Cycling at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race

The men's individual road race at the 1948 Summer Olympics was held on an 11.45 km course. The course was circled seventeen times, so the total length of the competition was 194.6 km. There were 141 entries from 31 nations and 101 participants from 29 nations. Of the 101 starters, 28 rode the distance to the end.[1][2] The event was won by José Beyaert of France, the nation's second consecutive victory in the men's individual road race. The Netherlands and Belgium won their first medals in the event, with Gerrit Voorting's silver and Lode Wouters's bronze, respectively.

Men's cycling road race
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
The Olympic Cycling Road Race at Windsor, London, 1948. (7649954084).jpg
The peloton passes through the start and finish line
VenueOlympic Road Course, Windsor Great Park
194.633 km (120.9 mi)
Date13 August 1948
Competitors101 from 29 nations
Winning time5:18:12.6
1st place, gold medalist(s) José Beyaert
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gerrit Voorting
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lode Wouters
← 1936
1952 →

Each nation could enter up to four cyclists. A team classification was made, based on the rankings of the three best cyclists per nation, and this was used to determine the results of the team road race.


This was the third appearance of the event, previously held in 1896 and 1936; it would be held at every Summer Olympics after 1936. It replaced the individual time trial event that had been held from 1912 to 1932 (and which would be reintroduced alongside the road race in 1996). There was no clear favorite, though Adolfo Ferrari of Italy was the reigning world champion. The race was initially intended to be held at Richmond Park in Surrey, but "a law was discovered that prohibited any activity there at more than 20 miles per hour."[3]

Argentina, Guyana, India, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, and Uruguay each made their debut in the men's individual road race. Great Britain made its third appearance in the event, the only nation to have competed in each appearance to date.

Competition format and courseEdit

The mass-start race was on a course that covered 17 laps of a 11.45 kilometres circuit around Windsor Great Park, for a total of 194.63 kilometres. The course was "relatively flat."[3] It "included no severe gradients, but was sufficiently undulating to provide a real test of stamina, and with bends . . . which needed all the skill of the contestants at the speed at which the race was run."[4] The surface was less than ideal, with "loose gravel roads" causing numerous punctures.[3]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 13 August 1948 11:00 Final


Johansson broke away from the pack during the second lap, with Voorting and Faanhof catching him in lap 3. Johansson suffered a puncture during lap 9, falling back to the peloton. A chase group of nine cyclists caught up to Voorting and Faanhof on lap 12, but crashes and punctures dropped Faanhof, Rasmussen, and Rouffeteau out of the lead pack. Thomas was the first to attempt a breakaway, on lap 16, but was quickly caught by De Lathouwer and less-quickly caught by the rest of the pack in the last lap. Beyaert made two pushes on the last lap, being caught by the pack on the first but separating from the group on a short climb a half-mile away from the finish line; he held on to win the race. Voorting finished with a sprint for the silver medal.[3][4]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  José Beyaert   France 5:18:12.6
  Gerrit Voorting   Netherlands 5:18:16.2
  Lode Wouters   Belgium 5:18:16.2
4 Leon De Lathouwer   Belgium 5:18:16.2
5 Nils Johansson   Sweden 5:18:16.2
6 Bob Maitland   Great Britain 5:18:16.2
7 Jack Hoobin   Australia 5:18:18.2
8 Gordon Thomas   Great Britain 5:18:18.2
9 Adolfo Ferrari   Italy 5:21:45.0
10 Silvio Pedroni   Italy 5:21:45.0
11 Alain Moineau   France 5:21:45.0
12 Eugène Van Roosbroeck   Belgium 5:21:45.0
13 Jakob Schenk   Switzerland 5:21:45.0
14 Rudi Valenta   Austria 5:24:48.0
15 Jean Brun   Switzerland 5:26:54.0
16 Ian Scott   Great Britain 5:26:57.2
17 Jacques Dupont   France 5:12:45.3
18 Harry Snell   Sweden 5:28:22.2
19 Franco Fanti   Italy 5:29:35.2
20 Livio Isotti   Italy 5:31:08.6
21 Ceferino Peroné   Argentina 5:33:15.4
22 Dante Benvenuti   Argentina 5:33:15.4
23 Miguel Sevillano   Argentina 5:33:15.4
24 Åke Olivestedt   Sweden 5:33:48.2
25 Walter Reiser   Switzerland 5:34:25.2
26 Russell Mockridge   Australia 5:39:54.6
27 Kristian Pedersen   Denmark 5:39:57.2
28 Knud Andersen   Denmark 5:39:57.2
Mario Mathieu   Argentina DNF
Ken Caves   Australia DNF
Jim Nestor   Australia DNF
Hans Goldschmid   Austria DNF
Siegmund Huber   Austria DNF
Josef Pohnetal   Austria DNF
Liévin Lerno   Belgium DNF
Laddie Lewis   Guyana DNF
Lorne Atkinson   Canada DNF
Florent Jodoin   Canada DNF
Lance Pugh   Canada DNF
Laurent Tessier   Canada DNF
Rafael Iturrate   Chile DNF
Mario Masanés   Chile DNF
Exequiel Ramírez   Chile DNF
Rogelio Salcedo   Chile DNF
Børge Saxil Nielsen   Denmark DNF
Rudolf Rasmussen   Denmark DNF
Paul Backman   Finland DNF
Torvald Högström   Finland DNF
Erkki Koskinen   Finland DNF
René Rouffeteau   France DNF
Ernie Clements   Great Britain DNF
Manthos Kaloudis   Greece DNF
Evangelos Kouvelis   Greece DNF
Petros Leonidis   Greece DNF
Henk Faanhof   Netherlands DNF
Evert Grift   Netherlands DNF
Piet Peters   Netherlands DNF
Malcolm Havladar   India DNF
Raj Kumar Mehra   India DNF
Eruch Mistry   India DNF
Homi Powri   India DNF
Hwang San-ung   South Korea DNF
Gwon Ik-hyeon   South Korea DNF
Robert Bintz   Luxembourg DNF
Marcel Ernzer   Luxembourg DNF
Henri Kellen   Luxembourg DNF
Pitty Scheer   Luxembourg DNF
Placido Herrera   Mexico DNF
Francisco Rodríguez   Mexico DNF
Gabino Rodríguez   Mexico DNF
Manuel Solis   Mexico DNF
Nick Carter   New Zealand DNF
Lorang Christiansen   Norway DNF
Leif Flengsrud   Norway DNF
Erling Kristiansen   Norway DNF
Aage Myhrvold   Norway DNF
Wazir Ali   Pakistan DNF
Hernán Llerena   Peru DNF
Pedro Mathey   Peru DNF
Luis Poggi   Peru DNF
Dirkie Binneman   South Africa DNF
George Estman   South Africa DNF
Wally Rivers   South Africa DNF
Olle Wänlund   Sweden DNF
Giovanni Rossi   Switzerland DNF
Ali Çetiner   Turkey DNF
Mustafa Osmanlı   Turkey DNF
Orhan Suda   Turkey DNF
Talat Tunçalp   Turkey DNF
Frank Brilando   United States DNF
Ed Lynch   United States DNF
Chester Nelsen   United States DNF
Wendell Rollins   United States DNF
Waldemar Bernatzky   Uruguay DNF
Enrique Demarco   Uruguay DNF
Mario Figueredo   Uruguay DNF
Luis López   Uruguay DNF
Milan Poredski   Yugoslavia DNF
August Prosenik   Yugoslavia DNF
Aleksandar Strain   Yugoslavia DNF
Aleksandar Zorić   Yugoslavia DNF


  1. ^ "Cycling at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's Road Race, Individual". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  2. ^ "THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Road Race, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b Official Report, p. 319.