Joseph Rosemeyer

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoseph•Rosemeyer
Used nameJoseph•Rosemeyer
Born13 March 1872 in Lingen/Ems, Niedersachsen (GER)
Died1 December 1919 in Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
AffiliationsRadfahrerverein Lingen
NOC Germany


Joseph Rosemeyer, an electrical engineer, founded the cycling club in his hometown Lingen. Although he was not one of the best German cyclists, he was sent to the 1895 Amateur World Championships in Cologne, and he also travelled to Athens for the Olympics. He did not achieve top classifications in either event. Rosemeyer, who later became director of a light bulb factory, was the uncle of Bernd Rosemeyer. A famour racing driver, his nephew won the 1936 European driving championship but was killed in 1938 in an attempt to beat the world speed record.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) GER Joseph Rosemeyer
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS
Cycling Track (Cycling) GER Joseph Rosemeyer
Sprint, Men (Olympic) DNF
333⅓ metres Time Trial, Men (Olympic) 8
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
100 kilometres, Men (Olympic) DNF