Events and Activities

10:00 a.m.
July 27, 2008
Seventh annual
George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor
Main and George streets
Worcester, Mass.

Watch the action! See the 70-second QuickTime video, or play it with Windows Media Player, or view it on YouTube.

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News coverage

See how fast you can pedal up George Street, a two-block quad-buster that was a training ground for 1899 world champion Major Taylor. It's one rider at a time against the clock in this steep uphill time trial in downtown Worcester presented by Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen. The distance is 500 feet, and the average grade is 18 percent. The contest is open to riders age 12 and up. Helmets are required. Entry fee is $15. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc.

Bike raffle: Win a Giant OCR3 road bike from Barney's Bicycle, or other cool prizes. Click here to see the prizes and winners.

  To donate raffle prizes or other goods or services, contact Lynne at or 508-831-0301, or call Peter Howard at Barney's, 508-799-BIKE.

  Where is George Street? Click here for a map.
New this year! Garden Fresh Courthouse Cafe will be open at the foot of George Street during the race. We recommend their performance-enhancing Worcester Whirlwind cookies.
  How steep is George Street? Click here for a profile.

Major Taylor cycling jerseys, posters and books

In the news:
'Major' hill climb: Cyclist's great-great-grandson in race     Telegram & Gazette
Making the grade on George Street      Telegram & Gazette

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