Major Taylor ride rolls out Saturday morning

If you’re looking for a place to ride Saturday morning, head down to Welcome Stadium for the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Dayton’s Signature Ride.

Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor circe 1900

Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor circa 1900

The eighth-annual ride offers adult rides of about 64, 32 and 18 miles on streets and country roads, described as flat to rolling hills, as well as a family fun ride of 5 to 10 miles on the Great Miami Recreational Trail.

The cost, for those who haven’t already registered, is $25 for adults, and $5 per person for the Family Fun ride. Proceeds will go to First Dayton Little League.

“Every year we pick a charity and raise money for it,” said club president Marc Harris

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and continues to 9:30, the latest that riders can start the ride.

Food stops will be provided along the routes. The longest ride will have four snack stops, Harris said, and the 32-mile ride will have at least two. Then there will be more food, as well club T shirts for sale back at Welcome Stadium.

“We normally have a cookout there,” Harris said. “So everybody who registered is welcome to turkey burgers and turkey dogs and veggie burgers and things that we’ll make.”

The club is named after Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, who won the world 1-mile track cycling championship in 1899. He was the first black athlete to achieve the title of world champion.

Ken McCall is the database reporter for the Dayton Daily News and an avid cyclist. He is a member of Bike Miami Valley, where he serves as co-chairman of the Regional Advocacy Committee; the Dayton Cycling Club; the Ohio Bike Federation; and the League of American Bicyclists. If you have any story ideas or bike news, contact him at or call (937) 225-2393.

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