About Us

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.

Organized in 2008

The Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago invites you to join us on a variety of rides and events. Organized in 2008, we are a club made up of all ages, cycling disciplines, and cycling abilities. Active members enjoy riding together year-round in a relaxed and friendly group atmosphere. Our rides range from short, easy trips for beginners, to moderately-paced tours with snack breaks, to fast, challenging rides for the more competitive-minded. Volunteer club members organize group rides, leaving from various locations throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Their routes provide us a wonderful variety of places to tour and explore. Some months there are 20 or more rides to choose from! Rides can be anywhere from 10 to 100+ miles, with different degrees of difficulty and speed. Therefore, we grade rides by distance, speed, and terrain so you can choose the ones you will be comfortable with. Popular rides tend to be 25 to 50 miles, usually with a lunch or snack stop. Whether your focus is a fast, challenging ride or something more leisurely, come see what fun club riding can be. Our rides are free, and non-members are welcome to come to try us out.

Benefits of Membership

  • 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.

Charter Members

Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago appreciates the special financial and personal contributions of our Charter Members who helped launch our club. Thank you.

Beth Burns, Katrina Dawkins, Ed Dixon, DeWayne Ferris, Keith Holt, Charles Irven, Stan Jones, Robert Nathan, and a special thanks to lifetime member Jesse Williams.

 Lifetime Members

Brenda Dixon, Tina Turner, Anonymous, Jason Ward, Shawn Conley, and Darius LawDarius Lawrence.