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Major Taylor : the inspiring story of a black cyclist and the men who helped him achieve worldwide fame
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9781628736618
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xii, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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"In the wake of the Tour de France's fallen heroes, the story of one of history's most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world's most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major" Taylor. In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era. When hotel and restaurant operators denied Taylor food and lodgings, forcing him to sleep in horse stables and to race hungry, there was a benevolent racer-turned-trainer named Birdie Munger, who took Taylor under his wing and into his home. Then along came Arthur Zimmerman, an internationally famous bike racer, who gently mentored Taylor when some riders drew the color line and refused to race against him. Taylor's manager, pugnacious Irishman and famed Broadway producer William Brady, stood up for him when track owners tried barring him from competition. From the Old World came a rakishly handsome, mustachioed sports promoter named Victor Breyer, who lured Taylor overseas for a dramatic, Seabiscuit versus War Admiral-like match race that would be widely remembered a quarter century later"--Jacket.
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In the wake of the Tour de France's fallen heroes, the story of one of history's most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world's most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named "Major" Taylor.

In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over unspeakable cruelty. The men who aided him were among the most colorful to emerge from the era. When hotel and restaurant operators denied Taylor food and lodgings, forcing him to sleep in horse stables and to race hungry, there was a benevolent racer-turned-trainer named Birdie Munger, who took Taylor under his wing and into his home. Then along came Arthur Zimmerman, an internationally famous bike racer, who gently mentored Taylor when some riders drew the color line and refused to race against him. Taylor's manager, pugnacious Irishman and famed Broadway producer William Brady, stood up for him when track owners tried barring him from competition. From the Old World came a rakishly handsome, mustachioed sports promoter named Victor Breyer, who lured Taylor overseas for a dramatic, Seabiscuit versus War Admiral-like match race that would be widely remembered a quarter century later.

With a foreword by World Champion and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, this spellbinding saga of fortitude, grace, forgiveness, and a man's unyielding will to win against the greatest of odds is sure to become a classic that will be enjoyed by everyone.

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Author Notes

Conrad Kerber is a senior partner in a suburban Minneapolis investment firm for which he is in charge of writing, customer communications, and broker supervision. He lives in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Terry Kerber is a senior partner in an investment firm for which he is in charge of client wealth management. He lives in Deephaven, Minnesota.


Table of Contents

Greg LeMond
Forewordp. ix
Prologuep. xi
Part I
Chapter 1 The War between Wheelmen and Horsemenp. 3
Chapter 2 Zimmie and the Birdmanp. 13
Chapter 3 All that Remained of a Black Desperadop. 27
Chapter 4 Prisoners in a Golden Cagep. 41
Chapter 5 Utopiap. 57
Chapter 6 The Fighting Showman from the Westp. 71
Part II
Chapter 7 Six Days of Madnessp. 83
Chapter 8 Black and white, Darkness and Lightp. 99
Chapter 9 Guiding Lightp. 119
Chapter 10 The Boys Would Gladly Make Him Whitep. 135
Chapter 11 The Weight of the Worldp. 151
Chapter 12 Under the Cycle Moonp. 171
Chapter 13 And Then There Were Nonep. 181
Chapter 14 Edmond Jacquelinp. 195
Chapter 15 "The Messiah"p. 207
Chapter 16 The First World Warp. 227
Chapter 17 The Second World Warp. 235
Chapter 18 The Last Black Face in Americap. 245
Chapter 19 Royal Honeymoonp. 261
Part III
Chapter 20 Going Down Underp. 279
Chapter 21 Lazarusp. 299
Chapter 22 My Darling Wife, I Want to Come Homep. 309
Chapter 23 Humilityp. 319
Epiloguep. 329
Acknowledgmentsp. 339
Notesp. 345
Indexp. 413