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Manfred Böhmer

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Manfred Böhmer (1999)

Manfred Böhmer (born 21 September 1936 in Solingen, Germany[1]; † 5 June 2016) was a German sports official and entrepreneur. He was president of the German Cycling Federation (BDR) from 1997 to 2001.

Business career

Manfred Böhmer was a trained industrial clerk. Initially he worked in Remscheid until he went to Paris, where he was export manager at Cycles Peugeot from 1961 to 1965.[1] He used his good contacts to initiate a cooperation with the BDR: Starting with the equipment of the national team and the demand for young riders to the equipment of professionals, including Rolf Wolfshohl and Gregor Braun.[2] He then managed a two-wheel sales company and Peugeot branch in Radevormwald for 13 years. From 1979 onwards Böhmer owned a general agency of world-renowned French and Italian bicycle parts manufacturers in Cologne. From 1990 to 1994 he was also a partner and director of the Soubitez company in Clamecy, France, at that time Europe’s largest manufacturer of bicycle lights. After Soubitez was sold to the Danish Marwi consortium, Böhmer took over representations for foreign companies and imported bicycle parts and sporting goods.[1]

Career as a sports official

On 22 March 1997, Böhmer was elected President of the German Cycling Federation (BDR), having been Vice-President for twelve years under Werner Göhner.[3] The four years of his tenure saw the revival of the Deutschland Tour, the return of World Cup status for a German road race, and the hosting of two world championships. In 2000, he was appointed by the cycling world federation UCI to the Jury d’Appel, the highest authority in the field of competition, for the Olympic Games in Sydney.[3]

Most recently Manfred Böhmer lived in Wermelskirchen in the Bergisches Land.[3]

Honors

Also in 2000, Manfred Böhmer was honoured by the UCI with the highest award, the Merit UCI, among others for his work in the track commission of the world federation. When he stepped down as president in 2001 and resigned all his positions in cycling, he was made an honorary member by the BDR.[3]

Web links

Commons: Manfred Böhmer– Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. a b c Raise cycling to French and Italian levels.In: RemscheiderGeneral-Anzeiger. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  2. Wolfgang Schoppe/Werner Ruttkus: Tritt um Tritt. From 13 decades of history of the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer. Ed.: Federation of German Cyclists. Pegasus & Partner, Füssen 2011, ISBN 978-3-929371-23-9, p. 101.
  3. a b c d Former BDR President Böhmer deceased.In: rad-net.de. 9 June 2016, retrieved 9 June 2016.