Publisher description for Major Taylor, champion cyclist / by Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by James E. Ransome.


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Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, folks were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy in 1891 could be such a crackerjack cyclist.

How little Marshall Taylor -- through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed -- transformed himself into the extraordinary Major Taylor is chronicled in this inspiring biography. Here is the story of a kid who turned pro at the age of eighteen, went on to win the world championship title just three years later, and battled racism and the odds to become a true American hero.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Taylor, Major, 1878-1932, Cyclists Biography Juvenile literature, African American cyclists Biography Juvenile literature, Bicyclists, African Americans Biography