In a comment, Cramps said that he'd noted the mention of a "Lake Merritt Velodrome" in the text accompanying the Oldest US Roadracing Photo of a few posts back. I failed to notice that mention but it would have triggered NO memory at all, Cramps. I never heard anyone mention an old track in Oakland.
By the way, your comments come to me via email but are unreturnable, so I have to respond via a blog post.
Lake Merritt Velodrome. You wonder if every US village and town had a bicycle racing track back when. Imagine....
Added later: Please don't miss Mark Walsh's comment to this post!