Saturday, September 11, 2021
Downtown Indianapolis

Celebrate the life of Major Taylor

Come ride with us in honor of the life of Indianapolis native and African-American world champion cyclist, Marshall “Major” Taylor.  We welcome people of all ages, skills, and levels of ability to join us for this FUN, FREE community ride to and from the Indy Cycloplex, Home of the Major Taylor Velodrome. 


This ride offers three marked routes (14 mi, 30 mi, and 50 mi) on streets open to vehicular traffic, and includes a 1-mile parade lap on the closed IU Health Indy Crit race course. All routes loop back to the IU Health Indy Crit, where complimentary bicycle parking is available all day so that you can stay and enjoy the festivities. 

This ride is led and organized by our friends at CIBA and Team Nebo Ridge. Please thank them for organizing one of the largest CIBA weekend rides of the season. A true celebration of bicycling in our great city!

Cost - Free

Routes & Maps

RideWithGPS routes:

14-miles | 30-miles | 50-miles


Riders may choose to stop at the Major Taylor Velodrome for light snacks and refreshments before returning downtown to Monument Circle or continuing on their ride if choosing one of the distance routes. 

Ride Check-In

Onsite Registration & Check-In: 7:30-8:45AM

Location: W. Ohio St. between Meridian/Illinois


Pre-registering for the ride in advance is highly encouraged; however, participants may also register the day of the ride on your smart phone. All registration check-in will be contactless. 

Start Time & Location

Time TBA:  Rider staging and pre-ride announcements

Time TBA:  Ride start on Meridian St. at Start/Finish line

What to Bring

​Here is a list of suggested items to bring with you for your best ride experience.

  • Mask (REQUIRED while not riding)

  • Bicycle (REQUIRED) 

  • Helmet (REQUIRED) 

  • Saddle pack, including tire levers, pump/CO2, extra tubes, puncture repair kit, multi-tool

  • Water bottle, extra hydration and/or energy bar

  • Sunscreen

  • Mobile phone

  • Identification and emergency contact info (drivers license, ID card, Road ID, etc.)

Need a bicycle for the ride? Check out the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare rental options by the hour at sites around the city.

Ride Rules & Etiquette 
  • Helmets are required on the ride.

  • Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

  • All participants must be on bicycles. No runners, pedestrians or scooters please.

  • Please obey all traffic laws as they pertain to bicyclists. If you see that a traffic signal is going to turn red, please stop and call out "stopping" for the other riders.

  • Please be courteous to motorists and to each other at all times. When passing others on a road or trail, always let other riders and pedestrians know you are there by calling out "on your right" or "on your left."

  • Please refer to the CIBA website for the full list of ride guidelines.


We've got you covered!  Check out our event parking options here.​

About Marshall "Major" Taylor

Marshall “Major” Taylor (b.1878- d.1932) was a world-class, African American bicycle racer once known as the “World’s Fastest Man.” As an athlete, Taylor had a gunpowder sprint, fast and powerful, that transformed races within sight of the finish line and delighted audiences on three continents at a time when bicycling racing ranked as one of the world’s most popular sports.

Indianapolis native Marshall “Major” Taylor is an inspiration and model for today, not only for his athletic achievements in the face of unrelenting racism, but also because of his integrity, generosity of spirit, concern for others, and invaluable contribution to America’s non-violent struggle for equality. If you are interested in learning more about the life of Major Taylor, please refer to our Resources section at the bottom of this page.

"In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail."

- Marshall "Major" Taylor

Interested in learning about the life of Major Taylor? 

We have created a compilation of books, articles, and resources that celebrate the life and achievements of Marshall "Major" Taylor. 

Marshall "Major" Taylor
Marshall "Major" Taylor

From the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Happy riders!
Happy riders!

Marshall "Major" Taylor
Marshall "Major" Taylor

From the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Marshall "Major" Taylor
Marshall "Major" Taylor

From the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites