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Charles Holland

Full name: Charles Alfred Holland
Gender: Male
Born: September 20, 1908 in Aldridge, West Midlands, Great Britain
Died: December 15, 1989 in Aldridge, West Midlands, Great Britain
Affiliations: Midland Cycling and Athletics Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Charles Holland’s athletic career began as cricket and football player. But his main sporting career was in cycling, the sport in which already his father had excelled. Holland won his first local race in 1928. In 1936 he claimed the title as “British Best All-rounder” in time trial competitions, and was in the top three in this classification for four consecutive years. After taking part in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, Holland turned professional in 1937, riding that year’s Tour de France, one of two Britons to do so, but he was unable to finish.

Holland’s sporting career ended when war broke out and he was called to the service. After World War II, he was a semi-professional golf player, and also opened two newsstands in Birmingham. Later he took up racing again and won several veteran races in Britain repeating some of his earlier victories in the veterans’ class. His biography with the title Dancing Uphill was published in 2007.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Great Britain GBR 15
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Great Britain GBR 4
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Great Britain GBR 4T
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Great Britain GBR AC

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain Final Standings 15 2-37:17.2
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Cycling Great Britain Final Standings 4T 2-33:06.0

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TT
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Standings 4 2-37:17.2
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Standings AC 2-33:06.0

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 3/4 1 4:56.0
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 4:57.4
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Cycling Great Britain GBR Qualifying Round 3 QU 4:58.2
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