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Offline mbrowne

Major Tayor Cycling Club
« on: June 27, 2005, 11:56:01 pm »
Greetings -
Just wanted to post something that our friends in Massachusetts are doing:

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2005
   Meet at George & Main streets, wearing work gloves, to help the Seven
Hills Wheelmen get the street and sidewalks spruced up for the GEORGE
STREET BIKE CHALLENGE for MAJOR TAYLOR. If you can, bring a broom,
clippers, rake, shovel, cordless weedwhacker, etc. We'll pick up litter,
cut weeds, and sweep up debris. Each volunteer gets a thank-you gift. RSVP
to, or just show up. If you want, bring your bike for
practice pedaling up the hill.

The race is July 10 -- less than two weeks away. Register now:

The raffle prize list has grown. Get your tickets online now:

"Steepest Hills of Worcester" practice ride:

Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen present:

the fourth annual
... an uphill time trial ...

Sunday, July 10, 2005
10:00 a.m.
Main & George streets
downtown Worcester, Mass.

See how fast you can pedal up one of Worcester's steepest hills, a 500-foot
quad-buster where "the Worcester Whirlwind," 1899 world cycling champion
Major Taylor, used to train. The average grade is 18 percent.

Open to ages 12 and up.
Entry fee $15.
Helmets required.
One rider at a time against the clock.


Race-day registration: 8:30-9:45 a.m.
First rider starts at 10:00 sharp.
Medals will be awarded in various age categories, plus NEW THIS YEAR:
tandem category!

Free entry for Worcester YMCA youth team (boys and girls, ages 12-17) --
sign up with Xavier Johnson at the Y, 508-753-7969, or Pete Howard at
Barney's Bicycle, 508-799-BIKE. Coaching/training by Pete is included, plus
use of Barney's bikes & helmets for kids who don't have their own.

Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc., which plans to build a
statue of Taylor at the Worcester Public Library in Salem Square -- the
city's first monument to an African-American.

Win a Diamondback Century road bike from Barney's, or $500 to spend at
Rotmans furniture & carpet store, or other cool stuff. Prize list and tickets:
You can order raffle tickets online or by mail: $5 per chance, or three for
$12, or six for $20. Prize drawing will be approximately 1:00 p.m. July 10,
at the conclusion of the George Street Bike Challenge. You do NOT have to
be present to win.

WHO WAS MAJOR TAYLOR? Marshall W. "Major" Taylor (1878-1932) of Worcester
was the world's first black sports superstar. Known as "the Worcester
Whirlwind" and "the colored cyclone," he was world cycling champion in
1899, American sprint champion in 1900, and broke numerous track cycling
records, at a time when cycling was more popular than baseball. He was the
second black world champion in any sport (after bantamweight boxer George
Dixon in 1891). He had to fight Jim Crow prejudice just to get on the
starting line, and he faced closed doors and open hostility with dignity.
The Major Taylor Association is dedicated to honoring his athletic
achievements and strength of character -- sportsmanship, devotion to God,
caring for those less fortunate, and personal struggle for equality.

More information:
Barney's Bicycle, 508-799-BIKE

Whirlwind Sponsor: Puma
Pacesetter Sponsor: Standard Auto
Media sponsors: Worcester Telegram & Gazette; WSRS-FM Lite Rock 96.1;

Offline mbrowne

Major Tayor Cycling Club
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005, 02:41:36 pm »
A piece about Major Taylor and Sunday's George Street Bike Challenge will
be broadcast nationwide today on National Public Radio's "News and Notes
with Ed Gordon." You can get the streaming audio from anywhere after
approx. 1:00 p.m. Eastern time from NPR's web site:

Or listen live from anywhere at 9:00 a.m. on WAER in Syracuse:
When you first reach the WAER page you'll hear "Thanks for listening to
Jazz 88..." but that's not the webcast, that's just a sound clip on the web
page. You have to "Click here to listen to WAER Live with Real One Player."

You can also listen live from anywhere at 10 a.m. EDT on KXJZ Sacramento: