"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."
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.
''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