Cycling at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's track time trial
The men's track time trial at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, was held on July 20, 1976. There were 30 participants from 30 nations, with each nation limited to one cyclist. One additional cyclist, Elmabruk Kehel from Libya, was entered but did not start because of the last-minute boycott from the African countries. The event was won by Klaus-Jürgen Grünke of East Germany, the nation's first victory in the men's track time trial. Michel Vaarten of Belgium took silver. Niels Fredborg became the only man to win three medals in the event, adding a bronze to his 1968 silver and 1972 gold.
|Men's track time trial|
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
|Date||20 July 1976|
|Competitors||31 from 31 nations|
This was the 12th appearance of the event, which had previously been held in 1896 and every Games since 1928. It would be held every Games until being dropped from the programme after 2004. The returning cyclists from 1972 were gold medalist (and 1968 silver medalist) Niels Fredborg of Denmark, fifth-place finisher (and 1968 bronze medalist) Janusz Kierzkowski of Poland, sixth-place finisher Dimo Angelov Tonchev of Bulgaria, eighth-place finisher Eduard Rapp of the Soviet Union, fifteenth-place finisher Jocelyn Lovell of Canada, eighteenth-place finisher Harald Bundli of Norway, and non-finisher Hector Edwards of Barbados. Fredborg, Rapp (1974 world champion), and Klaus-Jürgen Grünke (1975 world champion) were favored.
Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Hong Kong, and Yugoslavia each made their debut in the men's track time trial. France and Great Britain each made their 12th appearance, having competed at every appearance of the event.
The following were the world and Olympic records prior to the competition.
|World record||Pierre Trentin (FRA)||1:03.91||Mexico City, Mexico||17 October 1968|
|Olympic record||Pierre Trentin (FRA)||1:03.91||Mexico City, Mexico||17 October 1968|
No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.
|Tuesday, 20 July 1976||15:00||Final|
- "Cycling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games: Men's 1000m time trial". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "1,000 metres Time Trial, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
- Official Report, vol. 3, p. 191.