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Nelson Valis, The Cheetah-NYC Messenger Becomes First African American Olympic Cyclist. New Documentary

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Nelson Valis, nicknamed, “The Cheetah,” was a former NYC messenger from Harlem who became an Olympic champion in cycling.
He was the first African American to win a medal on the track in the summer games of 84.
Nelson rode professionally from 1988-1995 and was inducted in the US bicycling hall of fame in 2009.

According to PROLLY, a new documentary about this legendary hero is premiering in NYC on Saturday (2/15/14)


Ticket info can be found: here.

A trailer:

Nelson Valis will also be the keynote speaker at this weekends Youth Bike Summit, at the New School in Manhattan.

He’ll be speaking Saturday, the 15th and inspiring cycling leaders of the future with his story of triumph from messenger to track superstar.

And speaking of the Youth Summit, Affinity Cycles founder, Jason Gallacher also speaks about urban cycling culture:

The Youth Bike Summit is an annual three-day national conference bringing together educators, advocates, activists, students, teenagers, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and community leaders to engage around youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy. We bring people together from different disciplines and backgrounds to network, learn, and explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change.

If your in NYC this weekend, come check me out at the Youth Bike Summit. I’ll be speaking in a panel discussion at the New School Saturday February 15th at 11am to discuss the Urban Cycling culture. The panel will also include prominent NYC bike messengers including Kevin Squid Bolger founder of Cyclehawk and Carlos Ramirez of Urban Cyclist Worldwide.

Support your community and the future of cycling, for more info go to

Many thanks to the messenger poet Kurt Boone for organizing the panel, and to Recycle a Bicycle for hosting the event. See you this weekend!

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