Cycling Track at the 1906 Intercalated Games

Dates 23 – 25 April 1906
Medal Events 5

Cycling events at the 1906 Olympic Games were held in the Neo Phaliron Velodrme. This was the same site at which the 1896 Olympic cycling events were held. The velodrome was 333.33 metres in length but the cyclists had numerous complaints, because the curves had very minimal banks. In 1906 there were five track cycling events conducted.

The 1906 Olympic Games cycling events were dominated by the Italian cyclist Francesco Verri, who won three gold medals – in the match sprint, the one-lap time trial, and the 5,000-metre track race. Verri was not well-known prior to the Olympics but, later in 1906, in Genève, he became the world champion in the match sprint. Further details of his cycling career are not well-known. He never finished third or better in any other world championship event or Italian championship after 1906.

The top amateur cyclist in the world in 1906 was likely Britain’s Leon Meredith, who was world champion in 1904-05, 1907-09, 1911, and 1913 in the motor-paced event. Meredith also won seven British championships between 1902 and 1908. He was not in Athina with the British cyclists.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Sprint, Men Intercalated 23 April 1906 28 10
333⅓ metres Time Trial, Men Intercalated 24 April 1906 24 9
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men Intercalated 23 – 24 April 1906 12 4
5,000 metres, Men Intercalated 24 – 25 April 1906 26 9
20 kilometres Walk, Men Intercalated 25 April 1906 24 9
41 (41/0) 11 (11/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Sprint, Men Francesco VerriITA Bert BoufflerGBR Eugène DebongnieBEL
333⅓ metres Time Trial, Men Francesco VerriITA Herbert CrowtherGBR Henri MenjouFRA
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men Great BritainGBR GermanyGER GermanyGER
5,000 metres, Men Francesco VerriITA Herbert CrowtherGBR Fernand VastFRA
20 kilometres, Men Billy PettGBR Maurice BardonneauFRA Fernand VastFRA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Italy ITA 3 0 0 3
Great Britain GBR 2 3 0 5
France FRA 0 1 3 4
Germany GER 0 1 1 2
Belgium BEL 0 0 1 1