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Mailbag: A hippocratic suggestion, radio chatter and concrete

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First, do no harm

Dear Editor,
As a physician and not an attorney, I would argue that this physician (see “California road-rage case heads for court) should be charged with attempted manslaughter and not just suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Any ER physician would know with reasonable certainty that impact with an immobile object at 30+ mph has a high likelihood of resulting in death.

Obviously this man is innocent until proven guilty but if he is found guilty the California State Board of Medical Examiners should revoke his license. He should not be treating patients in any form or fashion with such poor judgment. I hope some California resident will file a complaint with the board. It will take 10 to 15 minutes to fill the paperwork out as you cannot submit complaints online but someone will need to take the initiative.

If he is found guilty, I also hope that physicians using his company’s EMR software will seriously consider why they are using Touch Medix.

Ken Adams, M.D.,
Dallas, Texas

Radio silence

Hooray for Michael Barry taking a strong stand!

I can’t judge whether radios change race day outcome, but I feel that they serve to further separate the racers from the experience of cycling that I so enjoy.

Somehow knowing that the men on a break are riding off in the relative silence of their thoughts, and the chasers are in suspense as well, I can relate. That they are now pedaling with constant chatter and updates sounds more like the (distracted) time I spend in my car, instead of the time I spend in the saddle plugging away to improve my own pace.

Joe Stein,
Chicago, Illinois

Why stop at radios?

Dear Velo,

I just want to say that Michael Barry is right about radios. They dehumanize the sport, turn racers into robots, and simply make racing too easy.

I agree with him so much that I think the UCI should also banish:

• Derailleurs – they make climbing hills too easy;
• Clipless pedals – they make pedaling too easy;
• Helmets – crashing is not what it once was;
• Carbon and aluminum – too light, too strong.

As a matter of fact, let’s just bring the penny farthing to mass start races. That’ll sure make the racing more human, won’t it?

Improving technology is not the problem, or a problem for that matter.
Please Mr. Barry, get off the soapbox.

Joe LeFort,
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Fans want a voice, too

Dear VeloNews,
So the pros want a say in the proposed ban on race radios? Well, I guess I can’t blame them for wanting to have a say in their working conditions. But as a fan, I want my say too!

After all, I have been a fan of euro cycling for far longer than any of the current riders have been professionals, and for longer than most of the team directors too for that matter.

Tactical sense used to be a much bigger part of a rider’s overall class before race radios were introduced. In my opinion the race radios have taken away a significant component of professional cycling and have generally made spectating less interesting for the fans.

So attention UCI (and pro cyclists): As a fan, I say bravo to the prospect of no race radios. The results from VeloNews.com poll on the subject indicate I am not alone in this opinion.

Charles O. Jones,
Orange County, California

Free to speak

Dear editor,

I’ve enjoyed reading Michael Barry’s articles regarding race radios, particularly his most recent diary. It seems he and his Columbia-HTC teammate, Craig Lewis, agree with him that banning race radios is a good idea. This stands in stark contrast to their director, Bob Stapleton.

Being a fan of Columbia HTC, I’m happy to see that the riders have been given the courtesy to speak out counter to what their sport director says. I do wonder, though. Will Michael Berry eventually take on Bob Stapleton head to head on this issue in his diary?

Don Bernhard,
San Antonio, Texas

AFLD rocks

Editor,

Wow, the AFLD are on fire! While the UCI can’t be bothered to do anything about doping, the AFLD looks to be on the verge of catching some pretty big fish from this year’s Tour de France.

It’ll be a great day when they kick the last doper out of the sport.

Go, Pierre, go!

Charles Hansen,
Boulder, Colorado

Concrete sucks

Editor,
As to running on “bike paths.” I ride and run. Running on asphalt is much, much better than running on cement. Cement has no give, asphalt does.

Can’t we all get along?

Patrick Caselli,
San Jose, California

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