2021 marks the 122nd anniversary of Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor winning the 1899 world championships in Montreal, Canada. Taylor won the one-mile sprint, to become the first African American to win a world championship in cycling and was our nation's first African American sports hero.
The Major Taylor Trail Keepers bicycle ride in Chicago and its southern suburbs featured a revitalized stretch of the Major Taylor Trail and serves as a fundraiser for the trail's upkeep. With options of 5, 26, 30, 44, 50, 64 or 89 miles, the ride had something for everyone.
Choose from ride options of 5, 26, 30, 44, 50, 64, or 89 miles -- mix and match your choice of five segments to customize your experience. Registration and check in is from 7-7:30. A tribute to Major Taylor and special presentation is from 7:30-7:55am. All rides start at 8:00 a.m. in the heart of Chicago's far South Side, at Morgan Park Commons, 115th Street and the Major Taylor Trail. All riders follow the Major Taylor Trail south and take the Little Calumet River Bridge -- featuring the largest Major Taylor mural ever created -- into Whistler Woods. From Whistler Woods there are two route options, one to Lake Katherine via the scenic Cal-Sag Trail, and another to Lansing Woods. From those destinations there are further options: a loop from Lake Katherine to Sag Quarries, and a loop from Lansing Woods to the Major Taylor gravesite in Glenwood. Combining all the options adds up to 88.6 miles and includes three rest stops, at Whistler Woods, Lake Katherine, and Lansing Woods.