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Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance

About the Alliance


In June 2022, around 400 cyclists gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the inaugural Major Taylor Invitational Ride and Indiana State Museum exhibit, celebrating the life of Major Taylor. The following year, the event was renamed the “Major Taylor Convention” and saw an increase in attendance to approximately 500 cyclists. Given the success of the first two gatherings, we anticipate the 2024 convention in Chicago will attract more than 1,500 cyclists, exploring the city’s significance in Major Taylor’s life and legacy.

Major Taylor

Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter to have ever lived. He was also the first African-American World Champion Cyclist, earning the title in 1899. Major Taylor’s legacy is the reason why Major Taylor Cycling clubs exist all over the world. In July 2021, the Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance, a 501(c)(3), was formed to bring the Major Taylor Cycling Club under a unified brand. We provide operational and programmatic guidance, support, and value to the Major Taylor Clubs.

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