Friday’s mailbag: Davis and Roberto, together again

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@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.Here’s to more miles for DavisEditor:My respect to the fine tribute written by Lennard Zinn in his article “Riding with Davis.” I traveled to Tuscany to ride with Andy Hampsten and Mark Mahan, who also guides for the Carpenter-Phinney group,

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@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.


Here’s to more miles for Davis
Editor:
My respect to the fine tribute written by Lennard Zinn in his article “Riding with Davis.” I traveled to Tuscany to ride with Andy Hampsten and Mark Mahan, who also guides for the Carpenter-Phinney group, and had the honor and pleasure of riding, enjoying a meal and wine with Davis. He is a proud and tough individual, with a loving and caring wife, Connie Carpenter. We can only wish more years of riding ahead for him and hope he continues to share his stories and cycling experiences. Vincent Del Duca
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Zinn piece wonderful to read
Editor:
Thank you so much for the article on Davis Phinney. I have been wondering how he was doing, and Lennard Zinn’s emotive commentary was wonderful to read. I wish Davis, Connie and their family the best of luck, and commend them for their continued devotion to cycling.

Margaret Thompson
Clinton, New York

Davis has touched many lives
Editor:
I was a big Davis Phinney fan growing up in Boulder back in the ’70’s and 80’s. I’ll never forget the day when Davis and others showed up on the Sandvolds’ lawn to give us a pep talk just before one of our Red Zinger Mini Classic stages. Davis pumped us up with words of encouragement, and I knew even then how giving he was to come down to a neighborhood crit and cheer us on.

Later on during the Coors Classic back in the ’80’s, I witnessed amazing determination during the North Boulder Park stage. Davis went down hard in the “alley” on the back side of the course. Covered in road rash, he got a wheel change and hitched back on the train. Davis, of course, went on to win the stage. He came out to the podium covered with bandages and a broken wrist and needed help to ascend the podium.

These stories aren’t meant to eulogize Davis, but to remind people of his immense heart and fortitude, two qualities that will help steer him through this terrible disease. I wish you health and happiness, Davis. You’ve touched many lives.

Timothy Pazier
Tacoma, Washington

Gaggioli’s got it all wrong
Editor:
Apparently, Gaggioli thinks that the rest of us are losers. In a response to all of the uproar from the cycling community concerning his physical assault on Sundt and subsequent suspension, he stated “So the people, especially the ones posting the articles, I feel sorry for them because I am going to be there a longer time than them. I think these people there don’t have any life. That is why they are posting there.” (I’m paraphrasing here.)

Tell Gaggioli this: My life’s just fine. My life as a professor, father, and amateur racer is joyful and rewarding in more ways than words can say. And I get to race this weekend with my buddies while my kids scream, “Go Daddy, go,” while you get sit on your lonely and ostracized butt and watch PBR bull riding on OLN.

Robert LaChausse
San Bernardino, California

Gaggioli’s spreading it awfully thick
Editor:
A “lover, not a fighter?” Give me a break! I hope VeloNews readers are not buying Gaggioli’s bullshit. He is far from level-headed.

Chad Hummer
Phoenix, Arizona


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@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.