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Promoting fellowship, fitness, & fun in Chicagoland

Since 2008

Fellowship, Fitness, & Fun

The Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago (MTC3) is dedicated to promoting fitness, fellowship and fun while fostering a sense of community among cyclists, and honoring the legacy of Marshall “Major” Taylor. We organize hundreds of group rides, events, and activities related to cycling annually. See more about us.

MTC3 is a cycling club based in Chicago, named after Marshall “Major” Taylor. Marshall Taylor was an African-American cyclist who became a world champion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He faced racial discrimination during his career but still achieved significant success in the cycling world.

Major Taylor Chicago Cycling Club Mission Statement

The mission of the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago (MTC3) is to promote good health by supporting recreational and social cycling activities in the community. Our membership is open to all, regardless of race, creed, or skill level. We are dedicated to safe and enjoyable cycling, with rides offered for all ages and abilities. We do this with inspiration from our namesake, Marshall “Major” Taylor, who in 1899, became the 1st African-American world champion in cycling.

School is in session Whether you’re brand new to cycling or looking to brush up on the basics, this is the perfect place to start your journey. Our goal is to make cycling accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and our beginner-friendly resources are designed to guide you every step of the way. From learning how to choose the right bike to mastering essential riding techniques, we’re here to support you as you embark on your cycling adventure. Let’s ride together and discover the joy of cycling with Major Taylor Chicago!

Upcoming Rides, Meetings and Events

Membership Benefits

  • Participation in all scheduled rides, with ride leaders who map out special routes and ride “sweepers” for anyone who might need help along the way.
  • Participation in all social activities planned by the club.
  • Informative list services to keep you up to date on rides, activities, and cycling topics of interest.
  • Ability to purchase club apparel at a discounted rate.
  • Training clinics during the year.
  • Ride insurance included in all scheduled rides.
  • Volunteer opportunities.
  • Bicycling advocacy and education
  • Explore the many bike trails in our region.