Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kilometres

The men's 100 kilometres was one of five track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first race held, on 8 April. It required cyclists to complete 300 circuits of the track.[1]

Men's 100 kilometres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Radrennen OS 1896.jpg
Start of the race
VenueNeo Phaliron Velodrome
DateApril 8
Competitors9 from 5 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Léon Flameng
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Georgios Kolettis
1908 →


Ten cyclists started the race, but only two finished it. During the race Georgios Kolettis's bike broke down. Léon Flameng stopped and waited for Georgio's bike to be repaired before continuing to race.[1] The winner, Léon Flameng, had fallen midway through the race but continued on to win the gold medal. Georgios Kolettis of Greece had completed 289 laps at that point, and finished fairly soon after Flameng. While competing Léon Flameng raced with the French flag wrapped about his leg.

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  Léon Flameng   France 3:08:19.2
  Georgios Kolettis   Greece Unknown
Bernhard Knubel   Germany DNF (41 km)
Theodor Leupold   Germany DNF (37 km)
Edward Battell   Great Britain DNF (17 km)
Aristidis Konstantinidis   Greece DNF (16 km)
Joseph Rosemeyer   Germany DNF
Adolf Schmal   Austria DNF
Joseph Welzenbacher   Germany DNF
Georgios Aspiotis   Greece DNF


  1. ^ a b Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 212. ISBN 0140066322.