Arthur Zimmerman was a world champion cyclist and a 1990 NYAC Hall of Fame inductee.
Zimmerman was born in Camden New Jersey in 1869. Before he began cycling, Zimmerman excelled in track and field, specifically in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Zimmerman's cycling career coincided with the meteoric rise in the popularity of the sport in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As such, Zimmerman was internationally renowned.
However, Zimmerman didn’t look the part of an elite athlete. A French reporter supposedly commented that Zimmerman looked “like he eats nothing but string.” Another reporter wrote that Zimmerman “barely gives the impression of being the superman that we were expecting…Can this really be this superior man, the athlete who beats everyone?”
Indeed he was. At the inaugural world cycling championships, held at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, Zimmerman won both the one mile and 10km championships. Throughout his career, Zimmerman won more than 1,000 races. One of his peers referred to him as the "greatest pedaller of all time."
Zimmerman died on October 21, 1936 at the age of 67.