Friday’s mailbag: Redlands, dope, mullets – and the return of the rant

Thanks for the Redlands coverageVeloNews:Many thanks to Velonews.com for its coverage of the Redlands Classic. The very large field attests to the importance of this race for domestic cycling. Nowhere else can I find even any mention of this race. Chris Horner's performance both here and in San Francisco last September speak volumes as to the quality of the top domestic riders. Keep up the good work! Jonathan WrightToledo, Ohio(where we are still waiting for spring) Manzano's revelations show we've been suckeredVeloNews:Former Kelme rider Jesus Manzano's recent revelations about drug use

Thanks for the Redlands coverage
VeloNews:
Many thanks to Velonews.com for its coverage of the Redlands Classic. The very large field attests to the importance of this race for domestic cycling. Nowhere else can I find even any mention of this race. Chris Horner’s performance both here and in San Francisco last September speak volumes as to the quality of the top domestic riders. Keep up the good work!

Jonathan Wright
Toledo, Ohio
(where we are still waiting for spring)

Manzano’s revelations show we’ve been suckered
VeloNews:
Former Kelme rider Jesus Manzano’s recent revelations about drug use are too knowledgeable and detailed to be wiped away as “fabrications.” It appears we cycling fans are the ones who have been duped. When will the testing procedures get some rigor and teeth?

Jim Croxton

USADA’s making scapegoat of Sbeih
VeloNews:
Thought I would drop you folks a line to let you know that I couldn’t disagree with the USADA more! I have known and raced with Adham Sbeih for a number of years, and feel that he is being used as an example. For years people have been getting away with stuff like this and now they have to stop it, by using someone who isn’t a big enough name to hurt the sport, but big enough to make people think about what is going on in cycling (and et al).

I can remember discussing with others, how we, as riders, would only eat certain things and avoid others (like poppy-seed muffins – Alexi Grewal ring a bell?). That makes a point that not all tests are as conclusive or certain as the USADA makes their tests out to be. They may detect something, but is it really what they think it is or is it a muffin? Thanks.

Steve Ghorley
Former Sacramento River rider

No pity, no mercy
VeloNews:
No pity for a cheater. Maybe it would help if all the drug regulators got together for all professional sports, not just cycling, and said that if you test positive for EPO, ‘roids or any drugs, you can no longer compete, period. Maybe it’s harsh, but perhaps doping/drug use would stop.

Earl Aneas
Kingsport

The numbers aren’t encouraging
VeloNews:
Wow! The UCI says, “The analysis of samples shows that 90 percent of riders out there are clean.” So “only” one of every 10 peloton pros are doped? Is that supposed to be impressive?

Billy Newmyer
Durango, Colorado

Going ape for mullets
VeloNews:
Mullets are also known as “ape drape,” as in “I’ve Got An Ape Drape,” the song made famous by The Vandals.

Eric Kavert
Columbia Falls, Montana

Welcome back to old what’s-his-face
VeloNews:
Welcome back to Stuart O’Grady’s long-lost relation. I was wondering what happened to him. He helps make sure we don’t treat ourselves too seriously.

Scott Bombard
Scott, we found him sleeping under an old Toyota truck in the VN parking lot. We hosed him off, gave him a beer, a crayon and a Big Chief tablet, and the rest is history. – Editor

Give that man a cuppa Joe
VeloNews:
Hallelujah! O’Grady’s “back in town.” What a boring couple of months it has been reading ’bout Lance and Sheryl and Krispy Kreme, yada-yada-yada, ad infinitum. I’m FedExing a quadruple cappuccino (dry, of course) to keep the fires stoked. Write on, brother!

Mark Lally
South of John Kerryville (but don’t hold it against me)

New highs (or lows)
Mr. O’Grady,
You have cited to the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Drunken Cyclist in one rant. You have reached new highs (or lows, depending on your perspective). I am glad you are back at VeloNews. Keep up the good work!

Robert M. Lorey

The right wing waves hello to the left wing
VeloNews:
As a religious right-wing conservative, I have this to say about the return of the Foaming Rant … welcome back, Patrick! I’ve missed you.

Mark Kennedy
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Short and sweet
VeloNews:
O’Grady, you’ve outdone yourself again. And you didn’t need to go on for pages on this one. This one was sublime, in less than 1000 words. That was the best inside joke about cycling I’ve read in a long time.

Peter Carlton

Say, who’s running your HR department, anyway?
VeloNews:
Actually, it’s kind of interesting to read a journalist who doesn’t take journalism seriously. Now how was it again that he got a job?

Glenn Nemec
We’re not exactly clear on that ourselves, Glenn. He was just kind of there one day when we all came to work, busily typing away with whichever dirty fingers weren’t occupied probing his nostrils or ears and taking big gulps from a mug that he said contained coffee but smelled more like George Dickel. Well, everybody figured somebody must’ve hired him, and by the time we realized that nobody actually had, he’d gotten us into a couple of lawsuits and we had to keep him around for depositions and court appearances, and the Ministry of Employment Security wouldn’t let us fire him anyway (this is the People’s Republic of Boulder, remember). Anyway, since we never actually hired him, we don’t have to pay him, and he scares the Jehovah’s Witnesses away, so we decided it wasn’t such a bad deal after all. Except for the smell, of course. –Editor


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