Welcome to Major Taylor Memphis cycling Club

 Marshall "Major" Taylor was an America track cyclist who began his amateur career while he was still a teenager in Indianapolis, Indiana. He became a professional racer in 1896, at the age of 18, and won the sprint event at the 1899 world track championships in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to become the first African American to achieve the level of world champion and the second black athlete to win a world championship in any sport. Taylor also set numerous world records in the sprint discipline in race distances ranging from the quarter-mile (0.4 km) to the two-mile (3.2 km). Taylor was an American sprint champion in 1899 and 1900, and completed races in the U.S., Europe and Australasia. He retired in 1910, at the age of 32, to his home in Worcester, Massachusetts.


In 1928, Taylor self-published his autobiography, The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World, but severe financial difficulties forced him into poverty. He spent the final two years of his life in Chicago, Illinois, where he died in 1932. Throughout his athletic career Taylor challenged the racial prejudice he encountered on and off the velodrome and became a pioneering role model for other athletes facing racial discrimination. Taylor was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1989. Other tributes include memorials and historic markers in Indianapolis, Worcester, and at his gravesite in Chicago. Several cycling clubs, trails, and events in the U.S. have been named in his honor, as well as the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis and Major Taylor Boulevard in Worcester. 

 

Major taylor memphis new riders

Major Taylor Memphis wants to help with your cycling endeavors. We are committed to

helping you learn and gain confidence in riding no matter your current level of expertise. It

does not matter the type of bike you are riding, we will be there to support you. Below is a list of group rides that are excellent for beginning riders:


Cameron-Brown Park Ride Easy – Monday nights

8628 Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139

Meet in the parking lot near the tennis courts

5:45 pm - ride instructions and safety updates


6:00 pm – ride start time

There will be two groups


Easy Plus Riders going about 18 mile at 12 - 14 mph*

Easy Group going about 12 miles at ~10 mph*


Major Taylor Easy Ride

8628 Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139

On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays

Meet in the parking lot near the tennis courts

5:45 pm - ride instructions and safety updates


6:00 pm – ride start time

The ride is about 10 miles at 12-14 mph*


Major Taylor Saturday Rides

Meet in the SuperLo parking lot

4744 Spottswood, Memphis, TN 38117

7:00 am – ride instructions and safety updates

7:15 or 7:30 – ride time for the beginner group

The ride is about 14-15 miles to Stax and back

Average ride speed between 12 -14 mph*

*Ride speed will vary depending on the needs of the group

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team Members highlights and achievements

JARED JOHNSON

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Wheel and Sprocket 

Feature Article

YOLANDA WHITE

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MTM Cycling Club would like to congratulate  team member Yolanda White on her accomplishment!!!

TOM JACKSON

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MTM Cycling Club would like to congratulate team member Tom Jackson on complelting The Grand Fondo World Series Cheaha Challenge!!! 

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