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Major Taylor
Major Taylor

Major Taylor

"The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World"


208 Pages, 8.44 x 10.69

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781892495808

Rights: WOR

Van der Plas/Cycle Publishing (Sep 2017)

Price: $39.95


Updated trade paperback edition of previously released 2nd edition of same title. A well-researched and vivid account of the life and times of one of the first internationally acclaimed black athletes, Major Taylor, who was billed as "the fastest bicycle rider in the world" around the turn of the 20th century. Touches on his struggles in America as a black athlete and his recognition abroad. Illustrated throughout with period photographs.

Author Biography

Andrew Ritchie is a historian who specializes in the history of the bicycle and bicycle racing. When doing research for his first book, [i]King of the Road[/i], he became intrigued by the life and struggles of Major Taylor, the unjustly forgotten African-American bicycle racer who was once, literally, the fastest bicycle rider in the world.