Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres

The men's 10 kilometres was one of the five track cycling races on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was held on 11 April and comprised 30 laps of the track. The 1896 Games was the only time that the 10 kilometres track race was part of the cycling program at an Olympic Games.[1] Six cyclists from four nations competed.[2] The event was won by Paul Masson of France, the second of his three victories that day (he had previously won the sprint and would shortly afterwards win the track time trial). His countryman Léon Flameng finished second, while Austrian Adolf Schmal was third.

Men's 10 kilometres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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The French medalists Flameng and Masson
VenueNeo Phaliron Velodrome
DateApril 11
Competitors6 from 4 nations
Winning time17:54.2
1st place, gold medalist(s) Paul Masson
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Léon Flameng
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Adolf Schmal


From 1896 to 1924 (excluding 1912, when no track events were held), the track cycling programme included events at a variety of distances that changed from Games to Games and ranged from the ​14-mile to the 100 kilometres (and, even longer, the unique 12 hours race in 1896 that saw finishers exceed 300 kilometres). The 10 kilometres was held only in 1896. As with many of the 1896 cycling races, the French team was clearly favored as the strongest cyclists present.[2]

Competition formatEdit

As the name suggests, the race was 10 kilometres in length. The track was one-third of a kilometre in length, so the cyclists had to complete 30 laps. No pacemakers were allowed. The six cyclists started together.[2][3]


The exact time of the event is not known; the cycling events began shortly after 2 p.m. and the 10 kilometres was the second event, after the sprint. The day was very cold.[2]

Date Time Round
Gregorian Julian
Saturday, 11 April 1896 Saturday, 30 March 1896 Final


Six competitors entered the third cycling race. The two Frenchmen that had raced in the 2 kilometre sprint race finished in the top two positions in the 10 kilometres, with the finish coming down to a sprint won by Masson. Adolf Schmal of Austria finished third. Rosemeyer of Germany finished this race in fourth place. The two Greek cyclists collided two-thirds of the way through the race. Kolettis returned to the race for a while before quitting at the 7 km mark due to his injuries from the crash; it is not clear if Konstantinidis finished.[2][3]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  Paul Masson   France 17:54.2
  Léon Flameng   France 17:54.8
  Adolf Schmal   Austria Unknown
4 Joseph Rosemeyer   Germany Unknown
5 Aristidis Konstantinidis   Greece Unknown
Georgios Kolettis   Greece DNF


  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 211. ISBN 0140066322.
  2. ^ a b c d e "10,000 Metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 98.