The Black Cyclone


In keeping with the theme of cycling, I was just “tagged” on Facebook by fellow cyclist and ED of Richmond Spokes, Brian Drayton in the following photos:

The photos are of Marshall “Major” Taylor, which were a pleasant surprise, as I had no idea that he even existed!

More about this man’s life can be found here and here. But basically, he was a turn of the century record breaker in cycling who also broke through the lines of discrimination.

But the most poignant reason to share these images, is that they are yet another reminder that African American engagement with outdoor activities is not at all new.

What is your family history involving bike riding?


One Thought on “The Black Cyclone”

  • I’ll start appreciating “The Major Taylor Velodrome” more…as I pass it at least on a weekly basis here in Indianapolis.

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