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Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Andrew Ritchie

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Book Description

Oct. 10 2009
100 years before Lance Armstrong became a famed American bicycle racer in what is considered a "European" sport, another American rider amassed fame and glory on the bicycle racing tracks of the world: Marshall "Major" Taylor. The first African-American sportsman outside boxing to become internationally famous, Taylor's life story is one of the most fascinating stories ever told about any athlete--white or black.This illustrated edition is fully updated and expanded and illustrated throughout with over 100 high-quality duotone photographs.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Van der Plas/Cycle Publishing; 2nd edition (Oct. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892495651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892495655
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #745,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Ritchie is a historian who specializes in the history of the bicycle and bicycle racing. When doing research for his first book, [i]King of the Road[/i], he became intrigued by the life and struggles of Major Taylor, the unjustly forgotten African-American bicycle racer who was once, literally, "the fastest bicycle rider in the world."

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any sports history collection or for collections focusing on exceptional African Americans Dec 13 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World" tells the story of the first black American man to win a title in a sport besides boxing. Though unknown to many Americans, Major Taylor became a cycling legend, and where cycling is popular, his name is still known. A vivid picture of cycling, "Major Taylor" is a must for any sports history collection or for collections focusing on exceptional African Americans.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Feb. 12 2014
By Gina Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Would recommend to all cyclists and anyone interested in knowing about the life of an African American cyclist from this time period

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