Major Taylor Community Ride


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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. 


Who is 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.

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

- Marshall "Major" Taylor


Cost - Free


Route Options & Maps

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Riders will stop at the Major Taylor Velodrome for light snacks and refreshments before returning downtown to Monument Circle. 

Check-In & Ride Info

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

Location: W. Ohio St. between Meridian/Illinois


Pre-registering in advance will expedite your check-in process at the event; however, onsite registration is also available. Please arrive NO LATER than 8:30AM to check in and sign the ride waiver. If you have already pre-registered online, simply pull up your registration confirmation on your smart phone and we will check you in. 

CIBA and the Indy Crit will provide CLIF bars, Gatorade and water at Check-In but riders are always encouraged to bring additional hydration and energy (gels, fruit, etc.) if needed. 

Start Time & Location

8:45AM:  Rider staging and pre-ride announcements

9:00AM:  Ride start on Meridian St. at Start/Finish line


What to Bring
  • Bicycle

  • Helmet (REQUIRED)

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen

Riders who either don’t have a bicycle or might not have capacity to transport one to the ride might try Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Bicycles which are available for rent from several bicycle docking stations in the downtown area. Locations of docking stations may be accessed at

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.


Parking Options

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

Shower Facilities

Need to freshen up after you ride so that you can stay downtown and enjoy the festivities? No problem! Showering facilities are available at two of our downtown YMCA branches:

YMCA Athenaeum open: Saturday 7:00am - 7:00pm

YMCA City Market open: Saturday 7:00am - 1:00pm 

From the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

From the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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