Harry Ryan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarry Edgar•Ryan
Used nameHarry•Ryan
Born21 November 1893 in St. Pancras, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died14 April 1961 in Ealing, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPolytechnic C.C., Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Harry Ryan who was born “over the shop” of the family business in the Euston Road enjoyed a top-class cycling career which began in 1913 with a runner-up placement in the World Amateur Sprint Championship and lasted a full decade. With his teammate from the Polytechnic CC, Thomas Lance, Ryan steered the British pairing to victory in the tandem event at the 1920 Olympics and also won a bronze medal in the 1,000 metre match sprint. Ryan won four NCU individual championships before the Antwerp Olympics and after the Games he won the 1921 and 1922 tandem title with Thomas Harvey of Catford CC as his partner. After he retired, Harry Ryan developed the well-known family machine tool business of Buck & Ryan into a highly successful concern and became a prominent official in the cycling world, attending most of the major meetings at home and on the Continent.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR Harry Ryan
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Thomas Lance 1 Gold