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Cycling documentary to screen

May 21, 2014

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” will screen at the historic Burn Brae Mansion on Saturday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price of $25 includes barbeque reception starting at 4 p.m. The film follows the road that began in the housing projects of Harlem for “The Cheetah,” Nelson Beasley Vails, the youngest of 10 children.

Supporting his family as a bicycle messenger on the streets of New York City, Nelson’s pursuit of the American Dream took him all the way to the 1984 Los Angeles Games, where he became the first African American to win an Olympic medal in cycling. Followed by movie roles, his induction into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2009 and a successful bicycling tour series, Nelson is an advocate for the benefits of recreational cycling.

For cycling enthusiasts, a limited number of spots are available for an exclusive “Ride with Nelly” tour. Participants will travel along the Upper Delaware River to the Roebling Bridge and the Zane Grey Museum for a 30-mile round trip that includes a picnic lunch and commemorative jersey.

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