The only road race took place on 12 April. It was 87 kilometres long, with contestants cycling to the city of Marathon and back. Seven cyclists entered the event, including the German August von Gödrich, the Briton Edward Battel, and five Greeks.
Konstantinidis led from the start until after the turn at Marathon. His bicycle broke down on the return journey, allowing Battel time to pass him before he was able to get another bicycle and continue. Both Konstantinidis and Battel fell again before finishing, with Battel's fall being severe enough to drop him from first place to third as both Konstantinidis and Gödrich passed him.