About the Major Taylor Convention, formerly the 
Major Taylor Invitational

Come and Ride With Us!

Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor was the first African American World Champion Cyclist who has been lost in history. In 1979, the first Major Taylor cycling club was formed in Columbus, Ohio. Twenty-one years ago, the Major Taylor cycling club invited the Metro Atlanta cycling club to join them for a three-day cycling excursion in the Smoky Mountains. That was the beginning of the Major Taylor Mountain Summit. 

Major Taylor Cycling has grown in the past 44 years to an estimated 90 clubs worldwide. The 2022 Major Taylor Invitational was the first major gathering of Major Taylor clubs. In 2023, The Invitational was renamed the Major Taylor Convention. It has been created to bring Major Taylor clubs worldwide for three days of riding, educational seminars, health and wellness, and fellowship. We ride in the tradition of the Mountain Summit without all the hills. The Convention also allows leadership and membership to share ideas and resources to grow the Major Taylor brand.

The Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance Board

                                The Major Taylor GOATS - Major Taylor Columbus, Ohio Est. 1979

Convention Hotel

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 

is the
2024 MTICA Convention Host Hotel

Make Your Reservations Here for a Room Discount.

If you have any inquiries about accommodations, please feel free to send an email to MTICA for further information.

Convention Registration

  • A portion of your registration fee will support a young cyclist attending the convention, as MTICA aims to promote cycling among youths.
    Please donate to the Major Taylor Kids Youth Program!

    The event registration fee includes the following!
    1. SWAG Bag (Event ID wristband, T-Shirt, and Medal)

    Friday, June 21, 2024
    2. Friday Afternoon Pre-Ride
    Supported 15 - 30 miles warm-up Rides!
    Ride the Major Taylor Trail!
    Visit the 400 ft Major Taylor Trail Mural
    Downloadable route maps from RidewithGPS.com

    3. Friday Evening Touring Ride of Historical Bronzeville
    Great Migration Statue, Ida B. Wells Statue, and other
    historical sites.
    Downloadable route maps from RidewithGPS.com
    Various Food Trucks (more details to come)
    Vendor Expo.

    4. Enjoy the longest day of summer in Chicago!

    Saturday, June 22, 2024 - Scheduled Rides
    1. Century 100 miles, Metric 62 miles, and Half-Metric 31
    miles cycling route options
    Full SAG support
    H20, protein & snack rest stops every 15 to 20 miles
    Visit the Major Taylor Gravesite on the 100/60 mile
    Downloadable route maps from RidewithGPS.com

    2. Convention Seminar Session (more details to come)
    ALL Major Taylor Leaders, please attend the
    Leadership track.
    ALL Major Taylor Kids members, please attend the Major
    Taylor Kids track.
    Everyone is free to attend the Seminar Sessions listed
    Enjoy a list of things to do in Chicago

    Sunday, June 23, 2024 - Scheduled Rides
    1. Sunday Recovery Ride
    There will be two speeds(Casual and Spirited)
    More Details to Come

  • If you are a youth, you must be accompanied by a paying adult or guardian.

  • Chicago is the Stepper Capital of the world and the Home of House Music. Come dressed to impress and see steppers do their thing. If you are not a stepper, I am sure folks from Chicago will be glad to show you how to.

    Location: TBA
    Attire: Dress to Impress
    Food and a cash bar
    Entertainment: TBA
    Guest Speaker: TBA

The MTICA Saturday Chicago Stepper Set!

The MTICA Saturday Chicago House Party

Convention Seminar Topics

  • This introduction to bicycle maintenance session is designed to educate riders on steps to good bicycle care. Here, riders will learn the basics of maintenance tips:
    *How to check tire pressure
    *Tire maintenance (checking tread and changing flats)
    *Brakes and cabling
    *What tools and gear to carry
    *Much more

  • How to be a Certified Ride Leader
    Ride leaders are an essential part of having a successful group riding experience.
    This session will cover:
    *What is a ride leader
    *Who can be a ride leader
    *Starting a group ride
    *Planning a ride
    *Executing a ride
    *After the ride
    *Much more

  • What are the secret ingredients in making a signature ride? This session will walk you through the steps of relevant factors:
    *Accessibility (parking and traffic)
    *Other community/local events
    *Course design
    *And more

  • If you are a leader of a Major Taylor Club please plan to attend.

  • This session will outline proper nutrition and hydration tips before, during, and after your ride. It will also discuss nutrition as a lifestyle change and how it can improve your quality of life.

  • Perhaps you are a beginner to cycling, or you are interested and don’t know where to begin. This session is for you! Learn the basic steps to cycling, from health and wellness to choosing the right bike for your ride to how to dress. Safety will be highlighted during this session.

  • This session is taught by youth for youth and club leaders to consider when standing up a youth club. Central Taylor Youth Club of Middle Georgia is prepared to tell you everything you need to know about youth cycling.

  • This session will guide you step by step in identifying, accessing, developing, and evaluating core issues to address in your local community. Advocacy is a process and not a one-time event.

Major Taylor Convention Merch

Major Taylor Alliance Merchandise

Major Taylor Alliance Kits
Available NOW!!!

MTICA Team Store

Participant Information

If you plan to ride a trike bike during the convention weekend, you must provide your own SAG. MTICA can not guarantee that SAG will have the means to transport your trike bike during the event.

A signed waiver by event participant or parent/guardian will be required before you can download your QR code. A link to obtain waivers for all registrants will be shown on the confirmation page.


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