Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 12 hour race

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Men's 12 hour race
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Neo Phaliron Velodrome
Date April 13
Competitors 7 from 4 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Cycling at the
1896 Summer Olympics
Road cycling
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Road race   men
Track cycling
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Time trial men
Sprint men
10 km men
100 km men
12 hour men

The men's 12 hour race was one of five track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was the final event of the 1896 Summer Olympics, ending at 5 p.m. on 13 April.


Place Athlete Distance
1  Adolf Schmal (AUT) 314.997 km
2  Frederick Keeping (GBR) 314.664 km
 Georgios Paraskevopoulos (GRE) DNF
 Nikos Loverdos (GRE) Retired at 3 hours
 A. Tryfiatis-Tripiaris (GRE) Retired at 3 hours
 Joseph Welzenbacher (GER) Retired at 3 hours
 Konstantinos Konstantinou (GRE) Retired at 3 hours

The final cycling race began at 5 a.m. on 12 April. Seven athletes began the race, though four of them dropped out before noon and a fifth gave up in the afternoon. Schmal had lapped the rest of the cyclists early in the race and rode along with Keeping for the rest of the contest, winning by that one lap.


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