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Major Taylor Birthday Ride 2018

Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Major Taylor Birthday Ride 2018

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Major Taylor Chicago invites you to join us for our annual Birthday Celebration tribute to Marshall "Major" Taylor.  Every year the NBC hosts a series of national tribute rides in Taylor’s honor. Hundreds of cyclists across the country will join in the commemorative recognition of Taylor’s incredible store and lifetime achievements. Hennessy V.S has partnered with The NBC to organize this year’s synchronized tribute rides in celebration of Marshall “Major” Taylor’s legacy. On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the late cyclist’s birthday rides in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York will commemorate Taylor and continue the NBC’s mission of promoting diversity in sports. 

Hennessy invites participants in the six cities to join them for a post-ride cocktail mixer with a special screening of Hennessy V.S’ “Wild Rabbit” TV creative & documentary spotlighting Taylor.


History of the Ride:

Information about the history of this ride from the Black Cyclist  page on Facebook:

So as a level set, Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Major Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship.
Major Taylor's birthday is Nov 26th. About (5) years ago, Anthony Taylor of the Nat' Brotherhood of Cyclists came up with the idea of having NBC clubs around the country ride on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and post pictures on the NBC site and the Black Cyclist.
Well, the event took off in a whole new direction. Many of the clubs searched out for Major Taylor monuments in their areas and did a ride to those locations and posted the group picture in front of the various MT monuments. The first year, we had over 20 clubs participate.
For the past (4) years, The FB Group, The Black Cyclist has been organizing the event ever since. The rules and organization are very simple, there are none. 


Ride Start: Dan Ryan Woods-North (Start of Major Taylor Trail)
Ride Start: 10:00 AM (Arrive at 9:30 - 9:45 for pre-ride bike check)

Ride End: 1:00pm
Ride Distance: 32 miles round trip
Ride Pace: TBD
Ride Route: Ride With GPS

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Dan Ryan Woods-North
W 83rd St
Chicago, IL 60620

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

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Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago

The Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago invites you to join us on a variety of rides and events. Organized in 2008, we are a club made up of all ages, cycling disciplines, and cycling abilities.
Active members enjoy riding together year round in a relaxed and friendly group atmosphere.
Various Types of Rides
Our rides range from short, easy trips for beginners, to moderately-paced tours with snack breaks, to fast, challenging rides for the more competitive minded.
Volunteer Ride Leaders
Volunteer club members organize group rides, leaving from various locations throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Their routes provide us a wonderful variety of places to tour and explore. Some months there are 20 or more rides to choose from!
Ride Length Varies
Rides can be anywhere from 10 to 100+ miles, with different degrees of difficulty and speed. Therefore, we grade rides by distance, speed, and terrain so you can choose the ones you will be comfortable with.
Popular rides tend to be 25 to 50 miles, usually with a lunch or snack stop. Whether your focus is a fast, challenging ride or something more leisurely, come see what fun club riding can be. Our rides are free, and non-members are welcome to come try us out.
Charter Members

Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago appreciates the special financial and personal contributions of our Charter Members who helped launch our club. Thank you.

The Charter Members are: Beth Burns, Katrina Dawkins, Ed Dixon, DeWayne Ferris, Keith Holt, Charles Irven, Stan Jones, Robert Nathan, and a special thanks to lifetime member Jesse Williams.



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