Monday, February 4, 2008

Who was "Major" Taylor?

Apparently Feb is Black History month in the USA. It may interest you to know the first black American World Champion, of any sport was a cyclist. Marshall “Major” Taylor.

Not many people know the story of Major Taylor, the world one-mile track cycling champion in 1899. Taylor was the first Black American athlete to win a world championship in any sport, and overcame more than his share of racism en route to becoming one of the highest paid athletes of his day.

Major Taylor’s legacy continues in numerous ways, including historical organisations, cycling clubs, racing teams and The Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis.

You can find out more about Major Taylor here

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