This documentation is grippingly written like a brilliant thriller, when you close the book you get a lump in your throat and you know what a real cycling hero is like.

Cycling racing bike

Aug 2007

The author


The journalist Renate Franz, born in Solingen in 1954, studied history and German at the University of Cologne. She has been an author since 1994. In 1998 she published the book "The Forgotten World Champion" for the first time about the Cologne world cycling champion Albert Richter, who was allegedly murdered by the Gestapo in 1940. From 1998 to 2001 she organized the track cycling event "Die Freitag Nacht" on the Albert-Richter-Radrennbahn in Cologne-Müngersdorf, for which she had previously been involved, and initiated the "Albert-Richter-Cup" of the Association of German Cyclists for youngsters in the track sprint. In 2003, Renate Franz was the first German to be honored as a “Volontaire UCI” by the International Cycling Union for her services to track cycling. In 2003 she also began to compile the archives of the Berlin cycling journalist Fredy Budzinski at the German Sport University in Cologne. Your Budzinski biography will appear in the university library's publication series.