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Cycling at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 7, 1912
Date Finished: July 7, 1912
Format: 315.385 km. (196.0 miles) individual time trial.

Gold: RSA Rudolph Lewis
Silver: GBR Freddie Grubb
Bronze: USA Carl Schutte

Summary

The riders were sent off at two minute intervals, with the last scheduled rider starting at 7 AM (0700). Of the 151 entrants only 123 riders eventually started. The individual event was won by Rudolph "Okey" Lewis of South Africa. He started quickly and led by 11½ minutes at 120 km. Increasing the lead to 17 minutes at 200 km., he slowed slightly coming in, but still won by almost nine minutes over Freddie Grubb of Great Britain. As the second starter, going off at 2:02 AM, he was the first overall finisher as well. Little is known about Lewis' cycling career, even by South African experts. It was noted that the weather at the start time of 2 AM was cool, with no wind, which favored the very early starters. By 7 AM a strong westerly wind was blowing directly into the faces of the later starting riders. Lewis was the second starter and definitely benefited from his start position.

The previous record for the Mälaren Rundt was 11-22:07.0, set in 1909 by Henrik Morén of Sweden, a 10-time winner of the race, including nine consecutive wins from 1902-1910. In 1912 Morén also won the Swedish seletcing competition held on this track in 11-56:23. Lewis lowered the record by almost 41 minutes. No less than 16 riders, including Morén himself, in 15th place, bettered the previous record.

In addition to the Olympic medals, a Diploma of Merit was given to cyclists who finished within 25% of the winner's time. As Lewis finished in 10-42:39, all riders under 13-23:18.8 qualified, and thus 81 of the 94 riders who finished received this special diploma.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Rudolph Lewis 24 South Africa RSA Gold 10-42:39.0
2 Freddie Grubb 24 England GBR Silver 10-51:24.2
3 Carl Schutte 24 United States USA Bronze 10-52:38.8
4 Leon Meredith 30 England GBR 11-00:02.6
5 Frank Brown Canada CAN 11-01:00.0
6 Antti Raita 28 Finland FIN 11-02:20.3
7 Erik Friborg 19 Sweden SWE 11-04:17.0
8 Ragnar Malm 18 Sweden SWE 11-08:14.5
9 Axel Wilhelm Persson 24 Sweden SWE 11-10:59.6
10 Algot Lönn 24 Sweden SWE 11-12:02.5
11 Al Loftes 22 United States USA 11-13:51.3
12 Alex Ekström 28 Sweden SWE 11-14:50.7
13 Albert Kruschel 22 United States USA 11-17:30.2
14 Birger Andreassen 20 Norway NOR 11-20:14.6
15 Henrik Morén 35 Sweden SWE 11-21:31.9
16 John Wilson 35 Scotland GBR 11-21:43.0
17 Walden Martin 20 United States USA 11-23:55.2
18 Charles Moss 30 England GBR 11-23:55.8
19 Werner Karlsson 24 Sweden SWE 11-24:18.0
20 Joe Kopsky 29 United States USA 11-27:06.0
21 Vilho Oskari Tilkanen 27 Finland FIN 11-28:38.5
22 Bill Hammond 25 England GBR 11-29:16.8
23 Robert Rammer 22 Austria AUT 11-30:40.8
24 Robert Thompson 27 Scotland GBR 11-31:16.0
25 Olaf Meyland-Smith 29 Denmark DEN 11-32:24.2
26 Franz Lemnitz 21 Germany GER 11-34:32.2
27 Rudolf Baier 20 Germany GER 11-35:01.5
28 John Becht 25 United States USA 11-35:04.8
29 Stanley Jones 24 England GBR 11-37:40.6
30 Bert Gayler 30 England GBR 11-39:01.8
31 Adolf Kofler 20 Austria AUT 11-39:32.6
32 Charles Hansen 21 Denmark DEN 11-40:04.0
33 Oswald Rathmann 20 Germany GER 11-40:18.4
34 Johan Kankkonen 25 Finland FIN 11-41:35.5
35 Jock Miller 31 Scotland GBR 11-44:01.6
36 Georg Warsow 34 Germany GER 11-45:24.0
37 Francis Higgins 30 England GBR 11-45:44.5
38 Arthur Gibbon England GBR 11-46:00.2
39 Charlie Davey 25 England GBR 11-47:26.3
40 Joseph Racine 20 France FRA 11-50:32.7
41 David Stevenson 30 Scotland GBR 11-52:55.0
42 Alberto Downey 21 Chile CHI 11-53:02.5
43 Rudolf Kramer 26 Austria AUT 11-53:12.8
44 Otto Männel 25 Germany GER 11-53:27.4
45 Josef Hellensteiner 22 Austria AUT 11-54:00.2
46 Josef Zilker 21 Austria AUT 11-54:38.7
47 Paul Henrichsen 18 Norway NOR 11-55:23.2
48 Johannes Reinwaldt 21 Denmark DEN 11-57:20.0
49 Charles Hill 25 Scotland GBR 11-57:56.5
50 André Capelle 20 France FRA 11-59:48.4
51 Gunnar Björk 21 Sweden SWE 12-00:49.4
52 Alois Wacha 23 Austria AUT 12-01:12.4
53 Godtfred Olsen 28 Denmark DEN 12-06:18.8
54 Jesse Pike 21 United States USA 12-06:21.6
55 Wilhelm Rabe 35 Germany GER 12-06:55.8
56 Jerome Steinert 28 United States USA 12-08:32.3
57 Josef Rieder 18 Germany GER 12-12:32.4
58 Cárlos Koller 21 Chile CHI 12-13:49.2
59 Ernest Merlin 25 England GBR 12-16:08.6
60 Andrejs Apsītis 24 Russia RUS 12-18:20.6
61 Martin Koch 24 Germany GER 12-18:22.5
62 Robert Birker 27 Germany GER 12-19:27.6
63 Bohumil Rameš 17 Bohemia BOH 12-20:12.2
64 René Gagnet 21 France FRA 12-20:32.6
65 Anton Hansen 25 Norway NOR 12-21:23.7
66 Hjalmar Väre 19 Finland FIN 12-21:29.2
67 Michael Walker 26 Ireland GBR 12-27:49.9
68 James Stevenson 35 Scotland GBR 12-27:50.8
69 Arturo Friedemann 19 Chile CHI 12-28:20.8
70 Frank Meissner 17 United States USA 12-29:09.0
71 Francis Guy Ireland GBR 12-32:19.4
72 Valdemar Nielsen 32 Denmark DEN 12-33:09.2
73 István Müller 28 Hungary HUN 12-39:28.0
74 José Torres 22 Chile CHI 12-39:39.5
75 János Henzsel 30 Hungary HUN 12-42:16.3
76 Hermann Smiel 31 Germany GER 12-49:01.6
77 Gyula Mazur 24 Hungary HUN 12-50:55.8
78 George Watson Canada CAN 12-52:22.2
79 Carl Lüthje 29 Germany GER 13-00:31.8
80 Ralph Mecredy 23 Ireland GBR 13-03:39.0
81 John Walker 23 Ireland GBR 13-15:50.2
82 Matthew Walsh 24 Ireland GBR 13-31:17.0
83 Georges Valentin 20 France FRA 13-33:59.5
84 Ignác Teiszenberger 31 Hungary HUN 13-38:35.8
85 Bernhard Doyle 24 Ireland GBR 13-42:11.8
86 George Corsar 26 Scotland GBR 13-51:22.8
87 Václav Tintěra 19 Bohemia BOH 14-10:34.6
88 Bohumil Kubrycht 25 Bohemia BOH 14-11:21.0
89 Étienne Chéret 25 France FRA 14-15:18.1
90 Arthur Griffiths 30 Scotland GBR 14-15:24.0
91 Gaston Alancourt 24 France FRA 14-23:59.3
92 Pierre Peinaud 22 France FRA 14-49:59.4
93 André Lepère 33 France FRA 15-03:18.1
94 Alexis Michiels 28 France FRA 15-15:59.2
AC Fyodor Borisov 20 Russia RUS DNF (between Bålsta-Järva)
AC Károly Teppert 20 Hungary HUN DNF (between Bålsta-Järva)
AC Hans Olsen 27 Denmark DEN DNF (between Enköping-Bålsta)
AC Carl Olsen 19 Norway NOR DNF (in Enköping)
AC Augusts Kepke 26 Russia RUS DNF (in Kungsör)
AC Jānis Prātnieks 24 Russia RUS DNF (between Eskilstuna-Kungsör)
AC Valdemar Christoffer Nielsen 18 Denmark DEN DNF (between Eskilstuna-Kungsör)
AC Jan Vokoun 24 Bohemia BOH DNF (between Eskilstuna-Kungsör)
AC Edgars Rihters 24 Russia RUS DNF (in Eskilstuna)
AC Carl Lundquist 20 Sweden SWE DNF (between Strängnäs-Eskilstuna)
AC Arvid Pettersson 19 Sweden SWE DNF (between Strängnäs-Eskilstuna)
AC Fridrihs Bošs 25 Russia RUS DNF (between Strängnäs-Eskilstuna)
AC John Kirk 21 England GBR DNF (in Strängnäs)
AC Karl Gulbrandsen 19 Norway NOR DNF (in Strängnäs)
AC Jēkabs Bukse 32 Russia RUS DNF (between Strängnäs-Läggesta)
AC Martin Sæterhaug 29 Norway NOR DNF (in Läggestatrakterna)
AC Hjalmar Levin 27 Sweden SWE DNF (between Södertälje-Läggesta)
AC Otto Jensen 19 Denmark DEN DNF (between Södertälje-Läggesta)
AC Jean Patou 33 Belgium BEL DNF (between Södertälje-Läggesta)
AC Sergey Pesteryev 24 Russia RUS DNF (between Södertälje-Läggesta)
AC Jacques Marcault 28 France FRA DNF (outside Södertälje)
AC Jānis Līvens 28 Russia RUS DNF (outside Södertälje)
AC Louis Bès 20 France FRA DNF (outside Södertälje)
AC René Rillon 19 France FRA DNF (2 km. beyond Södertälje)
AC Arthur Stokes 36 England GBR DNF (in Södertälje)
AC Kārlis Kepke 21 Russia RUS DNF (in Södertälje)
AC František Kundert 20 Bohemia BOH DNF (before Södertälje)
AC Juho Jaakonaho 29 Finland FIN DNF (before Södertälje)
AC Josef Landsberg 21 Sweden SWE DNF (by Midsommarkransen)