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How I am gearing up to ride 500 miles across Iowa for the Major Taylor film documentary (Part I).

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

-Harriet Tubman

Wednesday, May 31st was my first ever group ride and longest so far...

I am incredibly grateful to Landry's Bicycle for their Wednesday Casual Ride.

Neil, one of the ride leaders, went above and beyond to make sure I was riding safely and encouraged me to give my best...

During the ride, he will say things like : ''One more mile; this is the last hill...'' Of course it wasn't the last hill !

I have no athletic background, nor do I claim to be a cyclist at all.

I am just a filmmaker who stumbled by serendipity on the story of Major Taylor, 1899 World Bicycle Champion and perhaps the greatest cyclist/athlete of all time (THE G.O.A.T).

Major Taylor story has no equivalence in the athletic World.

He was a pioneer and trailblazer and his character and sportsmanship were exceptional to say the least.

He broke the color line in cycling a half century before Jackie Robinson did in Baseball.

For the last two years, I have been working to bring Major Taylor story to millions of people around the World.

So far, we have managed to raise a little money and where able to produce a trailer concept to demonstrate the vision of the film that we are planing to produce.

You can watch the trailer concept below:

To raise critical funds for the film, I have partnered with the Major Taylor Iowa Cycling Club to ride 500 miles across Iowa in July 2023.

I started training a month ago, mainly at the gym while I was looking around for a bike that will be affordable and fit me well.

Luckily for me, when I reach out to the Bike Connector in Lowell-Mass, they decided to donate a Road Bike for the cause and Voila ! Thanks for thier generousity.

Do you want to know how my first group ride last Wednesday when down ? Watch the livestream below for details and commentary.

Your support is motivating me to keep riding and will help make this long awaited film project a reality.

Since my ride, I have learned a lot of new stuffs about cycling in general and I am also realizing how expensive this sport can be...getting a bike is just the begining.

To enjoy a safe ride, you need a helmet, cycling jersey, cycling shoes, repair tools in case of a flat tire or a mechanical issues on the road, you also need a decent computer/odometer, bell, front and rear light, water bottle etc...the list keep going.

Nevertheless, I have learned a lot since my last group ride and most of all I found out about this quote that now some up the mentality I will be carrying on for the rest of my training and the ride itself.

The quote is from a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who is among the most successful riders in the history of competitive cycling.

It says:

''Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But Ride.'' Eddie Merckx

I cannot do this without your support as it takes a village to accomplish any great endeavors of live. The Major Taylor film documentary has been long awaited and I am going to do whatever it takes to make it happens. I know you will not let me down ...So I am expecting to see your name on this Campaign/ride supporters and donors.

Finds out how you can HELP this journey HERE

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