Tommy Lance joined with his club-mate from Polytechnic CC, Harry Ryan, as a tandem pairing for the 1920 season. With Ryan steering and Lance riding behind, they set a new British quarter-mild record in June and faced the Olympic Games in Antwerp, some seven weeks later, with confidence. At the Olympics they beat a Dutch pairing in the semi-finals over a distance of 1,200 metres and in the final, over 2,000 metres, they covered the last 200 metres in 11.6 seconds for a comfortable victory over the South Africans. Lance also competed in the match sprint in Antwerp but failed to reach the semi-finals and although he was an Olympic champion he never won an NCU title. After his active sporting days were over Tommy Lance became a bookmaker in Brighton.