Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Garden City Velodrome, Wilrijk, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 12, 1920
Date Finished: August 12, 1920
Format: 175 kilometre time trial, the riders left at four minute intervals from Merksem and rode into Antwerp. The riders rode from Kerksem to Turnhout, and then Molt (96 km.), Heyst-or-dem-Beg (135 km.), Liege, and finished back at Antwerp, three kilometres from the velodrome.
The riders rested on 12 August and the road race was held on 13 August. Team and individual event medals were awarded but there was only one race. The race was a 175-kilometre time trial, today an unheard of distance for the race of truth. Derailleurs were not used, all the riders using fixed gears as they had on the track. The course started at Merksem, just outside of Antwerp. The riders rode to Turnhout, and then Molt (96 km.), Heyst-op-den-Berg (135 km.), Lierre, and finished back at Antwerp, 300 metres from the velodrome. In contrast to the track races a huge crowd awaited the riders at the finish.
Many railroad crossings had to be traversed and ofttimes trains stopped the riders. At the finish it was announced that the winner was Henry Kaltenbrunn of South Africa, with Fernand Canteloube of France second, and Harry Stenqvist of Sweden third. The South Africans were exultant and hoisted Kaltenbrun to their shoulders. But time spent while waiting for a train was measured by official judges and this was to be subtracted from a rider’s overall time. Because Stenqvist was delayed 4 minutes and 1 second by trains, this was subtracted from his final time and he was placed first after the adjustment. The South African victory celebration was short-lived.
|2||Henry Kaltenbrunn||22||South Africa||RSA||Silver||4-41:26.6|
|5||Albert De Bunné||24||Belgium||BEL||4-45:23.4|
|9||Harry Genders||30||Great Britain||GBR||4-50:23.6|
|12||Axel Wilhelm Persson||32||Sweden||SWE||4-53:43.6|
|13||Ernest Kockler||27||United States||USA||4-55:12.2|
|18||Leon Meredith||38||Great Britain||GBR||4-58:55.6||5-00:58.2||2:02.6|
|25||Nico de Jong||32||Netherlands||NED||5-06:46.6|
|26||Dave Marsh||25||Great Britain||GBR||5-09:23.6|
|27||Arie van der Stel||25||Netherlands||NED||5-12:42.6|
|30||August Nogara||24||United States||USA||5-20:08.0|
|37||James Freeman||29||United States||USA||5-29:26.2||5-32:28.0||3:01.8|
|42||John Otto||19||United States||USA||5-47:50.2|
|AC||Edward Newell||Great Britain||GBR||DNF [135 km.]|
|AC||James Walker||South Africa||RSA||DNF|