Worcester Public Library to Host Major Taylor World Champion Program
Friday, July 15, 2016
Taylor won the world one mile track cycling championship in 1899. During his career, he set a number of world records, all while working to overcome racial discrimination.
Taylor moved to Worcester in 1896 after he was banned from bicycle racing in Indiana. He was the first African-American cyclist to achieve world champion status, and the second black man to become a world champion in any sport.
Estevez emigrated to Worcester front he Dominican Republic as a child. He began his professional cycling career as a teenager, earning a scholarship to attend college.
After 2 years of professional and collegiate cycling he took a step back from racing, finishing college, and starting his own business.
After a 6 year hiatus, Estevez returned to the cycling field in 2016.
Major Taylor Association
The Major Taylor Association will also invite families to the George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor, which takes place on July 24.
The event brings young and old out to see how fast they can pedal up George Street, a steep hill in downtown Worcester that was also the training ground for the 1899 world champion Major Taylor.
The Major Taylor World Champion program is part of the Summer Reading Program at the Worcester Public Library. The theme for this year's program is "Wellness, Fitness, and Sports."
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