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Olympic bicyling medalist to lead Slow Roll on Monday

Nelson “the Cheetah” Vails, the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in bicycling, will lead Monday’s Slow Roll community bike ride from the historic Colored Musicians Club at 145 Broadway.

Bicyclists will meet up at 5:30 p.m., with the ride commencing at 6:30 p.m.

Vails, who is from Harlem and was once a bicycle messenger, won the silver medal for Team USA in the track cycling sprint during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. After competing professionally from 1988-95, He became a TV bicyling commentator and participant in bicycling safety programs across the country.

Slow Roll is for bicylists of all ages and skill levels. For more information on GObike Buffalo and the weekly Slow Roll Buffalo rides, visit

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