The Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, established in 1999, is a nonprofit social/recreational club that promotes safe and fun cycling geared towards the African-American communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, although all are welcome to join us.
We achieve this through group riding events for cyclists of all ages and levels. The Club also seeks to educate the public about its namesake - legendary cyclist Major Taylor - who in 1899 became the first African-American world cycling champion.
The Club came into existence in 1999 when three Black women decided to bike the 500-mile Twin Cities-to-Chicago AIDS Ride which was taking place later that summer. Through existing friendships, four Black men who were so excited to see Black women stepping up to take on a ride of this magnitude offered to help the ladies prepare for the ride. In the midst of regular training rides over a few months, the group enjoyed the camaraderie and community that had been created. Once the women returned to Minnesota from completing the AIDS Ride, it was decided to form the Club after a 70-mile celebratory ride out to Stillwater, Minnesota. The foundation was laid that day and the name chosen to honor the 1899 world cycling champion. The Club is one of the older Black cycling clubs and is a founding member of the National Brotherhood of Cyclists, a grassroots organization started in 2008 by a group of African-American cycling clubs from around the country with 50+ clubs under its umbrella.
President - Louis Moore
Vice President - Dacia Durham
Secretary - Debra Stone
Treasurer - Pamela Moore
Chair, Membership Committee - Patrick Besanson
Chair, Publicity Committee - Seitu Jones
Chair, Ride Coordination - Walter Griffin
Chair, Special Events - Tammy McLemore
Equity Liaison - Bill Dooley
Jettie Ann Hill
Paul Norman *