• Harlem Skyscraper
    Cycling Classic

    New York’s Premiere Professional/Amateur and Community Cycling Event.

    Sunday, June 19th , 2022

    (Juneteenth)

  • Wednesday’s
    World

    Promotional Ride featuring Nelson Vails Olympian & Cycling Hall of Fame Inductee

    Sunday, June 20 , 2021

    7PM (EST)
  • Major Taylor
    tribute ride

    Open Ride/CIS Training Systems Major Taylor Memorial

    Sunday, June 20 , 2021

    12PM (EST)
  • Continue the
    Tradition Virtually

    2020 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic
    Monday, June 21, 2021 8PM (EST)
  • Harlem Skyscraper
    Cycling Classic

    New York’s Premiere Professional/Amateur and Community Cycling Event.

    Sunday, June 19th , 2022

    (Juneteenth)

  • Wednesday’s
    World

    Promotional Ride featuring Nelson Vails Olympian & Cycling Hall of Fame Inductee
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7PM (EST)
  • Major Taylor
    tribute ride

    Open Ride/CIS Training Systems Major Taylor Memorial
    Sunday, June 21, 2020 12PM (EST)
  • Continue the
    Tradition Virtually

    2020 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic
    Monday, June 22, 2020 8PM (EST)
  • Harlem Skyscraper
    Cycling Classic

    New York’s Premiere Professional/Amateur
    and Community Cycling Event.

    Sunday, June 19th , 2022

    (Juneteenth)

  • Wednesday’s
    World

    Promotional Ride featuring Nelson Vails
    Olympian & Cycling Hall of Fame Inductee

    Sunday, June 20 , 2021

    7PM (EST)
  • Major Taylor
    tribute ride

    Open Ride/CIS Training Systems
    Major Taylor Memorial

    Sunday, June 20 , 2021

    12PM (EST)
  • Continue the
    Tradition Virtually

    2020 Harlem Skyscraper
    Cycling Classic
    Monday, June 21, 2021 8PM (EST)
  • Harlem Skyscraper
    Cycling Classic

    New York’s Premiere Professional/Amateur
    and Community Cycling Event.

    Sunday, June 19th , 2022

    (Juneteenth)

  • Wednesday’s World

    Promotional Ride featuring Nelson Vails Olympian & Cycling Hall of Fame Inductee

    Sunday, June 20 , 2021

    7PM (EST)
  • Major Taylor
    tribute ride

    Open Ride/CIS Training Systems
    Major Taylor Memorial

    Sunday, June 20 , 2021

    12PM (EST)
  • Continue the
    Tradition Virtually

    2020 Harlem Skyscraper
    Cycling Classic
    Monday, June 21, 2021 8PM (EST)

David Walker — a New York City Police Department’s Community Affairs Officer in Harlem’s 28th Precinct created the
Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic
in 1973.

The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was designed as a community event focused on bicycle racing and safety programs for young men.
The event held its initial contest on (Father’s Day) Sunday, June 17th, 1973

at (the formally known as)—Mount Morris Park which was just renamed Marcus Garvey Park—in honor of the famed Activist, Journalist and Publicist Marcus Garvey.

Within three years, the race grew and became one of the premiere attractions of the United States Cycling Federation.
Each year the event draws more than 400+ United States Cycling Federation (USCF)—(now known as USA Cycling) licensed cyclist from the greater NYC
area as well as nationally ranked

competitors and international licensed riders—in addition to 100s of community amateur participants.

Since its inception in 1973, hundreds of national and international champions, as well as Olympic champions have raced the Skyscraper Classic.
Most notably is Nelson Beasley Vails,
a road and track cyclist from Harlem. Who won his first series of amateur races at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995, representing the USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he won the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint, behind compatriot Mark Gorski.

Vails was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal and he was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Nelson attends the Skyscraper Cycling Classic every year.

We are happy to celebrate our 50th event year on Sunday, June 19th (Juneteenth) 2022.

David Walker — a New York City Police Department’s Community Affairs Officer in Harlem’s 28th Precinct created the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in 1973.

The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was designed as a community event focused on bicycle racing and safety programs for young men.
The event held its initial contest on (Father’s Day) Sunday, June 17th, 1973 at (the formally known as)—Mount Morris Park which was just renamed Marcus Garvey Park—in honor of the famed Activist, Journalist and Publicist Marcus Garvey.

Within three years, the race grew and became one of the premiere attractions of the United States Cycling Federation. Each year the event draws more than 400+ United States Cycling Federation (USCF)—(now known as USA Cycling) licensed cyclist from the greater NYC area as well as nationally ranked competitors and international licensed riders—in addition to 100s of community amateur participants.

Since its inception in 1973, hundreds of national and international champions, as well as Olympic champions have raced the Skyscraper Classic.

Most notably is Nelson Beasley Vails, a road and track cyclist from Harlem. Who won his first series of amateur races at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995, representing the USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he won the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint, behind compatriot Mark Gorski.

Vails was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal and he was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Nelson attends the Skyscraper Cycling Classic every year.

David Walker— a New York City Police Department’s Community Affairs Officer in Harlem’s 28th Precinct created the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in 1973.
The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was designed as a community event focused on bicycle racing and safety programs for young men. The event held its initial contest on (Father’s Day) Sunday, June 17th, 1973 at (the formally known as)—Mount Morris Park which was just renamed Marcus Garvey Park—in honor of the famed Activist, Journalist and Publicist Marcus Garvey.

Within three years, the race grew and became one of the premiere attractions of the United States Cycling Federation. Each year the event draws more than 400+ United States Cycling Federation (USCF)—(now known as USA Cycling) licensed cyclist from the greater NYC area as well as nationally ranked competitors and international licensed riders—in addition to 100s of community amateur participants.

Since its inception in 1973, hundreds of national and international champions, as well as Olympic champions have raced the Skyscraper Classic.

Most notably is Nelson Beasley Vails, a road and track cyclist from Harlem. Who won his first series of amateur races at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995, representing the USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he won the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint, behind compatriot Mark Gorski.

Vails was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal and he was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Nelson attends the Skyscraper Cycling Classic every year.

We are happy to celebrate our 50th event year on
Sunday, June 19th (Juneteenth) 2022.

We are happy to celebrate
our 50th event year on Sunday, June 19th (Juneteenth) 2022.

  • David Walker
    Founder - 1973
  • Richard Cox
    Director
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