100 years before lance armstrong became a famed american bicycle racer in what is considered a european sport another american rider amassed fame and glory on the bicycle racing tracks of the world marshall major taylor. Taylor moved to chicago in 1930 and boarded at a local ymca as he tried to sell copies of his self published autobiography the fastest bicycle rider in the world he died penniless in the . About the book major taylor the first african american world champion in any sport other than boxing he catapulted to international fame at a time when bicycle track racing was the most popular sport in america and beyond. from the fastest bicycle rider in the world major taylors autobiography a forgotten hero an essay by ken kifer on major taylors life neighborhood fought sports heros residency albert b southwick details one of major taylors many struggles against prejudice major taylor was much more than just a bicyclist
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