___Race Snippets


5th World Championship Road Race 1931


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian













Powerful ‘Locomotive'

The 1931 World Championship Road Race was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The race in 1931 was a unique World Championships. Italian dominance of the World Championship Road Race gave rise to numerous complaints that the Squadra Azzurra was working as a team (a practice frowned upon in the 1920’s and 30’s) in an individual’s race. The UCI commissioners had the race contested as an individual time trial with riders sent off every 2 minutes. Italian Learco “the Human Locomotive” Guerro after finishing second in 1930 covered the 170 km course in 4h53'43" to win the 1931 Championship.

WCRR August 26, 1931
170 Km ITT [ Copenhagen, Denmark ]

1. Learco GUERRO (Ita) 4h53'43”

2. Ferdinand Le Drogo (Fra) +4'37”

3. Albert Buchi (Sui) +4'48”

Starters: 17
Finishers: 13
Average Speed: 34.727 km/h

WCRR 1930

WCRR 1932

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