The Rouleur Longreads podcast: Thaddäus Robl

“Ignoring the injuries he sustained on Whitsunday in Madgeburg, world champion Robl took to the start line Whit Monday, June 1 1903 in Brandenburg. He won both the 10km and the 50km in his typical fashion, decisively demonstrating the superiority of his new, invincible Corona bicycle.”

Daredevil speed merchant, track racer and German superstar from the early 20th century, Robl met a predictably tragic end, but not on a bicycle. The story of Germany’s first sporting hero.


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