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    Obituary for a World Champion Cyclist

    A special section in today's New York Times, titled "Overlooked", revisits 168 years of the paper's history to provide obituaries for prominent black men and women who never got them. This one is for Major Taylor:

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...verlooked.html
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    Have been able to enjoy Major Taylor Velo in Indy

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanE View Post
    A special section in today's New York Times, titled "Overlooked", revisits 168 years of the paper's history to provide obituaries for prominent black men and women who never got them. This one is for Major Taylor:

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...verlooked.html
    More than just a champion, quite possibly the best cyclist ever.
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    Major Taylor made his name mostly on Columbia (??!!) shaft-drive bikes. Back in those days, "6 day races" were a very popular sport for gamblers, and winning cyclists could make a fortune. At the time, the highest-paid athletes were cyclists, boxers and rowers. Of course, he ran into prejudice and racism, ending up with him being charged for violating the Mann act, by bringing a white woman across state lines.
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    Rest in peace

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    Thanks for the link.

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    The Major Taylor Association, Inc.

    Every year they have the George St bike challenge here in Worcester. I'm really surprised he isn't more well known considering how much of a trail blazer he was.

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    Thank you for posting that! Awesome.
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