Pierre Hostein 19 France FRA    
AC h1 r1/2 Richard Katzer   Germany GER    
AC h1 r1/2 Dan Flynn   Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Walt Andrews 27 Canada CAN    
AC h2 r1/2 Jean Van Benthem   Belgium BEL    
AC h2 r1/2 Paul Schulze 25 Germany GER    
AC h3 r1/2 Henri Cunault   France FRA    
AC h3 r1/2 Dorus Nijland 28 Netherlands NED    
AC h3 r1/2 Frederick Hamlin 27 Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h4 r1/2 Alwin Boldt 24 Germany GER    
AC h4 r1/2 Johannes van Spengen 21 Netherlands NED    
AC h4 r1/2 William Lower   Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h5 r1/2 Ioannis Santorinaios   Greece GRE   DNF
AC h5 r1/2 Paul Texier   France FRA   DNF
AC h6 r1/2 Léon Coeckelberg   Belgium BEL   DQ

Men's 100 kilometres

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 15, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908

Competitors 45from 11 nations

Summary

The 100 kilometre race was considered the "major" championship of the 1908 Olympic cycling program, and the Prince of Wales donated a cup to be presented to the winner. [Leon Meredith] was the heavy favorite. He would be World Champion seven times in the 100 kilometre motor-paced event - 1904-05, 1907-09, 1911, and 1913.

A potentially disastrous accident occurred in heat two of this event. At the beginning of the sprint, Mr. Harry Venn, a judge in the walking contests, wandered onto the track and [Guillaume Coeckelberg] (BEL) collided with him. Coeckelberg was thrown from his bike, and struck his head on the concrete curb of the track. Fortunately, neither was severely injured and Coeckelberg was able to remount and finish the race and qualify for the final as a result of having led the race for a sufficient number of laps.

The track was wet from rains at the start of the final of this event and intermittent rain saturated the riders for most of the race, which was marred by multiple punctures and accidents. At 13 miles, Meredith was involved in a crash with [Walter Andrews] and [D. C. Robertson]. He remounted but was off the back and could never rejoin the leading group. Meredith was lapped at 62 laps, and he dismounted within the next mile. The half-way mark (50 km.) was covered in 1-16:47.2, with [Sydney Bailey] (GBR) leading.

At 70 kilometres (115 laps) the leading pack numbered seven, including [Charles Bartlett]. But Bartlett punctured, only to be paced back to the pack in eight laps by the Canadian, [Harry Young]. The final lap came down to a pack of four - Bartlett, [Charles Denny], [Octave Lapize], and [Billy Pett]. With three British riders, Lapize stood little chance, and the Brits paced the quick sprinting Bartlett, leading him out for the final sprint, which he won by about one wheel to earn the Prince of Wales Cup. Bartlett had no other major international titles but won the NCU 50-mile tandem-paced championship in 1908 and 1909. His time in winning this race was a world record, bettering the mark of 2-49:00.8 set by Capelle in Dijon, France on 20 October 1898.

Although Octave Lapize "only" earned the bronze medal, in 1910 he became the first former Olympic rider to win the Tour de France. He also remains the only rider to win Paris-Roubaix in three consecutive years - 1909-11. His other major professional titles included Paris-Brussels in 1911-13 and Paris-Tours in 1911. Lapize was killed in a dogfight during World War I.

[Paul Texier] (FRA) [38 laps], Lapize [31 laps], and Denny [23 laps], received Diplomas of Merit for leading the greatest number of laps. Bartlett led for only 16 laps.

The men's 100 kilometres was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the longest of the individual event distances. The time limit for the race was 3 hours and 15 minutes. A challenge cup was presented by the Prince of Wales to the winner.

Final

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Charles Bartlett  Great Britain 2:41:48.6
2 Charles Denny  Great Britain Unknown
3 Octave Lapize  France Unknown
4 William Pett  Great Britain Unknown
5 Pierre Texier  France Unknown
6 Walter Andrews  Canada Unknown
7 D. C. Robertson  Great Britain Unknown
8 Sydney Bailey  Great Britain Unknown
J. H. Bishop  Great Britain Did not finish
François Bonnet  France Did not finish
Guillaume Coeckelberg  Belgium Did not finish
Andrew Hansson  Sweden Did not finish
G. C. Lutz  France Did not finish
Leon Meredith  Great Britain Did not finish
Harry Mussen  Great Britain Did not finish
Gustaf Westerberg  Sweden Did not finish
Harry Young  Canada Did not finish

Semifinals

 

Semifinal 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Andrew Hansson  Sweden 2:50:21.4
2 G. C. Lutz  France Unknown
3 Sydney Bailey  Great Britain Unknown
4 Pierre Texier  France Unknown
5 J. H. Bishop  Great Britain Unknown
6 D. C. Robertson  Great Britain Unknown
7-14 William Anderson  Canada Unknown
Alwin Boldt  Germany Unknown
François Bonnet  France Unknown
Georgius Damen  Netherlands Unknown
Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein  Netherlands Unknown
André Lepère  France Unknown
Harry Mussen  Great Britain Unknown
J. Norman  Great Britain Unknown
Rudolf Katzer  Germany Did not finish
Frederick McCarthy  Canada Did not finish
Ioannis Santorinaios  Greece Did not finish

Semifinal 2

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Leon Meredith  Great Britain 2:43:15.4
2 Charles Bartlett  Great Britain Unknown
3 Gustaf Westerberg  Sweden Unknown
4 Octave Lapize  France Unknown
5 Walter Andrews  Canada Unknown
6 William Pett  Great Britain Unknown
7-9 Guillaume Coeckelberg  Belgium Unknown
Charles Denny  Great Britain Unknown
Harry Young  Canada Unknown
Cesare Zanzottera  Italy Did not finish
Charles Avrillon  France Did not finish
H. Cunault  France Did not finish
Bruno Götze  Germany Did not finish
Pierre Hostein  France Did not finish
Robert Jolly  Great Britain Did not finish
Jean Madelaine  France Did not finish
Guglielmo Malatesta  Italy Did not finish
Hermann Martens  Germany Did not finish
William Morton  Canada Did not finish
Dorus Nijland  Netherlands[1] Did not finish
David Noon  Great Britain Did not finish
Battista Parini  Italy Did not finish
T. H. E. Passmore  South Africa Did not finish
Paul Schulze  Germany Did not finish
Max Triebsch  Germany Did not finish
Louis Weintz  United States Did not finish

Final Standings

RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Charles Bartlett 23 Great Britain GBR Gold WR
2 Charles Denny   Great Britain GBR Silver  
3 Octave Lapize 20 France FRA Bronze  
4 Billy Pett 34 Great Britain GBR    
5 Paul Texier   France FRA    
6 Walt Andrews 27 Canada CAN    
7 David Robertson   Great Britain GBR    
8 Sydney Bailey   Great Britain GBR    
AC r2/2 Andrew Hansson 25 Sweden SWE   DNF
AC r2/2 Georges Lutz 23 France FRA   DNF
AC r2/2 François Bonnet   France FRA   DNF
AC r2/2 Jack Bishop   Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC r2/2 Harry Mussen 34 Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC r2/2 Leon Meredith 26 Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC r2/2 Gustaf Westerberg 24 Sweden SWE   DNF
AC r2/2 Guillaume Coeckelberg   Belgium BEL   DNF
AC r2/2 Harry Young   Canada CAN   DNF
AC h1 r1/2 Will Anderson   Canada CAN    
AC h1 r1/2 André Lepère 29 France FRA    
AC h1 r1/2 Alwin Boldt 24 Germany GER    
AC h1 r1/2 Georgius Damen 20 Netherlands NED    
AC h1 r1/2 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 20 Netherlands NED    
AC h1 r1/2 J. Norman   Great Britain GBR    
AC h1 r1/2 Ioannis Santorinaios   Greece GRE   DNF
AC h1 r1/2 Fred McCarthy 26 Canada CAN   DNF
AC h1 r1/2 Richard Katzer   Germany GER   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 William Morton 27 Canada CAN   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Pierre Hostein 19 France FRA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Hermann Martens 31 Germany GER   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Bruno Götze 25 Germany GER   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Paul Schulze 25 Germany GER   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Max Triebsch 22 Germany GER   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Dorus Nijland 28 Netherlands NED   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Guglielmo Malatesta 16 Italy ITA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Battista Parini   Italy ITA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Cesare Zanzottera 21 Italy ITA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Harry Passmore 23 South Africa RSA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Henri Cunault   France FRA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Charles Avrillon   France FRA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Jean Madelaine   France FRA   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Robert Jolly   Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 David Noon   Great Britain GBR   DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Louis Weintz 23 United States USA   DNF

Men's Sprint

 

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 16, 1908
Date Finished: July 16, 1908

Competitors 42from 10 nations

The men's 1000 metre sprint was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the second shortest of the individual event distances. The time limit for the race was 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Final

Johnson suffered a punctured wheel shortly after the start, and retired. The other three riders crawled around the track, jockeying for position. When the final sprint occurred on the last lap, Kingsbury also punctured a tyre when entering the main straight. Jones and Schilles raced to the finish line, with Schilles winning by a couple of inches. However the race took longer than the 1 minute 45 second time limit, and was declared void. Much to the surprise of spectators and the competitors, the National Cyclists Union refused to allow the race to be rerun.[1] According to the Official Report, "the Frenchman apparently won by inches, but the Judge did not officially place the riders.[2]"

PlaceCyclistNationTime
Time limit exceeded Victor Johnson  Great Britain NMR
Benjamin Jones  Great Britain
Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain
Maurice Schilles  France

Semifinals

 

Semifinal 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Victor Johnson  Great Britain 1:27.4
2 Karl Neumer  Germany Unknown
3 Floris Venter  South Africa Unknown
4 Pierre Texier  France Unknown

Semifinal 2

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Maurice Schilles  France 1:38.8
2-4 George Cameron  United States Unknown
Daniel Flynn  Great Britain Unknown
Ernest Payne  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 3

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain 1:40.8
2 Émile Demangel  France Unknown
3 J. L. Lavery  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 4

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain 1:35.6
2 Guglielmo Morisetti  Italy Unknown
3 André Auffray  France Unknown

First round

 

Heat 1

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Victor Johnson  Great Britain 1:33.8
2 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein  Netherlands Unknown
3 Guglielmo Malatesta  Italy Unknown

Heat 2

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Floris Venter  South Africa 1:33.2
2 André Poulain  France Unknown
3 Thomas Matthews  Great Britain Unknown

Heat 3

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Maurice Schilles  France 1:38.4
2 Andrew Hansson  Sweden Unknown

Heat 4

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Daniel Flynn  Great Britain 1:30.2
2 Pierre Seginaud  France Unknown
3 Paul Schulze  Germany Unknown
4 Frederick McCarthy  Canada Unknown

Heat 5

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Ernest Payne  Great Britain 1:32.0
2 Dorus Nijland  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 6

PlaceCyclistNationTime
W. F. Magee  Great Britain Time limit exceeded
Hermann Martens  Germany
Johannes van Spengen  Netherlands

Heat 7

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Karl Neumer  Germany 1:33.2
2 Richard Villepontoux  France Unknown
3 William Bailey  Great Britain Unknown

Heat 8

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 George Cameron  United States 1:29.4
2 Philipus Frylink  South Africa Unknown
3 Herbert Crowther  Great Britain Unknown
4 G. Dreyfus  France Unknown

Heat 9

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Émile Demangel  France 1:35.2
2 William Morton  Canada Unknown

Heat 10

Auffray was the only starter in the heat.

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 André Auffray  France 1:23.6

Heat 11

Morisetti was the only starter in the heat.

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Guglielmo Morisetti  Italy 1:21.4

Heat 12

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones  Great Britain 1:35.0
2 Émile Marechal  France Unknown
3 Bruno Götze  Germany Unknown

Heat 13

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Pierre Texier  France 1:31.0
2 George Summers  Great Britain Unknown
3 Louis Weintz  United States Unknown

Heat 14

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 J. L. Lavery  Great Britain 1:41.0
2 Antonie Gerrits  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 15

PlaceCyclistNationTime
1 Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain 1:27.4
2 Gaston Delaplane  France Unknown

Heat 16

PlaceCyclistNationTime
Georges Perrin  France Time limit exceeded
Frank Shore  South Africa

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 13, 1908
Date Finished: July 15, 1908

Competitors 34from 7 nations

 

Summary

[Maurice Schilles] and [André Auffray] were both top sprinters individually, but they had never ridden together as a tandem prior to the first heat of this event. Both would win medals at the world sprint championships, Auffray a silver in 1907 and Schilles a bronze in 1909. The final was a slow race but the French tandem drew away gradually in the straight to win easily. The runners-up, [Frederick Hamlin] and [Thomas Johnson], lodged a protest, claiming that they had been cut off by the French pair on the last turn, but it was disallowed.

The men's 2000 metre tandem was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. The time limit for the race was 4 minutes.

Final

The final was held on Wednesday, July 15, 1908 at 5.45 p.m.

Final
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 André Auffray
Maurice Schilles
 France (FRA) 3:07.6
2 Frederick Hamlin
Horace Johnson
 Great Britain (GBR) Unknown
3 Charlie Brooks
William Isaacs
 Great Britain (GBR) Unknown

Semifinals

The fastest team in each heat as well as the fastest second-place team overall advanced to the final.

The competition was held on Wednesday, July 15, 1908 starting at 5 p.m.

Semifinal 1
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Frederick Hamlin
Horace Johnson
 Great Britain (GBR) 2:42.2
2 Charlie Brooks
William Isaacs
 Great Britain (GBR) 6 lengths
behind
3 Max Götze
Otto Götze[1]
 Germany (GER) Unknown
4 Léon Coeckelberg
Jean Patou
 Belgium (BEL) Unknown
Semifinal 2
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 André Auffray
Maurice Schilles
 France (FRA) 2:46.2
2 John Matthews
Leonard Meredith
 Great Britain (GBR) 1 length
behind
3 John Barnard
Arthur Rushen
 Great Britain (GBR) Unknown
4 François Bonnet
Octave Lapize
 France (FRA) Unknown

First round

The fastest team in each of the seven heats and the fastest second-place team overall advanced to the semifinals.

The competition was held on Monday, July 13, 1908 starting at 4.15 p.m. (first four heats) and at 5.15 p.m. (remaining three heats).

Heat 1
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Charlie Brooks
William Isaacs
 Great Britain (GBR) 3:09.4
2 Alwin Boldt
Hermann Martens
 Germany (GER) 5 lengths
behind
Heat 2
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Frederick Hamlin
Horace Johnson
 Great Britain (GBR) 3:14.8
2 Marc Texier
Pierre Texier
 France (FRA) 4 lengths
behind
Heat 3
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Max Götze
Otto Götze[1]
 Germany (GER) 2:55.6[2]
2 Charles Avrillon
Joseph Guyader
 France (FRA) bare wheel
3 Cecil McKaig
Edward Piercy
 Great Britain (GBR) 2 lengths
behind 2nd
Heat 4
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Léon Coeckelberg
Jean Patou
 Belgium (BEL) 2:25.0
2 John Barnard
Arthur Rushen
 Great Britain (GBR) 1.2 lengths
behind
3 Andrew Hansson
Gustaf Westerberg
 Sweden (SWE) beaten off
Heat 5
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 André Auffray
Maurice Schilles
 France (FRA) 3:11.4
2 Philipus Frylink
Floris Venter
 South Africa (RSA) 1 length
behind
Heat 6
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 François Bonnet
Octave Lapize
 France (FRA) 3:06.8
2 R. Jolly
J. Norman
 Great Britain (GBR) 6 lengths
behind
Heat 7
PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 John Matthews
Leonard Meredith
 Great Britain (GBR) 2:43.2
2 Gaston Dreyfus
André Poulain
 France (FRA) 2 lengths
behind
3 Frederick McCarthy
William Morton
 Canada (CAN) beaten off
 

Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 17, 1908

Competitors 20from 5 nations

Summary

This was the first time a team pursuit race was contested at the Olympics. Britain won fairly comfortably, led by their greatest rider in that era, [Leon Meredith].

The men's team pursuit was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Teams started at opposite sides of the track. Each team raced three laps of the track, comprising 1980 yards (1810.5 m). The third cyclist in each four-man team to finish set the time for the team.

Final

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones
Clarence Kingsbury
Leon Meredith
Ernest Payne
 Great Britain 2:18.6
2 Max Götze
Rudolf Katzer
Hermann Martens
Karl Neumer
 Germany 2:28.6

Semifinals

Semifinal 1

The Canadians received third place overall as the faster of the two semifinal losers, while the British team moved on to the final.

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones
Clarence Kingsbury
Leon Meredith
Ernest Payne
 Great Britain 2:19.6
2 William Anderson
Walter Andrews
Frederick McCarthy
William Morton
 Canada 2:29.2

Semifinal 2

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Max Götze
Rudolf Katzer
Hermann Martens
Karl Neumer
 Germany 2:31.8
2 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein
Antonie Gerrits
Dorus Nijland
Johannes van Spengen
 Netherlands 2:44.0

First round

 

Heat 1

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Benjamin Jones
Clarence Kingsbury
Leon Meredith
Ernest Payne
 Great Britain Walkover
2 Unknown  Belgium Did not start

Heat 2

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 William Anderson
Walter Andrews
Frederick McCarthy
William Morton
 Canada Walkover
2 Unknown  United States Did not start

Heat 3

The Dutch team had a bye in the first round.

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein
Antonie Gerrits
Dorus Nijland
Johannes van Spengen
 Netherlands Walkover

Heat 4

In the only contested heat in the first round, the German team eliminated the French.

PlaceCyclistsNationTime
1 Max Götze
Rudolf Katzer
Hermann Martens
Karl Neumer
 Germany 2:25.4
2 André Auffray
Émile Demangel
Émile Marechal
Maurice Schilles
 France 2:32.0

 

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