Frank Louis Kramer
Frank Kramer was the son of a timber merchant and worked in his father's operation. Together with his two younger brothers, he ran in his spare time cycling and boxing. At age 17, he took part in the first amateur race in 1899 and American masters.
In 1900, he was - against the resistance of his father - a professional. His biggest rival was Major Taylor, so that the U.S. Radwelt soon divided into " Krameristen " and " Tayloristen ". Kramer won only 18 times U.S. Championships during his career as a lasting until 1922 cyclists and 1912 world champion of the flyers. In 1906 he won the prestigious Classic Grand Prix de Paris.
Kramer was well known because of its strict lifestyle: He went out every evening punctually at 9 clock to bed, so he drove a few six-day race. He was regarded as stingy, had few friends among its competitors and married only after the end of his career, with 42 years. The marriage remained childless.
After the end of his active career Kramer worked as a cycling official. An attempt to run for the U.S. House of Representatives failed.