Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's road race

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Men's road race
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Athens–Marathon
Date April 12
Competitors 7 from 3 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Cycling at the
1896 Summer Olympics
Road cycling
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Road race   men
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12 hour men

The men's road race was the only road cycling event on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The course was 87 kilometres long and the race was held on 12 April.


Place Athlete Time
1  Aristidis Konstantinidis (GRE) 3:22:31
2  August von Gödrich (GER) 3:42:18
3  Edward Battel (GBR) Unknown
4-7  Georgios Aspiotis (GRE) Unknown
 Miltiades Iatrou (GRE) Unknown
 Konstantinos Konstantinou (GRE) Unknown
 Georgios Paraskevopoulos (GRE) Unknown

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.


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