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1.      I was too young to ride on the Newark bankboard track, and my involvement in Newark cycling did not begin until seven years after the Velodrome was demolished, but I had an opportunity to enjoy the thrill of what it must have been like in September 1940 in Chicago.

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        In that year and place, at the Humboldt Park Bike Bowl, I pedaled a Schwinn around a similarly constructed bankboard track while attending the U. S. Amateur Cycling Olympics sponsored by the National Cycling Association.

        I was there with the New Jersey riders, Fred Graef and Jack Throckmorton, covering the races for the Star Ledger.

        In the pre-World War II years, I regularly covered all the amateur bicycle racing programs for the Star-Ledger at Weequahic Park.


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