I’m stoked to learn that Olympic medalist Nelson Vails will be at the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show in Sacramento this weekend for screenings of “Cheetah – The Nelson Vails Story,” a documentary about his life.
“In honor of Black History Month, I am so excited to attend this year’s NAHBS event and celebrate the many years of my cycling success,” says Vails. “Most of those were spent on custom, handmade racing bicycles from some of the best frame builders in the world, just like the ones on display at this show.”
Show director and custom builder Don Walker is equally thrilled to have Vails in attendance. “He was certainly an inspiration for me and so many riders all over the world back in ’84 and beyond. And he has since committed his life to inspiring others around the world to overcome the odds and become their own champion.”
Attendees can also join Vails on the road on Sunday morning, when local bike shop Mike’s Bikes will host a special Go Ride with Nelly event at 8:45am from the store in downtown Sacramento, just a couple blocks from the show. He may also ride along on one or more of the free NAHBS group rides, departing 7am Friday and Saturday mornings from the show.
I’ll be at NAHBS on Friday. Ping me if you think you’ll be there too.