• PRESS RELEASE: “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story”

    by  • April 30, 2014 • norcal scene, Press Release, Velodrome

    Contact: Dean Alleger, Executive Director

      The Sacramento Velodrome Association Kicks-off their Capital Campaign with the Premiere of “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story”

    Sacramento, CA – April 28, 2014 – On the eve of the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California, the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association will kick off its capital fundraising campaign with a premiere screening of “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” at the beautiful Crest Theater on Saturday, May 10 at 7pm. Tickets for this red carpet event are available at tickets.com with all proceeds benefiting the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association (SVVA) in their quest to bring competitive velodrome cycling to Sacramento.
    CheetahHeadlining the May 10th event will be Nelson “The Cheetah” Vails, from Harlem, who began his professional cycling career in 1985. As an amateur cyclist he represented the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he won the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint. Vails was the first African American cyclist to win an Olympic medal. As a pro-athlete, Vails competed on the prestigious keirin circuit in Japan. He retired from professional cycling in 1995. In 2005, Vails was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Velodrome Cycling Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame.
    In 2011, the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association began their quest to build a national competition quality bicycle racetrack, or velodrome, in the Sacramento area. “Building a community-based cycling center where folks can throw their leg over a $200 rental bike will bring cycling back to the people. I can’t think of a better spokesman to highlight this effort than Nelson Vails,” said Dino (Dean Alleger), Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association.
    The proposed facility will provide opportunities to train and develop youth for bicycle racing, host competitive events to generate tourism activity as well as recreational events to promote fitness among the community. Most importantly, the facility will provide a safe community-based cycling center to youth, cyclists, cycling enthusiasts, and families.
    Check out www.SacValleyVelodrome.org for more events with Nelson Vails and the SVVA during opening weekend, including registering for the Ride with Nelly, where you can enjoy a casual bike ride along the American River Parkway with Nelson Vails.

    MAY 9th
    Noon – Nelson “The Cheetah” Vails arrives in Sacramento
    PM – Nelson Vails & SVVA representatives will be performing community outreach with the Police Activities League High School Mountain Bike Team.
    Evening – Nelson Vails & SVVA representatives will be attending the Tour of California Gala. SVVA will be recognized at the event.

    MAY 10th
    AM – The general public can register on the SVVA website for a casual Ride with Nelly on the American River Parkway with a no host lunch in East Sacramento.
    Evening – The general public, SVVA, and Nelson Vails will be attending the red carpet premiere of “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” at the Crest Theater. The general public can purchase tickets at tickets.com. All proceeds will benefit SVVA.

    Rik Keller will be on hand to capture the event. The Harley White Jr. Trio will entertain guests for an hour in the lobby before the show. Lagunitas is bringing in some good craft beer so the no host snack bar will have something tasty to offer. Immediately following the movie the VIP guests will be treated to a meet and greet dessert catered by Plates Café and Catering and hospitality will be provided by women from the Saint John’s Program for Real Change.

    MAY 11th
    All Day – SVVA representatives will be hosting a booth at the Lifestyles Festival of the Amgen Tour of California. Nelson Vails will be in attendance to sign autographs.


    Mission Statement
    Founded in 2011, the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association (SVVA) was established to build a sustainable, world class velodrome with competitive track cycling programs serving the greater Sacramento community.

    Vision Statement
    With wheels spinning around the track by 2016, the Sacramento Velodrome will be the premiere cycling center for our community to participate in an exciting range of local, regional, and national track cycling programs. Furthermore SVVA will…
    • Create an inclusive, inspirational, and empowering youth program to build strong bodies and strong minds with an emphasis on underserved teens;
    • Develop programs where beginner, intermediate, elite, and para-cycling athletes of all ages can enhance their community, physical health, and personal character;
    • Leverage the thrilling action of track racing to build a large following of spectators and ensure grandstands are fully occupied;
    • Provide solid leadership and track management through commitment to excellence and exemplary governance and business policies;
    • Establish comprehensive coaches and supervisors training to ensure services of the highest standard for leadership, fair play, and integrity in sport;
    • Implement thorough risk management policies and guidelines to ensure the best safety practices.



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