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Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World




The first African American international sports superstar, Major Taylor broke racial barriers and became the fastest and most famous cyclist in the world–at the height of the Jim Crow era.  





Lynne Tolman, president of the Major Taylor Association, and Association board member Gina Bullock of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, will present an illustrated virtual talk about Major Taylor, “the Worcester Whirlwind.”

Learn the story of the 1899 world cycling champion’s remarkable life on and off the racetracks of the world at the turn of the 20th century, and how the legacy of this African American pioneer is shaping cycling and our cities today.

Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Due to the Zoom limit on participants, registration is now closed for this program.

The program will not be recorded, but we will discuss with the presenters the possibility of their offering the program again through another venue.

As a small public library, we have never had this level of interest in one of our online programs!

We are honored that so many have expressed an interest in learning more about the incredible life of Marshall "Major" Taylor.  You can visit the website of The Major Taylor Association at https://www.majortaylorassociation.org/ for more information.  Michael Kranish's book The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero, is another great way to learn his story -- available through your local library!

Lynne Tolman and Gina Bullock


Lynne Tolman is president of the Major Taylor Association, which aims to create a living memorial to Taylor by conducting good works in his name and educating people about his life and legacy.

Gina Bullock is a board member of the Association, and a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, which promotes cycling for health, recreation, transportation and competition and shares the history of Major Taylor.


Major Taylor Association




Wednesday, February 8
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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