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Friday’s mail bag: Manzano, Marco, Bob Dole and doing the wave

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@7Dogs.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.Regarding ManzanoEditors,The current situation in cycling has gone from bad to worse, and notjust because new allegations of drug use have surfaced.If true, these revelations are certainly shocking, more for their boldprevalence than any "I can't

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The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@7Dogs.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.


Regarding Manzano
Editors,
The current situation in cycling has gone from bad to worse, and notjust because new allegations of drug use have surfaced.If true, these revelations are certainly shocking, more for their boldprevalence than any “I can’t believe they would do that to themselves orothers” element, the latter no longer our response now that our innocencehas been breached by the Festina Affair et al.What I find particularly distressing is that Jesus Manzano has now successfullylanded a new pro cycling contract. Last I read, he claimed to be a druguser, involved with a team steeped in drug use. Had his charges againstKelme come out of much soul searching and a sense of duty, then I couldsee some team welcoming him back, his conscience now cleansed. In thiscase, however, duty has no place. Revenge is the single motivation,as he himself  is quick to point out.Why have a cheat back, who only now confesses his and other’s crimesin a way calculated to cause maximum damage, regardless of the truth ofthe allegations? Until his allegations are proved false, he should be placedunder the same suspicion as his former team. He has admitted druguse in the past year. Why does he still have a license?While I recognize the difficult situation the UCI is under — if theypull his license, they could be accused of trying to silence him — however,in this case his motive demands a different response. He is as guilty asany he accuses, and while he might be the whistle-blower, honesty, truthand a sense of duty have no place in his revelations. Why should he beallowed to compete? Where is the sanction that any other rider would receivefor a positive test or a public admission of doping?There is also the question around whether there is any truth to hisallegations. Revenge? It looks like a job well done. Ruin the other team,get a new contract in return. How dare we tolerate that?
Jorin Green
Pambrun, Saskatchewan, CanadaTwo-wheeled nationalism
Dear VeloNews,
I cannot believe you would print those nasty letters in your latestissue bashing Marco Pantani. If the beloved Lance overdosed on a hill climbor in a hotel room, it seems like your readers would start some sort ofdependency foundation in his name. In contrast, since Pantani was not anAmerican, he is labeled a “loser.” Lance just hasn’t been busted and neverwill be because of the wealth generated by the bike industry in his name.You at VeloNews might know this but your readers are blinded bysome sort of bicycle patriotism.
 
I cried when Marco Pantani died. Not because I knew him, but becauseI can imagine how he must of felt after he was exposed to the world andhis dreams smashed. When he rode the Giro last year I did root for himbecause he overcame all the negativity and tried to find his dream onceagain. It seemed like he was searching for a reason to live.Drug addiction and depression are both illnesses. Marco was sick andnot a bad person. Those who wrote those nasty letters are the bad people.Hopefully they are on their way to an asylum.You should feel sadness in your heart for Marco, not anger and rage.
Mike Blahut
Ames, Iowa
 
P.S. I got my last issue and won’t be renewingafter four years because you printed those letters.We’re No. 1!
Hello,
I also read the article from O’Grady (“Friday’sfoaming rant: Wave dynamics revisited“)and was curious about anothertype of cycling: Motorcycling. I asked several coworkers who motorcycleand asked if they have similar experiences about the “wave.” They alsosaid certain groups wave and others don’t. I asked whether it was the Harleyriders or the Pocket Rockets and still, it was the same answer: Some doand some don’t.But the next question I have to the readers is if you do geta wave from a fellow cyclist. What kind of wave is it? The traditional wave? A simple point of the hand towards the ground? A thumbs up?I know we all get the occasional “Number One” wave from a motorist asthey pass us, but I was wondering what type of wave should be done.
Best Regards
Tim Redden
Greensboro, North CarolinaWWBDD?
Editors,
See, poor Mr. Sheldrake (“YoungGuns: “It’s all just so caray-zee“) has demonstrated the downfallof waving to everybody without discrimination. In the case of Stalker No.2, I’m sure Mejo just wants to be friends, but pursuit so dogged can getto be a drag.I suggest we all learn the cordial but tight-assed brief nod when passingother cyclists. It serves to acknowledge, but not to invite, overly friendlyattentions.Just ask yourself, “What would Bob Dole do?” and it’ll come out justfine.
Greg Goth
Oakville, ConnecticutAggressively polite
Hey Dogs;
Finally!! I thought I was the only one who was pissed about the non-wavingroadies. It has gotten to the point that I regularly turn around and chasedown roadie types to confront them.For some reason, my wife doesn’t ride with me, unless I ride at least 200 yards ahead. She hates it when I chase down some guy who just blew off my greeting and yell angrily ” Hey! I said Good Morning“!Nine times out of 10 they just look back stunned and say “Good morning?”I usually reply with “That’s more like it.”No bull. It’s a ton of fun. If your not afraid of an occasional fight,you should try it sometime. If you think I’m kidding, just go rude ridingyour 10-speed in south Orange County, California, and sooner or later I’llcatch you!Mark Salmon
Fullerton CaliforniaWell, all we know is that Bob Dole would never do that. – EditorVeloNews – a fashion statement?
Dear VeloNews,
Just wanted to let you know that reading VeloNews makes me laughout loud! I love the Sunflowers,the Nixon wave  (see “Wednesday’sMail Bag”), and the age old debate of mountain bikers versus roadies!I never thought I would give up Vogue for VeloNews.One of your women readers,
Eli Aramburo
Sunny San Francisco mountain bikerRichard I
Dear Velo,
Hey! Nice picture of Nixon. What race was he winning?
Christopher LloydMiami, August 8, 1968, winning his second Tour de Nomination –Editor


The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@7Dogs.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.