at the Games of the II Olympiad
|Venues||Vélodrome de Vincennes|
|Date||11 September – 15 September|
|Competitors||72 from 7 nations|
|Cycling at the|
1900 Summer Olympics
The 1900 Summer Olympics were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair, during which many cycling events were contested. The IOC website currently affirms a total of 3 medal events, after accepting, as it appears, the recommendation of Olympic historian Bill Mallon regarding events that should be considered "Olympic". These additional events include the men's points race. Thus, three cycling events are considered Olympic events. These three competitions were held between 9 September and 16 September 1900. The cycling part of the World's Fair included 250 competitors, 160 of them French. In the sprint and 25 km events, 72 competitors, all men, from seven nations competed.
||Georges Taillandier (FRA)||Fernand Sanz (FRA)||John Henry Lake (USA)|
||Louis Bastien (FRA)||Lloyd Hildebrand (GBR)||Auguste Daumain (FRA)|
||Enrico Brusoni (ITA)||Karl Duill (GER)||Louis Trousselier (FRA)|
A total of 72 cyclists from 7 nations competed at the sprint and 25 km cycling events during the Paris Games:
|Great Britain (GBR)||0||1||0||1|
|5||United States (USA)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (5 nations)||3||3||3||9|
In 1900, there was no official distinction between Olympic events and non-Olympic events held during the Exposition Universelle (1900). Most events were open for all cyclists. The cycling events satisfying all of these criteria — restricted to amateurs, open to all nations, open to all competitors and without handicapping — are now regarded as Olympic events. The IOC has never decided which events were "Olympic" and which were not. Other events were:
In many works, it is read that the IOC later met to decide which events were Olympic and which were not. This is not correct and no decision has ever been made. No discussion of this item can be found in the account of any Session.