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Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 12 hour race

The men's 12 hour race was one of five track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was the final event of the 1896 Summer Olympics, ending at 5 p.m. on 13 April.

Men's 12 hour race
at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenueNeo Phaliron Velodrome
DateApril 13
Competitors7 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Adolf Schmal
2nd, silver medalist(s) Frederick Keeping
 Great Britain


The final cycling race began at 5 a.m. on 13 April. Seven athletes began the race, though four of them dropped out before noon and a fifth gave up in the afternoon. Schmal had lapped the rest of the cyclists early in the race and rode along with Keeping for the rest of the contest, winning by that one lap. The 12 hour race was never included again in the cycling program at the Olympic Games.[1]

Rank Cyclist Nation Distance
  Adolf Schmal   Austria 314.997 km
  Frederick Keeping   Great Britain 314.664 km
Georgios Paraskevopoulos   Greece DNF
Nikos Loverdos   Greece DNF (3 hours)
A. Tryfiatis-Tripiaris   Greece DNF (3 hours)
Joseph Welzenbacher   Germany DNF (3 hours)
Konstantinos Konstantinou   Greece DNF (3 hours)


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