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International Cycling History Conference

55. E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Venue Phone: 317-232-7615


Indianapolis, Indiana (often shortened to “Indy”. Indianapolis is the capitol of the USA’s State of Indiana, and it is the most populous city in the state. Indianapolis is also the largest city in the United States not on a major water way. The city is often referred as the Sports Capital of the World because it is host to the ‘Indianapolis 500’ (an automobile race, and the largest one-day sporting event in the world) in addition to hosting many other amateur, NCAA, and professional sports events. Most importantly for this Conference, Indianapolis is where Major Taylor was born, and where he got his start in bicycle racing. Major Taylor became the U.S. and then the World Champion bicycle rider (the fastest bicycle rider in the world) in 1899, and he went on to race in Europe which made him the first African American professional athlete.

The Indy 500 Racetrack and Museum: Arrangements are being made to enable the Conference participants to visit the Indy 500 Racetrack and Museum as part of the Conference Program.

The 31st ICHC will take place in the Indiana War Memorial (IWM) that consists of an imposing building that occupies a large block of park-like land in the center of Indianapolis. This building is used for a variety of civic and private events with several meeting rooms and a large auditorium. The building is very suitable for an event like the 31st ICHC, and its use is being offered free of charge to the ICHC Planning Committee because Gary Sanderson is a military veteran having served in the U.S. Army and the California National Guard from 1954-1960.

Sunday, July 17
7 pm
Local historian Tiffany Benedict Browne of HistoricIndianapolis.com will be presen-ng the talk “Indianapolis and the Wheel,” from high wheels to automobiles. Also featured will be local poet Januarie York, presen-ng “A Major Deal,” and remarks from Karen Brown Donovan, great-granddaughter of local cycling legend, Marshall “Major” Taylor.

Monday, July 18
7 pm
Indiana State Museum curator of social history Kisha Tandy will give the keynote talk on Major Taylor in Indianapolis, expanding on the excellent current exhibit she curated, “Major Taylor, Fastest Cyclist in the World.”

This is a rare opportunity to join a pres-gious global conference, focused on local wheel history. The last conference took place in Znojmo, Czech Republic, and the next one will be in Ghent, Belgium. Advance -ckets available on eventbrite: For 7/17 h`ps://www.eventbrite.com/e/interna-onal-cycling-history-conference--ckets-355251435607? dclid=IwAR3MEWWNFMvaEAgY9NSLI4KQlZptdtZHAR-p1Ng6Stj3sPoQ2ptCDg4qu70 For 7/18 h`ps://www.eventbrite.com/e/major-taylor-nite-open-to-the-community-5- -ckets-356697871937?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Tickets: $5 for keynote talks.