Tandem Cycling at the Olympics
The 2000m Tandem cycling event was a long time inclusion in the Olympic cycling program, but is largely forgotten now, joining the many other discontinued Olympic cycing events.
Tandem cycling was a men's only two rider team event that was a part of the intercalated games in 1906 and a part of the Olympics in, 1908 and a period from 1920 to 1972. The format was a sprint of 2000 meters. The event was removed from the games after that. Tandem cycling has not completely disappeared, now you will see tandem events as part of the Paralymics.
In its debut, 34 riders from seven nations took part in the event. André Auffray and Maurice Schilles from France took gold and riders from Great Britain took both the silver and bronze medals.
Though the number of nations participating in the event were few in the first few games, it slowly increased in the later Olympics, and in the last two games the event was held, in 1968 and 1972, 28 riders from 14 nations took part.
France and Italy have been the most successful nations in the events Olympic history. Both these countries have each won the gold medal on three different occasions, and both have also took the bronze medal twice. Great Britain has won the most medals in the event than any other country with six, which includes one gold medal. They have also been the most unluckiest nation finishing second in the podium to take the silver medal on four different occasions.