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HONOR MAJOR TAYLOR RIDE

Saturday, September 11, 2021
10:00 AM
Monument Circle

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Sponsored by:
Zwift
Buckingham-Foundation
Team Nebo Ridge
Resultant
CICF
Dinsmore
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Organized by:
Momentum Indy
Central Indiana Bicycling Association
Team Nebo Ridge
Bike Indianapolis
Major Taylor Club
Black-Girls-Do-Bike
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Celebrate the life of Major Taylor

Come ride with us in honor of the life of Indianapolis native and African-American world champion cyclist, Marshall “Major” Taylor.  People of all ages, skills, and levels of ability are welcome to join us for this FUN, FREE community ride. This ride is led and organized by our friends at CIBA, Bike Indianapolis, Team Nebo Ridge, Black Girls Do Bike, and the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Indiana. 

Ride Details & Features
  • The ride will start on Monument Circle and proceed through a portion of the IU Health Indy Crit race course. 

  • Light refreshments will be offered at the start including bananas, water, and Gatorade. 

  • This ride occurs on streets open to vehicular traffic. 

  • All mileage distances will go past the new Major Taylor mural on E. Washington St. 

  • The short route will stop at the Major Taylor Velodrome where participants can take selfies in front of the Major Taylor photo and check out the USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals at the velodrome. 

  • A SAG rest stop will be offered for the long route participants at Creekside Middle School. 

  • All routes will return to the IU Health Indy Crit at University Park.

  • Complimentary, secure bicycle parking will be available throughout the event so riders can stay and and enjoy the festivities.

2021 Routes

Short Route - 12 miles

Medium Route - 28 miles

Long Route - 62 miles (metric century)

Refreshments

Riders may choose to stop at the Major Taylor Velodrome for light snacks and refreshments before returning downtown to Monument Circle or continuing on their ride if choosing one of the distance routes. 

Check-In

8:00-9:30 AM: Rider Check-In 

Location: North side of Monument Circle - 1 Monument Circle

 

Pre-registering for the ride in advance is highly encouraged; however, participants may also register the day of the ride on your smart phone. All registration check-in will be contactless. 

Time & Location

9:30 - 9:45 AM:  Pre-ride announcements

9:45 - 9:55 AM:  Rider staging

10:00 AM:  Ride start

What to Bring

​Please find below our list of helpful requirements and suggestions for your best ride experience.

  • Bicycle (Required)

  • Helmet (Required) 

  • Mask, if not vaccinated

  • Water bottle, extra hydration, and/or energy bar for during or after your ride.

  • Saddle pack, including tire levers, pump/CO2, extra tubes, puncture repair kit, multi-tool

  • Sunscreen

  • Mobile phone (suggested)

  • Identification and emergency contact info (drivers license, ID card, Road ID, etc.)

Need a bicycle for the ride? Check out the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare rental options by the hour at sites around the city.

Ride Rules & Etiquette 
  • Helmets are required on the ride.

  • Children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

  • All participants must be on bicycles. No runners, pedestrians, pets, or scooters please.

  • Please obey all traffic laws as they pertain to bicyclists. If you see that a traffic signal is going to turn red, please stop and call out "stopping" for the other riders.

  • Please be courteous to motorists and to each other at all times. When passing others on a road or trail, always let other riders and pedestrians know you are there by calling out "on your right" or "on your left."

  • Please refer to the CIBA website for the full list of ride guidelines.

Parking 

We've got you covered!  Check out our event parking options here.​

About Marshall "Major" Taylor

Marshall “Major” Taylor (b.1878- d.1932) was a world-class, African American bicycle racer once known as the “World’s Fastest Man.” As an athlete, Taylor had a gunpowder sprint, fast and powerful, that transformed races within sight of the finish line and delighted audiences on three continents at a time when bicycling racing ranked as one of the world’s most popular sports.

Indianapolis native Marshall “Major” Taylor is an inspiration and model for today, not only for his athletic achievements in the face of unrelenting racism, but also because of his integrity, generosity of spirit, concern for others, and invaluable contribution to America’s non-violent struggle for equality. If you are interested in learning more about the life of Major Taylor, please refer to our Resources section at the bottom of this page.

"In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail."

- Marshall "Major" Taylor

About the Major Taylor Mural

The Major Taylor mural, produced by Shawn Michael Warren, is the first of the Bicentennial Legends portrait murals, a project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with the Major Taylor Coalition, an informal group of Central Indiana residents who are passionate about seeing Taylor honored in his hometown of Indianapolis. 

Interested in learning about the life of Major Taylor? 

We have created a compilation of books, articles, and resources that celebrate the life and achievements of Marshall "Major" Taylor.