A talk next week at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will feature a topic of historical significance that goes beyond the sporting aspect of cycling.
On Sunday, Feb. 20, Andrew Ritchie, an ex-racer who has been writing about the sport for the past 30 years, will be at the Hall to give a presentation about Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932).
Long before Jackie Robinson, Taylor was an African-American who face fierce opposition by competing in cycling at a time when the sport was basically all white. After much hardship when trying to race near his home in Indianapolis, Taylor moved ti Worcester, Mass. in the late 1890s and went on to break world records, win national and international championships and become one of the highest-paid cycling stars in the world.
From 4 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, Ritchie will present a slide show on Taylor’s life and have copies of the latest edition of his book “Major Taylor” for purchase and signing. Admission is free for members and costs $5 for nonmembers.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, at 303 Third St., will open that day at 3 p.m. In addition, the Hall is open each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Event.info@ usbhof.org.
The Davis Explosion matched up against the homestanding Concord United on Feb. 5, and the visitors fell 7-3.
Concord scored two early goals despite strong efforts by Davis defenders Corbin Beck and Mathew Lloyd, and goalies Diego Sedillo and Erick Canchola. Later, Explosion’s Aiden Doms found the goal, with support from Matt Haass, Evan Deas and Beck, to close the gap to 2-1.
Five unanswered goals by Concord then put Davis in a huge hole, but Explosion did not give up. Doms added two more goals to finish his hat trick, and several scoring opportunities Nicholas Pacuilla, Carson Quick and Sedillo almost resulted in additional scoring. However, Doms’ big game was not enough for Davis to overcome the deficit.