born in 1888, had the need for cycling already in his blood.
As a young boy he often "borrowed"
his brother's bicycle -at this time not everybody had one- just to go and
try it out on the roads. Finally his parents couldn't deny his ambitions
and got him his own bike.
1910 he was already among the best cyclists, his favorite discipline being
the sprint. He turned professional and used the money, which he earned
in the summer season,
to finance his studies of architecture during the winter time. But when
he met his future wife, he had to promise her to stop cycling, since she
considered this sport as being too dangerous.
World War I stopped his career and he ended up with a shot through his knee. When he asked his doctor what he could do to treat his stiffening knee, the doctor strongly proposed pedaling movements of the leg.
! Clemens was back to cycling !
|After that he reached the peak
of his career. He competed against all international
sprint stars of his time (Ruett, Arend, Ellegaard, Jacquelin,
Major Taylor etc.) and was considered to be
among the top ten of the world sprinters. He took part in the World-Championships 1908 and 1913 and was European Vice-Champion in sprint in 1908 behind Ellegaard.
His muscle packed arms were famous and he did not only once break off the handle-bar of his bike.
|During this time he also invented the first cycling helmet. After cutting off the top of a police helmet he covered it with a dark stocking of his wife, in order to make it less shiny, and used it furtheron as a protection in his races.
|2nd : Herbert Schuermann
|3rd : Ralph Schuermann