The only 12-hour race at the track cycling men in Olympic history took place at the Olympic Games 1896 in Athens held on 13 April 1896th It was the last competition of the games. The race started at 5 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. The driver who could cover the longest distance in this time won. A total of 7 drivers took part in this competition. Early on, Adolf Schmal from Austria and Frederick Keeping from Britain set themselves apart from the rest of the drivers and lapped them. Four of them gave up after just 3 hours. In the afternoon, the Greek Georgios Paraskevopoulos also gave up. After only Schmal and Keeping could hope for a win, both agreed to take a break. In the end, Schmal won by one lap ahead of Keeping.