Cycling at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Men's track time trial

The men's track time trial, a part of the cycling events at the 1928 Summer Olympics, took place at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Sixteen cyclists from 16 nations competed. Each nation was limited to one competitor.[1] The distance was 1 kilometre.[2] The race was won by the Danish rider Willy Hansen in 1 minutes, 14.4 seconds. Gerard Bosch van Drakestein of the Netherlands took silver, while Dunc Gray of Australia earned bronze. It was the first medal for each of the three nations in the men's track time trial; none had competed in 1896.

Men's track time trial
at the Games of the IX Olympiad
Willy Falck Hansen.JPG
Willy Hansen
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date5 August
Competitors16 from 16 nations
Winning time1:14.4 OR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Willy Hansen
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gerard Bosch van Drakestein
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Dunc Gray
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This was the second appearance of the event, which had previously been held in 1896. It would be held every Games until being dropped from the programme after 2004. The event was a "new event" in track cycling, "supposedly popular in Italy."[3]

Twelve of the 16 competing nations made their debut in the event: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and Turkey. The four returning nations were Austria, France, Germany, and Great Britain.

Competition formatEdit

The event was a time trial on the track, with each cyclist competing separately to attempt to achieve the fastest time. Unlike in 1896, the competition used a standing start. The distance was also increased to one kilometre rather than the one-third of a kilometre used previously.[3][4][5]


There were no standing world or Olympic records prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics; world records were not ratified by the UCI until 1949 and the event (at the 1 kilometre distance) had not previously been held at the Olympics.

World record Unknown Unknown* Unknown Unknown
Olympic record N/A N/A N/A N/A

* World records were not tracked by the UCI until 1949.

Octave Dayen went first, earning a de facto Olympic record at 1:16.0. Gerard Bosch van Drakestein was the first man to beat Dayen, recording a time of 1:15.2. This held until Willy Hansen, racing 14th of 16, achieved a 1:14.4 time.[3]


Date Time Round
Sunday, 5 August 1928 19:00 Final


The Official Report omits Rodríguez and Cattaneo, but other sources demonstrate that the two men did compete.[5][6][7][3]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
  Willy Hansen   Denmark 1:14.2 OR
  Gerard Bosch van Drakestein   Netherlands 1:15.1
  Dunc Gray   Australia 1:15.3
4 Octave Dayen   France 1:16.0
5 Kurt Einsiedel   Germany 1:17.1
6 Edward Kerridge   Great Britain 1:18.0
Józef Lange   Poland 1:18.0
8 Francisco Rodríguez   Argentina 1:18.4
9 Jean Aerts   Belgium 1:18.6
Angelo Cattaneo   Italy 1:18.6
11 Lew Elder   Canada 1:19.0
Bertie Donnelly   Ireland 1:19.0
13 Erich Fäs   Switzerland 1:19.2
14 Edmond Maillard   Chile 1:20.1
15 Franz Dusika   Austria 1:22.0
16 Galip Cav   Turkey 1:22.3


De Wael lists 16 competitors, with Francisco Rodríguez of Argentina placing 8th and Angelo Cattaneo of Italy tying with Aerts for 9th (with other finishers moving down correspondingly).[7] Their names were not on the 1928 Official Report, but were discovered via research on Dutch newspapers from the time.[2]


  1. ^ Official Report, p. 505.
  2. ^ a b "Cycling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games: Men's Time Trial". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "1,000 metres Time Trial, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  4. ^ Official Report, p. 98.
  5. ^ a b Official Report, p. 509.
  6. ^ "1928 Summer Olympics official report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Cycling - Road 1928".