Black Bike Week Rolls through the Twin Cities July 10-­17

Major Taylor
Major Taylor Photo by Mary P. Rogers/Urban Lights Photography

The The Cultural Wellness Center, The North Minneapolis Bicycle Advocacy Council, Nice Ride MN, The Minneapolis Bike Coalition and the My Bike Project present Black Bike Week, July 10-17. This full week of advocacy, education and inspired riding will build awareness and highlight the growing Bike Culture and active cycling lifestyle in the Twin Cities African American community.

This first-time event includes family events for everyone and will showcase the wide range of cycling and bike-friendly destinations and events throughout the Twin Cities

African American cyclists have a long history of success on the world stage, starting with Major Taylor — the first African American World Champion — in 1899. Ayesha McGowan, the first African American woman Pro Cyclist, and Nelson Vails, the first African American Olympic Cycling Medalist, are Black Bike Week Ambassadors. Both riders will engage with event attendees throughout Black Bike Week.


Black Bike Week events:

July 13 — Major Taylor Club Ride/All Women’s Ride with Ayesha McGowan

July 14 — Nelson Vails/Black Bike Week Night at NSC Velodrome, Blaine Slow Roll Twin Cities from Wirth Park

July 15 — An evening with Nelson Vails. The Cheetah movie screening at the Capri Theatre

July 16 — Rondo Family Fun Ride with Nelson Vails

July 17 — Ride with Nelly, 50-mile ride


For more information, go to, call 612-875-7803, or email


This information was provided by the Cultural Wellness Center and the Major Tylor Bicycling Club.