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Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games

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Sports:

Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: April 8, 1896
Date Finished: April 8, 1896
Events: 6

Participants: 19 (19 men and 0 women) from 5 countries
Youngest Participant: FRA Léon Flameng (18 years, 344 days)
Oldest Participant: GER Anton Gödrich (36 years, 201 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): FRA France (6 medals)

Overview

The 1896 cycling events were held on the Neo Phaliron Velodrome, which was built specially for the Olympics near the sea in Piraeus. The [Podilatodromio Neou Falirou] was fairly modern in appearance with banked turns, and measured 333 1/3 metres, or 1/3rd kilometre, in length. Seating was available for 7,000 spectators. The velodrome was built at a cost of 100,000 Greek drachma. Coubertin had looked in Paris for the design of the velodrome, but before he could find one, Crown Prince Constantine of Greece, had found a design in Copenhagen, and used it to design and the track, which was built by the Greek Vellinis. The Velodrome also contained tennis courts within the infield, where some of the 1896 tennis(/games/sportgames?editionid=1&sport_id=TEN) matches were played. The 1896 cycling events were not well attended by cyclists, as only five nations took part. However, photographs of the events do exist, and it appears that very large crowds watched the 1896 cycling competitions.

A royal box was constructed on the west side of the stadium, from which King Giorgios watched the events. He was accompanied by Prince Constantine, King Alexandros of Serbia, Queen Olga, and Prince Andreas.

Medalists