The Black Cyclone: A Hero The World Forgot

By John Kennedy Howard & Rene Maurer
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The life story of Marshall Major Taylor, the world's first acclaimed African American athlete. Major Taylor endured countless examples of social injustice during his reign at the top of cycling's pyramid of success. It was an era when bike racing was bigger than baseball and the fledgling sports of football and basketball combined. Cyclists were the highest-paid athletes in any sport and our country had more than a hundred high-banked velodromes historically reminiscent of what NASCAR represents today.

Major Taylor was the world's best-known African American in any endeavor. He was also the first openly Christian athlete whose strength of body, mind, and spirit inspired others, black and white, with his extraordinary athletic achievement. His moral impact and the lessons Major imparted 120 years ago are equally relevant today.

About the Authors

John Kennedy Howard has held world records at both ends of the spectrum of madness; speed and endurance. He is a 3-time Olympian and coached many national and international champions from Olympic gold medal fame to the grueling Race Across America. A cycling journalist, Howard has five book titles and hundreds of articles spanning every facet of cycling.

A native San Diegan, Rene has lived in San Diego County for most of her life. She graduated from California State University San Marcos with a BS degree in Chemistry and worked as a research scientist for a manufacturing company. She developed a love for writing and the research needed to tell a factual and compelling story. Writing about Marshall Walter Taylor, the challenges he faced as an African American during a racially-challenged era, and the people he encountered during his life’s journey was an enjoyable and challenging experience.

Published: 2005
Page Count: 32