You Are Here > > > Chester Nelsen, Sr.

Chester Nelsen, Sr.

Full name: Alfred Chester Nelsen, Sr.
Gender: Male
Born: October 2, 1902 in Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States
Died: October 4, 1987 in Elsberry, Missouri, United States
Affiliations: Century Cycling Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Father of Chester Nelsen, Jr.; Grandfather of Don Nelsen.


Chester Nelsen, Sr. was the patriarch of the Nelsen family of cyclists that would eventually see three generations compete in Olympic cycling. In his own career he was runner-up in the 1935 US road race championship, and was a seven-time Missouri state champion. His son, [Chester Nelsen, Jr.], competed at the 1948 Olympics, in the road race, as did his father. Chester, Sr.’s grandson, [Donald Nelsen], made the 1964 US Olympic team in the team pursuit. Chester Nelsen, Sr. later coached the 1948 Olympic team, and was manager of the 1956 US Olympic cycling team. He became President of the American Bicycle League of America (ABLA), also serving as a state representative of the ABLA for 25 years. He was a member of the US Olympic cycling committee from 1938-56. He ran a bike shop in St. Louis for many years, making his own bikes, called Dot Bikes, named after his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Nelsen.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual United States USA 51
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Cycling Men's Road Race, Team United States USA 15

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Cycling United States Final Standings 51 5-42:57

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TT
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Cycling United States USA Final Standings 15 5-42:57
id: 15,829