Major Taylor Cycling Club San Diego and WorldBeat Center are honoring Juneteenth and Major Taylor with a bike ride and celebration. The club is hosting its annual freedom ride and will be riding a 54-mile course around San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, and Coronado Island.
The celebration will also continue indoors and outdoors 1-5PM with information booths, a children's bike rodeo led by the San Diego Bike Coalition, live music and a special opening to WorldBeat Center's new exhibit Pathways to Freedom.
Juneteenth Freedom Ride received a GO by BIKE Mini-Grant from SANDAG as part of National Bike Month efforts to encourage biking as an everyday transportation choice.
Kick-Off 7:30AM from WorldBeat Center
Juneteeth Concert Celebration 1PM-5PM
Route will be using Coronado Ferry (tickets $7)
You can view the route on the Ride with GPS website. For more information, contact MTCCSD via email at email@example.com.
About Major Taylor
American bicycle racer Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (1878-1932) was the world’s first black sports superstar. He was world cycling champion in 1899, American sprint champion in 1900, and set numerous track cycling records. Nicknamed “Major” in his youth in Indianapolis and later known as “the Worcester Whirlwind” after his adopted hometown in Massachusetts, he was the second African-American world champion in any sport (after Canadian-born bantamweight boxer George Dixon of Boston won his title in 1891). In the Jim Crow era of strict racial segregation, Taylor had to fight prejudice just to get on the starting line. He faced closed doors and open hostility with remarkable dignity. In his retirement he wrote his autobiography, “The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World.”
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