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Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Neo Faliro Velodrome, Peiraias
Date Started: April 12, 1896
Date Finished: April 12, 1896
Format: 87 kilometres, from Athens to Marathon and then return to Athens.

Gold: GRE Aristidis Konstantinidis
Silver: GER Anton Gödrich
Bronze: GBR Edward Battel

Summary

This race was held on the same course as the running marathon, but consisted of riding that course twice, on an out-and-back course. The riders started in Athens on the Odos Kifisia, rode to Marathon, and then returned to Athens, finishing at the velodrome at Neo Phaliron. In Marathon they were required to sign a document in the presence of an official, verifying that they had arrived there.

The pack rode together most of the way to Marathon. On the return, the pack split due to many falls. Aristidis Konstantinidis fell three times, Anton Gödrich also fell and had to stop to borrow a new bike because of damage to his original. Konstantinidis flatted near Athens and was overtaken by Edward Battel. Konstantinidis borrowed a bicycle and continued but crashed just as he caught up to Battel. He borrowed yet another bike and caught Battel, who was exhausted from the effort of staying ahead of Konstantinidis and ended up barely finishing.

Battel was a servant at the British Embassy in Athens. Some British officials attempted to prevent him from entering the Olympic cycling events on the grounds that his job disqualified him as a gentleman, and thus he could not be an amateur.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Aristidis Konstantinidis Greece GRE Gold 3-21:10
2 Anton Gödrich 36 Germany GER Silver 3-31:14
3 Edward Battel Great Britain GBR Bronze
AC Georgios Paraskevopoulos Greece GRE
AC Konstantinos Konstantinou Greece GRE
AC Miltiadis Iatrou Greece GRE
AC Georgios Aspiotis Greece GRE