Major Taylor: World Champion zine cover

Major Taylor: World Champion

by Fred Noland

"Hey Lance!" is something people shout at Fred a lot as he bikes down the road. He would much prefer to be compared to his cycling hero, Major Taylor, who was one of the first world famous superstar athletes in any sport. In the 1890s, he was the fastest man in the world on a bicycle, setting multiple world records for speed and wowing crowds with his graceful tricks. But he was harassed on and off the velodrome in the US because of his race, so he moved to Europe where being black was more accepted and his success, racing rivalries, and gentlemanlike character made him widely loved and appreciated. This comic tells his story.