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Albert Denny

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlbert John•Denny
Used nameAlbert•Denny
Born3 January 1886 in Coventry, West Midlands, England (GBR)
Died1965 in Coventry, West Midlands, England (GBR)
AffiliationsRover Racing CC, Birmingham (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Albert Denny started racing at the age of 12 and first showed promise when he finished second in a one-lap handicap race at Bristol in 1902. A member of the Bristol Wheelers at the time, he joined Rover RCC in Birmingham in 1906 and it was not long before success came his way, as he was the NCU Birmingham Centre 25-mile champion in his first year with his new club. He won the Midland Centre one and 25-mile titles in 1907 and, the following year, regained his Birmingham Centre 25-mile title. Prior to the London Olympics, Denny raced mostly in the Midlands, but took to the mighty Herne Hill track in the months leading up to the Games and, after finishing second in the Southern Counties Championship, was selected for the Great Britain team.

A month after the Olympics, Denny represented England at the British Empire Championships at the Belfast Oval. In 1909 he was runner-up to Bill Bailey in the four-mile race at the NCU Championship at Portsmouth, and in 1910 was runner-up in both the NCU 25- and 50-mile championship races. In the longer distance, he lost to Charles Denny by half-a-wheel after around two hours and 20 minutes of racing. He narrowly missed out on the five-mile title in 1911, when finishing third behind Victor Johnson and Clarrie Kingsbury.

Denny gave up cycling after World War I and went into the hotel trade, managing several establishments. He then joined the Standard Motor Company in 1936, and spent 20 years with them before his retirement at the age of 70. A fine baritone, Denny was a founder-member of the Standard Male Voice Choir.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR Albert Denny
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 2 h16 r1/3
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2