|Marshall "Major" Taylor's exploits on the bicycle tracks of three continents are legend. From 1898 to 1904 he was indeed the fastest bicycle rider in the world. In 1899 he set seven world records -- in the quarter-mile, the one-third-mile, the half-mile, the two-thirds-mile, the three-quarter-mile, the mile and the two-mile. He did the mile (from a standing start) in 1.41, a record that stood for 28 years. He did the "paced" mile (behind a five-man windbreaker bike) in 1.31 and in 1.22 behind a motorcycle pacer. He also raced and won in the longer meets -- two-mile, five-mile, etc. He even once competed in a grueling six-day race at Madison Square Garden and came in eighth, having logged 1,732 miles over the 142 hours of competition. Read more... |
|Nelson Veals - First African American cyclist to win an Olympic medal in bicycling in the 1984 Track Sprint; Gold Medalist in the 1983 Pan American Games, 1984 National Sprint Champion, National Tandem Sprint Champion in 1984, and 1985 & 1986 and 1985 silver medalist in the Tandem Sprint at the World Championships; Starred with Kevin Bacon in “Quicksilver” a movie about NYC bike messengers; Cycling television network commentator. Read more...
| The National Brotherhood of Cyclists (NBC) was founded on March 29th 2008 by a group of grass roots cycling clubs from around the country made up of African American Cyclists. This group felt a national organization was needed to: promote a love of cycling, increase the sports diversity and decrease the health disparities that effect their community and other communities around the country by bring attention to the health benefits of cycling. Read more... |
| Many people claim credit for inventing the first bicycle. The answer to the question often depends upon the nationality of who you ask; the French claim it was a Frenchman, Scots claim a Scotsman, the English an Englishman, and Americans often claim that it was an American. Read more...