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Gerard Bosch van Drakestein

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGerard Dagobert Henri•Bosch van Drakestein
Used nameGerard•Bosch van Drakestein
Nick/petnamesUlysses
Born24 July 1887 in Mechelen (Mechlin) (BEL)
Died20 March 1972 in Den Haag (The Hague) (NED)
Title(s)Jonkheer
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Gerard Bosch van Drakestein was a member of the nobility. His activities as a cyclist were not considered acceptable in his family’s circles, and in the early days of his career he raced under various pseudonyms, usually “Ulysses” or “Bismarck”. He would eventually use his real name, which earned him the nickname of “de jonker”, referring to his title of jonkheer. His career spanned more than two decades, during which he remained an amateur - he saw no need to earn money with his activities. He never won a major title. He thought to have a decent shot at the title in 1914, with his archrival William Bailey having turned pro. However, the tournament was cancelled halfway when World War I broke out. Bosch van Drakestein quit cyling after the Amsterdam Olympics, at age 41. In the 1930ies, Bosch van Drakenstein was instrumental in the removal of a Jewish administrator of the Dutch Cycling Union. Legal charges filed over this after the war were dismissed as the period of prescription had passed.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Gerard Bosch van Drakestein
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 2 h13 r1/3
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 2 h1 r1/3
Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 4
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 5 h2 r1/2
100 kilometres, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2
1924 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Gerard Bosch van Drakestein
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Maurice Peeters 3 Bronze
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands =7
1928 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Gerard Bosch van Drakestein
1,000 metres Time Trial, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 2 Silver