Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (BHM)

In recognition of Black History Month, Sirius Cycles will be featuring cyclists of color for the month of February. We have been, for a couple of years now, posting cyclists of color that have achieved great feats, including those folks that continue to influence us. We also encourage you, the reader, to submit any cyclist of color that you feel is relevant and we will try and feature them this month.
We’ll start off with one of the greatest, if not the greatest…


Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (26 November, 1878 – 21 June, 1932) was an African-American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.

While a motion picture entitled ‘Major: The Movie’ is/was in the works, there is indication at this time that it is still in motion. More info at

Taylor and Walker
Taylor in Sydney in 1903 with Don Walker, the Australian champion.
Major on the boards.
Major on the boards.
Paris 1901

If any of you have information on other cyclists of color, please Contact Us with any information to Sirius Cycles and we will get them out for the others to view.