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Gerard Bosch van Drakestein

Full name: Gerard Dagobert Henri Bosch van Drakestein
Nickname(s): Ulysses
Gender: Male
Born: July 24, 1887 in Mechlin, Antwerpen, Belgium
Died: March 20, 1972 in Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Title: Jonkheer
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Gerard Bosch van Drakestein was a member of the nobility. His activities as a cyclist were not considered acceptable in his family's circles, and in the early days of his career he raced under various pseudonyms, usually "Ulysses" or "Bismarck". He would eventually use his real name, which earned him the nickname of "de jonker", referring to his title of jonkheer. His career spanned more than two decades, during which he remained an amateur - he saw no need to earn money with his activities. He never won a major title. He thought to have a decent shot at the title in 1914, with his archrival William Bailey having turned pro. However, the tournament was cancelled halfway when World War I broke out. Bosch van Drakestein quit cyling after the Amsterdam Olympics, at age 41. In the 1930ies, Bosch van Drakenstein was instrumental in the removal of a Jewish administrator of the Dutch Cycling Union. Legal charges filed over this after the war were dismissed as the period of prescription had passed.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's Sprint Netherlands NED 2 h13 r1/3
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's Sprint Netherlands NED 2 h1 r1/3
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards Netherlands NED 4
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 7
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's 20 kilometres Netherlands NED 5 h2 r1/2
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Netherlands NED AC h1 r1/2
1924 Summer 36 Paris Cycling Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 36 Paris Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Netherlands NED 7T
1928 Summer 40 Amsterdam Cycling Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial Netherlands NED 2 Silver OR
1928 Summer 40 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands Round One Heat Thirteen 2 by inches
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands Round One Heat One 2 at 2 lengths

Men's 1,000 metres Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 40 Amsterdam Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 2 OR 1:15.2

Men's Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 36 Paris Cycling Netherlands NED Final Round Match 1/2 3
1924 Summer 36 Paris Cycling Netherlands NED Round One Heat One 1 QU 12.6

Men's Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands NED Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 2:44.0
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands NED Round One Heat Three AC QU/bye

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 36 Paris Cycling Netherlands NED Final Standings 7T
1924 Summer 36 Paris Cycling Netherlands NED Round One Heat One 2
1928 Summer 40 Amsterdam Cycling Netherlands NED Final Standings 2
1928 Summer 40 Amsterdam Cycling Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 5:04.8
1928 Summer 40 Amsterdam Cycling Netherlands NED Round One Heat Five 1 QU no time

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands Final Round Match 1/2 7
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands Round One Heat Four 1 QU 8:42.8

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands Round One Heat Two 5

Men's 100 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 20 London Cycling Netherlands Round One Heat One AC
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