Major Taylor Community Ride added to Wilmington Grand Prix

After a two-year interruption because of COVID, the Wilmington Grand Prix returns May 13-15 and will feature a new component open to cyclists of all abilities — the Major Taylor Community Ride set for Sat., May 14 (11:15am start).

The ride will celebrate Wilmington as well as the spirit of cyclist Major Taylor, America’s first U.S.-born Black international sports champion. Despite facing racial prejudice in and out of competition, Taylor set more than a half-dozen world records and in 1899 achieved the level of cycling world champion. His story is brilliantly told in the book The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero written by Washington Post reporter Michael Kranish. Kranish will be in Wilmington for the Major Taylor Community Ride.

In addition, the Capital City Cyclists and Major Taylor cycling clubs from throughout the region will be in attendance to lead the ride and interact with the community. Individuals, families and organizations are encouraged to participate. The ride is one-half hour and will use the same course that professional racers from around the world will be competing on later that day.

Participants must have their own bike and helmet, but registration is free. For details on all components of the three-day Wilmington Grand Prix as well as to register for the Major Taylor Community Ride, visit