Ride for Major Taylor FAQ

Q:  Who is Major Taylor?
A:  Marshall "Major" Taylor was the first African American professional cyclist. Born in 1878, Major Taylor's professional racing career spanned 13 years and included the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899. He remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity and continues to be a source of inspiration to all athletes.

Q:  Is there a rider limit? Will the event sell out?
A:  Yes there is a 500-person limit. There will be no day of registration. Check our website for updates.

 Q: Are the roads closed to vehicle traffic?
A: No, the roads are open to vehicle traffic. You must obey all the rules of the road, including stopping at stop signs and riding no more than two abreast. This is a very urban route on streets.

Q: What will the ride terrain be like? Is it challenging?
A: The 63-mile Ride for Major Taylor route will be a hilly ride through scenic South Puget Sound. There are hills, periods of climbing and rolling terrain throughout the route. The route will be perfect for an intermediate or advanced level rider looking to train for another ride this season or test their technical riding skills.

The 26-mile route is perfect for intermediates looking to get into ride season, or beginners with a few miles under their belt already.  The ride is largely on trails, and offers fewer hills than the 63-mile route.

Q: Where does my entry fee go?
A: The Ride for Major Taylor is a fundraiser for Major Taylor Project.

Q: Why is the ride $175?
A: When we first produced the Ride for Major Taylor in 2015, we had two major intentions: one, to highlight an amazing program that enriches the students and communities it serves and two, to fundraise for the Major Taylor Project so more students in more communities could enjoy bicycling. In an effort to streamline your donation and fundraising efforts, the Ride for Major Taylor has an 'all-inclusive' $175 registration. Your ‘all-inclusive’ registration includes an upgraded food experience, two beautiful ferry rides, stunning vistas and a new amazing giveaway!  80% of your registration fee goes directly to the Major Taylor Project, so there’s no need to solicit donations and you can feel good about what you’re pedaling for, the Major Taylor Project!  Full scholarship options are available. Thank you for your continued support!

We understand that the 26-mile route misses some of views and ferry rides.  The point is to raise money for the Major Taylor Project, and we decided to leave the price unchanged to that end.  We've added the route because we understand that 63-miles is challenging at any point in the season - but that doesn't change the fundraising purposes of the ride!

Q: Do you have to do fundraising to do the ride?
A: No. This is a flat-rate fundraiser, and part of your ride registration will go directly to the Major Taylor Project.
 
Q: Do both riders on a tandem need to register for the ride?
A: Yes, for services and liability reasons both riders must each complete and sign a registration form.
 
Q: Do I have to belong to the Cascade Bicycle Club to go on this ride?
A: No. All are welcome to register.
 
Q: Where is the best place to park? How much does it cost?
A: Parking is free. There is parking at start line in the parking lot and on the street. You can also ride to the start line.
 
Q: If I have a flat or other mechanical problems will there be someone to help me?
A: We will have mechanics on the route in set locations to assist riders.
 
Q: Can I get a refund if I can’t use my Ride for Major Taylor registration?
A: Refunds are available per our event refund policy. 
 
Q: Does Cascade offer any services to help me train?
A:  Cascade’s Free Group Rides program offers a variety of rides almost every day of the year.  

Q: What COVID safety protocols are in place for this event?
A: Check out our Rides & Events FAQ for more information about rider limits, social distancing, masks, screening surveys, and more.