Historic Overview Henry Kaltenbrunn
Henry Kaltenbrun Henry Gustaves Kaltenbrun (15 May 1897 in Vryburg – 15 February 1971) was a top South African cyclist from the 1920s
In the 1920 Summer Olympics, Henry Kaltenbrun won the 100-mile Men's Road Race but was only awarded the Silver Medal after an appeal by Swedish competitor Stenquist claimed he had lost 4 minutes at a railway crossing. Kaltenbrun went on to win a Bronze in the 4000m Team Pursuit with C. Walker, W.R. Smith (who together also got Bronze in the tandem) and H.W. Goosen. Kaltenbrun also represented South Africa at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Henry Kaltenbrun and G.B. Thursfield, were the only two cyclists who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1921 and 1922 as part of a Springbok team of athletes and cyclists. On this tour Kaltenbrun won a total of 21 cycling races and broke 4 records while Thursfield won 13 cycling races and broke 3 records . In 1921, Kaltenbrun won the South African quarter-mile, half-mile, 1-mile, 5-mile and 10-mile track championships. He repeated the 1-mile and 5-mile one in 1923 and again the a half-mile and 1-mile in 1924. According to W Jowett's records, Kaltenbrun only won one Natal title, the 5-mile in 1921. (Source: W Jowett: Centenary) Kaltenburg must have won many other South African and Natal road races during those years.