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Meet the Major Taylor KC Team: Mitchell Williams

 

 

One of the things we’re looking forward to in 2021 is bringing some Major Taylor Club Kansas City Chapter riders out to Emporia to experience UNBOUND Gravel and the Flint Hills. We’ll be introducing the KC Chapter members on our social channels and blog every Monday, so  get excited to meet some fellow gravel grinders!

Meet Mitchell Williams:

Hello, I’m Mitchell Williams! I am a father of 2 and a grandfather of 7. I’m enjoying my semi-retirement status from the financial service industry. I am a League Certified Cycling Instructor, LCI, and I teach bicycle safety to many different age groups in the community. I am also the current President of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Kansas City!

As a child growing up in Texas, I rode my bicycle all of the time. I can still remember my 1st bicycle and the experience of learning to ride. I must have been 5 or 6 years old. I can remember as a young teenager using my bicycle to deliver the local newspaper to earn a few dollars to spend. I had it all tricked out with streamers and cardboard that would rub my spokes and make noise, I had my bell and my lights. I was the stuff. The sad part is that in my community, the bicycle was looked at as a toy and not as a means of transportation so as I

got older the bicycle rides faded. I didn’t pick up bicycle riding again until I was in my late 40’s. I went to a big box store and bought a mountain bike. I was hooked and the next year I went to a sporting goods store and bought a comfort bike. I purchased my first road bike in 2005 and used it to ride in my 1st charity event and the rest is history.

I am one of the original founders of the Major Taylor cycling club of KC! My favorite part about being a member is when we ride through the Black neighborhoods and the kids run out to wave at us as well as the adults. We always wave, ring our bells, anything. We do this to show people in my community that they can be healthy and vigorous by riding a bicycle. It’s a low impact sport and anyone can do it. You don’t need a $10,000 bike, nor do you need Lycra and spandex to ride a bicycle.

I enjoy riding gravel because it takes me back to my childhood in Texas. At that time, the city didn’t have much tarmac, but we had a lot of dirt roads and gravel. I would ride or walk out in the “country” and I always felt a sense of oneness and serenity. Riding gravel does the same for me now. I see nature. I hear sounds that take be back to my childhood. I can feel my heart beat, my breathing increase as I zone out.

My favorite snack to take on a ride, or eat at home, is PBJ. I love peanut butter, PBJ and bananas are my go to fuel.

My dream place to ride would be somewhere on the route of the Great Divide. I intend to do it soon!

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