Clemens Schürmann

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Clemens Schürmann (1909)

Clemens Schürmann (born May 24, 1888 in Münster ; † 1957 there ) was a German racing cyclist and architect .

He began his career as a cyclist in 1905 in an amateur race , which he won straight away. A year later he became a professional and was one of the best drivers in his discipline, the sprint . In 1908 he became vice-European champion and in the same year took part in the rail world championships in Leipzig , where he defeated the former world champion Edmond Jacquelin in the preliminary stages . In 1913 he took part in the World Championships in Paris and was successful in premium driving. His successes in the sprint included the Fine Arts Prize in 1909 and the Rhine Championship in 1924 . After several serious falls Clemens Schürmann used as the first racer in his races regularly one from a converted Kürassierhelm incurred helmet as head protection.

After a six-month internship as a bricklayer, he attended the Royal Building Trade School in Münster from October 1907 , the subsequent Faculty of Architecture is now part of the Münster University of Applied Sciences . He did not finish his five-semester course until 1912, as he raced in the summers. A bike race on the outdated track in Krefeld in 1926 was a turning point in his career. After the race, plans became known to modernize the track, but no one was able to raise the budgeted costs. Schürmann was asked by members of the association from Krefeld to plan a more cost-effective railway. He was able to meet the framework conditions and a few months later the first summer railway based on his designs was built.

In 1927 Schürmann ended his sporting career and devoted himself to his learned profession as an architect; the construction of cycle tracks became his specialty . In the following years he created famous railways such as B. the Vigorelli-Bahn in Milan or the Olympic cycling stadium in Berlin (1936). The more than 50 tracks he designed were considered the fastest in the world. In his old age he acted as the sports director of the six-day races in the Halle Münsterland in Münster, whose cycle track he built himself. He died in Münster in 1957. In his memory, the difficult "1001-times-round", a one-day test for teams of two , was held for a long time on his 154 m long cycling track in the Münsterland hall .

After his son Herbert Schürmann, who continued to build cycle tracks around the world, died in 1994, the construction of the cycle race track at the Schürmann architects' office is continued in the third generation by grandson Ralph Schürmann.

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  1. Interest group for cycling (ed.): The cycling . No. 41/42/1848 . Sportdienst Verlag Zademack and Noster, Cologne, p. 3 .
  2. ^ Association of German cyclists (ed.): Radsport . No. 12/1966 . Deutscher Sportverlag Kurt Stoof, Cologne 1966, p. 15 .