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12th World Championship Road Race 1938


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian












The Black Eagle Soars

The 1938 World Championship Road Race was held in Valkenburg, Holland . The race course is 27 laps of the 10.11 km circuit, which includes climb of the difficult Cauberg every lap.

Political turmoil in Europe was growing. The Second World War would stop the World Championships for eight years. The final race before the war was in 1938. Belgian Marcel Kint, nicknamed the Black Eagle drove a four-rider breakaway up Holland 's notorious climb of the Cauberg 27 times. So tough was the course most other big name riders abandoned in large numbers. Kint entered the velodrome first and won the sprint to gain the World Championship for Belgium . Suisse riders Paul Egli and Leo Amberg were 2nd and 3rd respectively.


WCRR September 5, 1938
273 Km [ Valkenburg, Holland ]

1. Marcel KINT (Bel) 7h53'25

2. Paul Egli (Sui)

3. Leo Amberg (Sui)

Starters: 36
Finishers: 8
Average Speed: 34.599 km/h




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