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CYCLING TRACK FOR ABERDARE. SIR, —A cycling track for Aberdare? This is not a question of recent birth by any means. You know we have plenty of stuff in Aberdare and Aberaman which only wants bringing out, and a track would be the very thing. The question was raised a few years ago, but no one seemed inclined to do anything in the shape of hard and energetic work. It was mere talk. With the recent return of Arthur Linton from Paris came a revival of the question, and I really began to think that the makiug of a track was now a dead "cert." At the large number of dinner, smoking concerts, &c., held in his honour, every little thing said about the formation of a track was cheered to the echo. But Arthur has gone back, and he seems to have taken the enthusiasm with him. I am very sorry for this, and greatly surprised. As a rule, in Aberdare and Aberaman, when a question for the I improvement of the place is brought forward, it is taken up with alacrity and speedily carried to a successful issue. I am sorry that this important improvement is the exception. Now, I for ono don't like to see a matter which ¡ might be the means of making these two places, noted in the cycling world, allowed to drop so suddenly into I oblivion, only to be restored to life when our hero comes home again. Outsiders will laugh at us if wo go on in tins fashion. I trust that after these remarks a committee will be formed to see what can be done in the matter. I would remind all those who arc interested that there is no time like the present. We hit\" dilly- dallied too long, and the following line., by Edward Young strike me very forcibly as I am writing Time, in advance, behind him liides his wings, And scorns to creep deer«pit with his fiehcld him when past hy when then is seen But his broad pinions swifter than the winds Once started, and the cycle track wiil soon be an accomplished fact. There are a large number of gentlemen in the district who will be only too ready to support any movement in its favour, and amongst those 1 am told that the following may be reckoned Sir W. T. Lewis, Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., Mr. Pritchard Morgan, M.P., Mr. Herbert C. Lewis, Mr. T. Rees (Swan Hotel, Aberaman), Mr. D. Williams (High Constable of Aberdare), Mr. Railton (Abera- man), Mr. J. Howells (Lamb and Flag Hotel), Mr. Emlyn Jones, Mr. J. W. Merriman, etc. Then again, the Aberdare District Council will doubtless, if asked, do what they can to forward the movement, as undoubtedly it will be a means of bringing money into the town. I think a track will be a boon to the town. Why should Aberdare be debarred from holding athletic s)X)rtn ? The only reason to be assigned for it now i., the absence of a place to hold them in. Then again, even if there was a place, without a track no eyeling- races could be tur, and seeing that cycling is now a craze, athletic sports without such races would be a failure. And what :s more, if a track is made an attractive programme would be the means of bringing crowds of people to the town, and everybody knows that visitors meati money. Not only thi". Look at the facilities which would be offered to young and promising riders. They would have evety advantage, and in all proba- bility would lx- able to go and do as our Arthur has done. Now comes the question of Where shall the track be made?" I should say the Aberdare Park. Although 601110 of my Aberaman friends may object to this. I think that after all things are considered the Park would be the best place. But there, that will be a matter for future discussion. I shall say no more at present, but I hope next week to be able to say that .something has beeu done towards realizing this great improvement.—I am, etc., PNEUMATIC TYRE.

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