After his triumphant prowess in Chicago August 3rd 1899 , Major Taylor was very excited and pleased by his performance.
He was also anxious to get to Montreal to engage in practice on the track of Queen's Park on which the World Bicycle meet was to be held August 9-12.
Entries of racers where received from almost every country in Europe, United State , Canada and Australia.
Even tho the competition in Montreal was tainted with the racing feud between the L.A.W (League of American Wheelmen) and the N.C.A ( National Cycling Association) , it was reported by several media outlets that more than 12,000 people attended the event with many more outside the sold out velodrome .
Starting Line of the International Bicycle Meet at Queen's Park :
Le Monde illustré, vol. 16 no 798. p. 241 (19 août 1899) -Courtesy of Montreal Bicycle Club.
At the Time of the world meet, Major Taylor was just 20 years old but at the peak of condition .
The following World's Championships were contested :
One mile ,professional . Purse $250 , $125, $50, $25
100 Kilometers (about 63 miles), professional . Purse $250, $125, $75, $25
One mile amateur . I.C.A Medals.
Team championship , I.C.A amateurs teams , not more than four .
I.C.A medals , and additional prizes valued at $25, $15, $10, $5.
The Wheelmen and Cycling Trade Review August 17 1899.
Courtesy of the Montreal Bicycle Club.
'' I shall never forget the thunderous applause that greeted me as I rode my victorious lap of honor around the track with a huge bouquet of roses. It was the first time that I had triumphed on foreign soil, and I was thrilled as I heard the band strike up the ''Star Spangled banner'.' My national anthem took a new meaning for me from that moment . I never felt so proud to be an American before , and indeed, I felt even more American at that moment than I ever felt in America.'' Major Taylor The Fastest Bicycle Rider In The World 1828.
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