Oscar Egg

Oscar Egg
Personal information
Full name Oscar Egg
Born (1890-03-02)2 March 1890
Schlatt, Switzerland
Died 9 February 1961(1961-02-09) (aged 70)
Nice, France
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1911 Griffon
19121914 Peugeot
19151916 Individual
19171919 Bianchi
19201926 Individual
Major wins
set the hour record 3 times
2 stages Tour de France (1914)
1 stage Giro d'Italia (1919)
Paris Tours (1914)
Milano–Torino (1917)
Infobox last updated on
27 July 2007

Oscar Egg (2 March 1890 9 February 1961) was a Swiss track and road bicycle racer. He captured the world hour record three times before the First World War. He also won major road races and stages of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.

The hour record

Between 1907 and 1914 Oscar Egg and Marcel Berthet improved the hour record six times between them.[1] Egg's 1914 mark of 44.247 km then stood until 1933. Egg set all three of his records at the Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris. The track was a 333m outdoor track surfaced with concrete. The sequence was as follows:

Only Chris Boardman has equalled Egg and Berthet's feat of taking the record three times.

Road racing

Tour de France:
Winner stages 8, 10 and 11 (independents category)
  Switzerland national road race championship[2]
Tour de France:
Winner stages 4 and 5
Giro d'Italia:
Winner stage 3
Circuit des Champs de Bataille
dropped out in stage 2[3]

Track racing

Major track victories include:

Six days of Chicago
Six days of Chicago (with Francesco Verri)
Six days of New York (with Marcel Dupuy)
  Switzerland national track championship
He defeated Alfred Goullet on July 4, 1921 at the Newark Velodrome in Newark, New Jersey[4] Six day race in New York with Piet van Kempen.
Six days of Paris (with Georges Sérès père)
Six Days of Ghent (with Marcel Buysse)
Six days of Paris (with Piet Van Kempen)
Six days of Chicago (with Maurice Brocco)
Six days of Chicago (with Alfred Grenda)
Bol d'Or
  Switzerland national track sprint championship
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (42.122 km)
22 August 1912-7 August 1913
Succeeded by
Marcel Berthet
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (43.525 km)
21 August 1913-20 September 1913
Succeeded by
Marcel Berthet
Preceded by
Marcel Berthet
UCI hour record (44.247 km)
18 August 1914-25 August 1933
Succeeded by
Jan van Hout


  1. Clemitson, Suze (19 September 2014). "Why Jens Voigt and a new group of cyclists want to break the Hour record". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. "National Championship, Road, Elite, Switzerland (Men)". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. Isitt, Tom (9 July 2014). "Circuit des Champs de Bataille". Rouleur. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  4. "Defeats Goullet in Australian Pursuit Race at Newark Velodrome". New York Times. July 4, 1921. Retrieved 2010-10-03. Oscar Egg, the gritty Swiss bicycle star, defeated Alfred Goullet, all-around champion America, in a hard fought Australian pursuit race at the Velodrome here today. Egg and Goullet fought for three...
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