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presented by Zipp

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM EST

Start Location: 300 block E. Michigan St.


Presented by:

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Team Nebo Ridge

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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 made possible in partnership with Zipp, CIBA, Team Nebo Ridge, Black Girls Do Bike, and the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Indiana. 

Ride Details & Features
  • Light refreshments offered at the start. 

  • This ride occurs on streets open to vehicular traffic. Participants are expected to obey all traffic laws and rules of the road.

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

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

2022 Routes

Short Route - 13 miles

Medium Route - 28 miles

Long Route - 62 miles

SAG Stops

SAG #1: Entrance of the Major Taylor Velodrome (all routes)

SAG #2: Creekside Middle School (62-mile route)


8:00 - 8:45 AM

Location: Parking lot on 400 block of Mass Ave (next to Moar Tea)


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

Schedule of Events

8:00 - 8:45 AM: Check-in

8:45 AM:  Pre-ride announcements

8:50 AM:  Rider staging

9:00 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) 

  • 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.

  • This ride occurs on streets open to vehicular traffic. 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.


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. 

Learn more about Major Taylor

Below is a compilation of books, articles, and resources that celebrate the life and achievements of Marshall "Major" Taylor. 

Major Taylor
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