Selection Committee

Nelson Vails

Of the thousands pedal-pushing messengers in Manhattan, only one of them has become a world-class Olympic cyclist—Nelson Vails. For years Vails maneuvered his trusty bike through Manhattan’s teeming streets. Vails was one of the few select NYC messengers featured in Quicksilver, the iconic 80′s messenger film as well as one of 10 members on the U.S. national team. Vails has ridden in velodromes all over the world, places like Trinidad, Poland and Venezuela. He won a Gold Medal at Pan-American Games and holds the U.S. record in his event, the 1,000-meter sprint. Nelson won the Silver medal in the 1984 Olympics in the track sprint and has since been inducted into the Bicycling Hall Of Fame.