Monday’s mailbag: Mystery Phonak rider, Magnus, Connecticut, McEwen and that dopey O’Grady

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.Who was that Phonak rider on Highway 36?Editor:Any reason Tyler Hamilton would be back on U.S. soil? I saw him riding north on Highway 36 on May 11. I would be surprised if anyone not only had full cold-weather Phonak gear, but also a BMC team

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.


Who was that Phonak rider on Highway 36?
Editor:
Any reason Tyler Hamilton would be back on U.S. soil? I saw him riding north on Highway 36 on May 11. I would be surprised if anyone not only had full cold-weather Phonak gear, but also a BMC team bike. Plus I know that face anywhere. I wonder if he wanted a quick altitude fix before the team trains in the Pyrénées? Go Tyler!

Ron Schuman
Lyons, Colorado

Funny you should mention it, Ron. Tyler describes his quick trip stateside in his “Tyler Tunes” column, which graces issue No. 10 of the print edition of VeloNews. The mag should be hitting mailboxes around June 1. – Editor

Magnus rules
Editor:
I absolutely love Magnus Backstedt’s commentary. I even got my husband hooked on his daily diary of the exploits and tactics in the Giro peloton. Any chance he’ll be available during the Tour? Keep up the good work, Magnus!

Terri Zullo
Bozeman, Montana

Terri, we expect that the magnificent Magnus will continue his reports from the Tour. – Editor

More on Magnus
Editor:
Okay, I’ll admit it, I occasionally skip things in both my VeloNews magazine and online. When I first saw the title “Magnus Opus,” I skipped by. But by the third time I saw it, I gave it a read. Boy, am I glad I did! Magnus writes like he’s your friend sending you a letter, much like the style of Frankie Andreu and Tyler Hamilton. It’s great reading and excellent support to the day’s stages. I hope you have him back for many more races. Thanks!

Mitch Frey

Bike racing: The next generation
Editor:
Standing under the finish tower, banging the side boards and cheering at the top of our lungs as the U.S. national road race champ shoots off the front to take the first stage of the Tour of Connecticut! All of this 10 minutes from my house! Too awesome for words. I turned to my 7-year-old son as the peloton whizzed by and asked, “Isn’t this way cooler than going to a baseball game?” His reply: “Dad, when am I going to big enough to ride your road bike?” He’s hooked. As always, thanks for the exceptional coverage. Patrick M. Cunningham
New Hartford, Connecticut

McEwen is a classless cheater
Editor:
Once more Robbie McEwen shows he is no more than a common cheater. In today’s Giro stage he is clearly shown using a hand sling from a teammate to get on Petacchi’s wheel, and in doing so barges in front of “Fast Freddie” Rodriguez, initiating Fred’s slip back from the first few wheels in the sprint.

Over the past years Rob has shown he is a loudmouthed, classless, cheating loser. Why do they keep allowing him to race? The officials relegated him to last place on the day because of his ways; they should relegate him straight back to whatever rock he crawled out from under. He is a little man indeed and the rest of the peloton deserves to be free of him.

Chris Bevens
Seattle

Brain damage, sure, but O’Grady’s “productive,” sort of
Editor:
O’Grady is definitely living proof that dope damages your brain (See “Friday’s foaming rant: Up in smoke”). But lo and behold, he somehow ended up being a “productive” citizen who is now around to seriously antagonize everyone with no sense of humor in this world – and that is treasure indeed. Let’s think of how he might have turned out had he been busted today. I feel for Myles, but them’s the risks in a land of laws, you take the good with the bad and you make choices on which ones to challenge.

Ed Ellinger
Evergreen, Colorado

Rambling dope rant was the dullest story ever
Editor:
What the hell was this guy babbling about? I started reading his story and unfortunately wasted five minutes reading the whole thing. I kept thinking that something was going to evolve; it didn’t. Does he get paid to write boring, pointless stories like that? From what I gather, he can’t ride a bike, can’t grow weed, can’t drive, and can’t even get arrested. That was the dullest story I have ever read.

I thought this was a mag about bicycles and racing. Actually I love the mag, and the information is great. The clown who wrote this story needs to find something he can do and then phone his mother, but please don’t go public with it.

Dimitri Harris
Jonesboro, Arkansas

You are woefully wrong, sir. O’Grady has been arrested. But not for drugs. At least, not yet. – Editor

Don’t like it? There’s the door, here’s your hat …
Editor:
Puh-leeze, enough of you whiners complaining about VeloNews needing to “raise their standards” and threats to go elsewhere for more “professional commentary.” Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

VeloNews is the best bike rag out there – bar none – precisely because of their irreverence, “low-life egotistical comments” and “foaming rants.” I have a degree in creative-writing English, and I know where to go if I want to read great literary works (sorry guys, it ain’t here!). But for good, old-fashioned entertainment, humor, life-in-the-trenches commentary and top-of-their game information – you can’t beat VeloNews with the devil’s trident.

So, get a life – or at least a sense of humor – or go read a “real” bike magazine (you know, the ones with yet another “1001 Ways To Improve Your Climbing” or “Top 10 Places To Ride In The Mohave”) . . . y-awn.

Susan Miller
Warwick, New York


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.