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VeloNews.com welcomes your letters. If you run across somethingin the pages of VeloNews magazine or see something on VeloNews.comthat causes you to want to write us, dropus a line.Please include your full name and home town. By submitting mail to thisaddress, you are consenting to the publication of your letter.Oh Lord, what hath he wrought?Editor;Long live barriers.  (see “Friday'sfoaming rant: Losin' my religion”)I'm such a retro-grouch luddite that I sometimes frown on the bunnyhop. Barriers and portage were originally invented to thaw the frozen feetof riders who'd

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Oh Lord, what hath he wrought?
Editor;
Long live barriers.  (see “Friday’sfoaming rant: Losin’ my religion”)I’m such a retro-grouch luddite that I sometimes frown on the bunnyhop. Barriers and portage were originally invented to thaw the frozen feetof riders who’d otherwise go numb from the cold. Part of the sick fun of’cross’ is the stumbling, bumbling, damn-my-cleat-got-stuck-and-my-pedal-whacked-my-ankle-nowI-gotta-run-up-this-damn-barrier-clad-hill kind of enjoyment that onlythis form of cycling provides.Look, ‘crossers are freaks (I know I’m one of them), why would you wantto make this sport less freaky?What’s next, Look Pedals in a ‘cross race. Granted the sand in Zolderwas nasty and provided the same amount of gut wrench that a good barriersection does, but was it as cool to watch? There is something so inspiringwatching someone dismount and jump, and run and jump, and run and remountso effortlessly that they resemble one of those gymnast/horse riders doingtricks at the rodeo.Mr. O’Grady I’m right there with ya and don’t worry about your ticketinto hell. I’m working the door and I’ll put you on the guest list.Matt Hale
San Diego, CAReal barriers should stay
Dear Editor;
‘Cross without barriers?As a rider who has only dipped his toe into the sport, I have to saythat I don’t mind the running, but I do mind the all-too-common row ofplanks obstacle.I understand that planks are an inexpensive choice for cash-strappedrace organizers and have little impact on the land that we must share withother users, but mountain bikers can hop them and the sandbaggersjust glide too easily over them.Give me an uphill set of icy concete steps, a frozen mud trough or off-camberpea gravel. To this novice, ‘cross should be a crucible, not a cakewalk.Let us suffer.Sal RuibalDamn the tradition, full speed ahead!
Editor;
Regarding the whole barriers in ‘cross thing. It’s just evolution ofsport, man.As a ‘cross spectator, I’d actually like to see more of an actual bikerace, rather than see who can travel over or through an unnatural obstaclewithout falling on his face.Cyclo-cross riders should be forced to run due to a variance in naturalterrain (steep hills, mud bogs, etc.), instead of having to succumb toa ridiculous tradition. We all ride because we like to ride. We participateand/or watch bike racing because we like to see damn good riding. How oftendo you wish you could go watch a bunch of guys get off of their bikes foran hour?Erik Long
Bend, OregonO’Grady is offensive to Christians
Dear Editor;
I know this guy is just joking around in his foaming rant, but it isobvious to me that this guy is not a Christian or else he wouldn’t so lightlymix religion and sports. Also some people don’t take some of his comments,such as his closing remarks of worshiping Satan, lightly. No Christianwould joke like that.So then…if he is not a Christian, he has absolutely no business quotingHoly Scripture in any manner. Please find some other way to getyour point across.Thank you.
Bryan
Houston, TX.Not offended
Editor;
Great article with highly quick witted metaphorically enhanced examplesof the author’s opinion. Save the barriers.
Amen.
Brian BigelowForced to skip church
Editor;
This (Sunday) morning the Ottawa Bicycle Club cyclo-cross series began.I had planned to go to worship them but,alas, I had a visitor.Of all the athletic events my husband and I officiated for over25 years (country-country skiing, running, white and flat water canoe &kayaking, and cycling) we agreed that the cyclo-cross participants werea breed apart- and the group we most enjoy to be with.
 
I may have been forced to skip church, but I’ve just said my prayersby re-reading your rant!
Amen.
J. FraserNo pasteurized ‘cross product, please
Editor;
Thanks for the rant. For some unknown reason (or at least a reasonI don’t want to understand) those who make the rules desire to turn ourbeloved bike fun into Velveeta cheese. . .smooth and creamy but no flavoror nutritional value.Give me the stinky cheese of biking and a good port to wash it downwith! I say to hell and be gone! Nothing quite as pure as a well executeddismount, run up, and remount. I’ve screwed up enough of them to know.
 
Charles KurreDitto
Amen!
Mark LandryHave another sip
Editor:
Amen!! Brother O’Grady!Say… what’s in this Kool-Aid?Dan IngramWhy not?
To the all-knowing at VeloNews:
I’ve been wondering about this for a while and decided to ask the question:As far as you know, has cyclo-cross ever been considered for the winterOlympics?
Thanks,
Dan KernerThere has been discussion, but unfortunately there has only beenlimited support. The International Olympic Committee is reluctant to addnew sports, without removing others first and given the fact that the UCIhas no winter sports to trade for ‘cross, the prospect is pretty small…unless of course you could convince someone in Lausanne that cyclo-crosswould be even more exciting than, say, curling! – Editor


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