Celebrating Sisterhood on Bikes

May 13, 2021

1928 Legacy Tour and Virtual Challenge Launches As Tribute To Black Cycling Pioneers

Washington, D.C. –Major Knox Adventures is pleased to announce the launch of the 1928 Legacy Tour and Virtual Endurance Challenge, set to take place this Memorial Day weekend. This 250 mile endurance ride follows in the tracks of 5 Black female cycling pioneers, who blazed a trail from Harlem to Washington DC all the way back in 1928. Led by DC-based community activist and coach, Keshia Roberson, the ride will kick off on May 28th and is being produced in partnership with Run 4 All Women with proceeds from the Virtual Challenge to benefit  Gearin’ Up Bicycles, D.C.’s only non-profit bike shop.

Roberson was inspired to create The 1928 Legacy Tour as a tribute to the 5 original riders: Marylou Jackson, Velma Jackson, Ethyl Miller, Leolya Nelson, and Constance White, who embarked on the 250 mile journey for a love of the “great out-of-doors” during a time when Black Americans were fleeing the racial terror of the South. “They didn’t ride small and neither will we,” says Roberson, adding that “for too long this story has been buried and our goal is to bring it to light. We seek to  amplify Black women’s legacy of athleticism and bicycle touring through a celebration of sisterhood on bikes. ”

The 1928 Legacy Tour is the first of a series from Major Knox Adventures, which promotes radical joy of cycling and other outdoor activities while continuing to celebrate the legacies of “Major” Taylor, Kittie Knox, and countless lesser-known Black enthusiasts who have paved the way for experiencing pleasure in the great “out-of-doors.”

With the 1928 Legacy Tour Virtual Event, runners, walkers and cyclists from around the country can participate along with the women completing the in-person challenge. Participants will have the option of completing a 250-mile bike ride or 25-50 mile run, walk, or jog over the course of 9 days, from May 28th to June 6th.

Follow along and support:

PAYPAL: majorknoxadventures@gmail.com (support the riders/ costs of in-person tour)

IG: @majorknoxadventures / @keshia.ro

#AMKLA @MAJORKNOXAdventure #1928LegacyTour #Run4ALLWomen

Website: www.majorknoxadgventures.com

Virtual Event Website: 1928 Legacy Tour Virtual Endurance Challenge in Partnership with Run 4 All Women https://events.elitefeats.com/majorknox21