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Cycling at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Santa Monica Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1932
Date Finished: August 4, 1932
Format: 100 km. time trial.

Gold: ITA Attilio Pavesi
Silver: ITA Guglielmo Segato
Bronze: SWE Bernhard Britz

Summary

The event was a 100 km. time trial, which started at Moore Park at 8 AM. The course rode mostly along the ocean on the Roosevelt Highway, finishing at Castellammare, just north of Santa Monica. The defending Olympic champion in the event, Henry Hansen, had won the 1931 World Championships, and was the favorite. But he did not ride well and eventually placed 12th. The other favorites were Frank Southall, who had finished second to Hansen in 1928, and Italy’s Giuseppe Olmo. Olmo did not win, finishing fourth, but the Italians dominated the race, placing 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 7th, led by Attilio Pavesi, who won the gold medal, and runner-up Guglielmo Segato. Pavesi was the 35th and last rider to start but passed six cyclists en route to his gold medal. Segato had been the 27th starter and had been on the same pace as Pavesi until he crashed only a few kilometers from the finish on the Saticoy curve. This was the last time that the Olympic road race was conducted as a time trial, although the time trial returned to the Olympics in 1996 as a separate event. Pavesi turned pro after the Olympics, but never made a big impression, ending up riding six-day events in Argentina.

Only 33 competitors and finishers are listed in the 1932 Official Report, although there are 36 entrants listed in the Official Program and Los Angeles newspapers. Los Angeles newspapers also specifically mention that there were 35 starters. The two “missing” cyclists that we have identified as starting, but not finishing due to flats, were Canadian Ernie Gates and German Henry Tröndle. Their participation has been confirmed by Canadian and German sources.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Attilio Pavesi 21 Italy ITA Gold 2-28:05.6
2 Guglielmo Segato 26 Italy ITA Silver 2-29:21.4
3 Bernhard Britz 26 Sweden SWE Bronze 2-29:45.2
4 Giuseppe Olmo 20 Italy ITA 2-29:48.2
5 Frode Sørensen 20 Denmark DEN 2-30:11.2
6 Frank Southall 28 Great Britain GBR 2-30:16.2
7 Giovanni Cazzulani 22 Italy ITA 2-31:07.2
8 Sven Höglund 21 Sweden SWE 2-31:29.4
9 Leo Nielsen 23 Denmark DEN 2-32:48.6
10 Paul Chocque 22 France FRA 2-33:24.4
11 Henry O'Brien, Jr. 22 United States USA 2-33:36.0
12 Henry Hansen 30 Denmark DEN 2-35:50.4
13 Amédée Fournier 20 France FRA 2-36:06.4
14 Henri Mouillefarine 21 France FRA 2-37:00.8
15 Charles Holland 23 Great Britain GBR 2-37:17.2
16 Stanley Butler 22 Great Britain GBR 2-37:19.6
17 Frank Connell 22 United States USA 2-37:20.4
18 Gunnar Andersen 21 Denmark DEN 2-37:23.6
19 William Harvell 24 Great Britain GBR 2-37:46.8
20 Arne Berg 22 Sweden SWE 2-37:58.0
21 Folke Nilsson 25 Sweden SWE 2-38:04.2
22 Glen Robbins Canada CAN 2-38:24.8
23 Ron Foubister New Zealand NZL 2-38:42.4
24 Georges Conan France FRA 2-38:58.6
25 James Jackson 24 Canada CAN 2-40:29.8
26 Otto Luedeke 16 United States USA 2-40:59.2
27 Frank Elliott 21 Canada CAN 2-42:43.4
28 Werner Wittig 23 Germany GER 2-43:36.2
29 John Sinibaldi 18 United States USA 2-44:01.2
30 Julius Maus 25 Germany GER 2-45:15.0
31 Sebestyén Schmidt Hungary HUN 2-48:37.0
32 Hubert Ebner 26 Germany GER 2-52:30.0
33 Manuel Díaz Mexico MEX 3-01:08.2
AC Henry Tröndle 26 Germany GER DNF
AC Ernie Gates Canada CAN DNF