“It may seem hard to imagine now, when cycling is but a footnote on American sports pages except when the Tour de France unfolds, but there was a time when there was no bigger attraction than…bicycle track racing and there was no bigger star than…Major Taylor.
Taylor was dominant like Babe Ruth; he made racial history like Jackie Robinson.
He was a compact, extraordinarily fit man. At 5 feet 7 inches, with muscles sculpted from winters of workouts, he had perfected an aerodynamic stance on the bicycle in which his back was perfectly flat and his head barely tilted up.”
He would become world champion at the 1-mile distance, and in one six-week period in 1899, he would establish seven world records.
Marshall “Major” Taylor was one of the best known athletes of his time.
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