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Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame Paperback – April 26, 2016
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[Major Taylor’s] entire life story, deftly recited in all its drama by authors Conrad Kerber and Terry Kerber, is the stuff of legends . . .” Greg LeMond, from the foreword
". . . Meticulously researched and gracefully written. . . a wonderful ride through a lost world." MinnPost
An eloquently written story of a forgotten hero whose name should now become known worldwide. This meticulously researched narrative brings back the larger-than-life characters of this forgotten era, highlighting a sport and an athlete that became the daily obsession for millions of Americans, Europeans, and Australians. Major Taylor is a wonderful reading history of track racing in all its glory, trauma, suspense, and heartbreak.” Phil Liggett, NBC cycling commentator and The Voice of Cycling”
The Kerbers reenact turn-of-the-century events in captivating detail. The racing scenes are like none other in the annals of cycling authorship. It’s as if you are there, in the grandstands in 1901, feeling the gripping tension, smelling the saddle leather, seeing the strain of the riders’ every pedal stroke. Each breath of the racers becomes yours, charging toward the finish line and unprecedented fame.” Paul Sherwen, NBC cycling analyst and former pro cyclist
Major Taylor is so much more than just a story of a bicycle racer from long ago. It’s suspense-packed, page-turning nonfiction that feels like a novel.” Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times bestseller Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
The fact that the greatest living athlete in the world in 1907 was a bicyclist was enough to capture my attention. The dramatic storyand the heroic fablethat followed kept me turning pages. Major Taylor belongs in the pantheon of great bicycling literature.” Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Zones, and three-time cycling world record holder
Perhaps the most important book ever written about cycling in America. Before Magic, before Ali, before Jesse Owens there was Major Taylor. A person who was truly born to ride! This is a must read by anyone interested in the transcendent power of the bicycle as a vehicle of real freedom. Long may Major Taylor's legend live.”Bob Roll, NBC cycling analyst and former professional cyclist
About the Author
Greg LeMond is a former professional road racing cyclist. He is a two-time World Champion and winner of the Tour de France three times. He lives in Medina, Minnesota.
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Inspiring, sad, and real. Reads like a novel but is real life. Also you can see the kindness in others, the people that help him to push forward, without them he would have been another unfulfilled dream.
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for over a year. So glad I finally decided to read it!