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From the earliest velocipedes through the advent of the pneumatic tire to the rise of modern road and track competition, this comprehensive history of the sport of bicycle racing traces its role in the development of bicycle technology between 1868 and 1903. Providing detailed technical information along with biographies of racers and other important personalities, the author examines the Golden Age of the bicycle as a precursor to the automobile industry.
World Champion at 19. One of the first black athletes to become world champion in any sport. One mile record holder. American cycle sprint champion in 1898, 1899 and 1900. Triumphant tours of Europe and Australia. Victorious against all the European champions. This is the dramatic story of Marshall Walter 'Major' Taylor, a young black man who, against prodigious odds, rose to fame and stardom in the tempestuous world of international professional bicycling over a century ago.
This book presents a record of all the papers delivered by experts in cycle history from around the world at the 16th International Conference on Cycle History, held from 7-10th September 2005 in the City of Davis, America's premier cycling city. The conference covered the early days of bicycle technology, social cycling and cycle sport: Re-inventing the Wheel; The Cyclist-friendly Community; Bikeway Research; Annie Londonderry; High Peak Velocipede Club; Bicycle Transportation; Women's Cycling Attire 1890s; Great Bicycle Trust 1899-1903; Canadian Frontier; French Expansion, American Collapse 1890-1910; The Cycle on Display; Bicycle as Communications Medium; Across America; Women and Cycle Touring; Destination San Francisco; and, The Miller Collection. The annual Cycle History Conferences have established a firm reputation as a forum where academics, bicycle industry professionals and amateur historians alike can share and extend their knowledge and historical insights into the heritage of cycling. It is an essential volume for all libraries and collectors of cycle and transport history.
World champion at 19...One of the first black athletes to become world champion in any sport...1-mile record holder...American sprint champion in 1898, 1899, 1900...triumphant tours of Europe and Australia...Victories against all European champions...Until now a forgotten, shadowy figure, Marshall Walter Major Taylor is here revealed as one of the early sports world's most stylish, entertaining, and gentlemanly personalities. Born in 1878 in Indianapolis, the son of poor rural parents, Taylor worked in a bike shop until prominent bicycle racer Birdie Munger coached him for his first professional racing successes in 1896. Despite continuous bureaucratic-and, at times, physical-opposition, he won his first national championship two years later and became world champion in 1899 in Montreal. This beautifully illustrated, vividly narrated, and scrupulously researched biography recreates the life of a great international athlete at the turn of the century. Based on ten years of research-including extensive interviews with Major Taylor's 91-year old daughter-this is the dramatic story of a young black man who, against prodigious odds, rose to fame and stardom in the tempestuous world of international professional bicycle racing a century ago.