Major Taylor Birthday Ride with Neighborhood Bike


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Signature Ride

Neighborhood Bike Works
3939 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia PA 19104

Ride Profile

- Distance: 6, 30 & 50
- Pace: ALL
- Terrain: Flat
- Drop v No Drop: No Drop

Ride Leader

Claire Washington; Romeo Cochrane; Cleo Townsend; Kenny Lawson


Join Philly MTCC and Neighborhood Bike Works, as well as DelawareMTCC, Bikin’ Blazers, and KRT/QRT as we celebrate Marshall “Major” Taylor’s birthday.  Although the man (Major) has been long gone, his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of those of us who appreciate his place in world history.

We will meet at Neighborhood Bike Works and ride to escort the NBW kids to the Mann Music Center park where they will have lunch.   Some of us will extend our ride. We have three ride options:

  • 6 miler – for those wishing to go to the park and back. This ride is completely flat.
  • 31 miler – for those wishing to go to Malvern (Wegmans) and back; a few rolling hills are to be expected.
  • 51 miler – 31 miler plus a 20-mile extension with the Paoli Wall will continue to Exton; expect some hills.
Members and non-members are encouraged to participate. PLEASE NOTE: Preregistration is needed to ride.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

Interesting facts about Major Taylor:

  • Indianapolis: Indy Cycloplex- Home of the Major Taylor Velodrome, owned by the city of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation, operated by Marian University.
  • Indiana: State Historical Maker, “Marshall “Major” Taylor Location: Intersection of 38th St. and the Monon Trail, across from the Indiana State Fair, near the old Capital City Cycling Track, at the corner of 30th St. (present-day 38th St.) and the Monon R.R. (present-day Monon Rail-Trail) Installed: 2009, Indiana Historical Bureau, Central Indiana Bicycling Association Foundation and Indiana State Fair Commission
  • Worcester: The Major Taylor Association, Inc. is located in Worcester, MA
  • The year 2021, will mark the one hundred twenty-second year anniversary of Major Taylor winning the 1899 world championship in Montreal, Canada.
  • New York: Taylor wins his first professional race, the half-mile handicap at Madison Square, and wired the $200 prize to his mother, (1899).
  • First African American (Descendant of American Slaves) Worldwide Sports Super Star.
  • New York: Finished 8th in the internationally famous Six-Day Race at Madison Square Garden, (1896)
  • First African American to gain world acclaim in cycling and occupy a position in points and prize-winnings
  • First African American sports superstar to have commercial sponsors.
  • First African American to break a world cycling record.
  • First African American to win the World One-Mile Pro Cycling Championship, (1899).
  • First African American to win numerous U.S. circuit championship, (1899 and 1900).
  • First African American to win championships in Europe and Australia, (early 1900s).

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- THIS IS A MEMBER ONLY EVENT Limited Spaces Available!


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