Cycling at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres

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Men's 50 kilometres
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Ko Willems.jpg
finish of the men's 50 kilometres
Venue Vélodrome de Vincennes
Date July 27
Competitors 37 from 16 nations
Gold medal    Netherlands
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Great Britain
Cycling at the
1924 Summer Olympics
Road cycling
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Individual time trial   men
Team time trial men
Track cycling
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Sprint men
Tandem men
50 km men
Team pursuit men

The men's 50 kilometres event was part of the track cycling programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

The field consisted of 37 cyclists from 16 countries.[1] The Vélodrome de Vincennes track was a 500-metre (1,640 ft) loop.[2] Each cyclist had to complete 100 laps. Cyril Alden finished second for the second straight Olympics.

The Dutch team was represented by two cyclists, Ko Willems and Jan Maas (who was a late replacement for Jonkheer Bosch van Drakenstein). Their tactic was that Maas would attack, so that the other cyclists would be tired, after which Willems, the better sprinter, could win the race.[3]

As planned, Maas attacked from the tenth kilometer. The other cyclists spent energy, getting him back, while Willems could cycle along and do save his energy. Five loops before the finish, every looped cyclist had to exit the race, and only 15 cyclists remained, including Maas and Willems. In the last loop, the sprint started, with Wyld, Alden and De Martino. Willems went around them, and 100 m from the finish, all four men were next to each other. Willems was faster than the others, so he won the race.



Placings are known for only the top seven finishers. Only Willems's time is known.

Place Cyclist Time
1st  Ko Willems (NED) 1:18:24.0
2nd  Cyril Alden (GBR)
3rd  Harry Wyld (GBR)
4  Angelo de Martino (ITA)
5  Józef Lange (POL)
6  Alfredo Dinale (ITA)
7  Johannes Maas (NED)
8–36  Mohamed Ali Mahmoud (EGY)
 Ricardo Bermejo (CHI)
 Josef Boons (BEL)
 Robert Broadbent (AUS)
 Jaroslav Brož (TCH)
 Charles Cadron (BEL)
 Lucien Choury (FRA)
 Walter Coppins (AUS)
 Léonard Daghelinckx (BEL)
 Luis de Meyer (ARG)
 Francesco Del Grosso (ITA)
 George Dempsey (AUS)
 William Fenn (USA)
 Prodan Georgiev (BUL)
 Eugenio Gret (ARG)
 Ignatius Gronkowski (USA)
 Edmund Hansen (DEN)
 Ahmed Salem Hassan (EGY)
 Francisco Juillet (CHI)
 Henry Kaltenbrunn (RSA)
 Joe Laporte (CAN)
 Jan Łazarski (POL)
 Mohamed Madkour (EGY)
 Édouard Meunier (FRA)
 Julio Polet (ARG)
 Cosme Saavedra (ARG)
 Borislav Stoyanov (BUL)
 Jean Verheyen (BEL)
 Alejandro Vidal (CHI)
 Willy Hansen (DEN) Did not finish