Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 20 kilometres

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Men's 20 kilometres
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
OS Spiele 1908 20-km-Rennen.jpg
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 14
Competitors 44 from 10 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Clarence Kingsbury  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Benjamin Jones  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joseph Werbrouck  Belgium
← 1906 (Intercalated Games)

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.



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.[1]"

Semifinal 1[edit]

Place Cyclist Nation Time
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[edit]

Place Cyclist Nation Time
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[edit]

Place Cyclist Nation Time
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[edit]

Place Cyclist Nation Time
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[edit]

Place Cyclist Nation Time
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[edit]

Place Cyclist Nation Time
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


Place Cyclist Nation Time
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


  1. ^ Olympic Report, p. 120


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Cycling 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].