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Monday’s mailbag: Stomach troubles, beliefs, doubts and character

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com. 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.Uuuuuurpppp....Dear VeloNews,Ugh...talk about making your stomach lurch (see "Friday's foaming rant: Gobble, gobble, gobble"). No, not O'Grady's writing...well, sort of...just the thought of eating 53 hotdogs in a year is enough to make my stomach turn, let alone 12 minutes.Then the

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The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com. 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.


Uuuuuurpppp….
Dear VeloNews,
Ugh…talk about making your stomach lurch (see “Friday’s foaming rant: Gobble, gobble, gobble“). No, not O’Grady’s writing…well, sort of…just the thought of eating 53 hotdogs in a year is enough to make my stomach turn, let alone 12 minutes.Then the thought that Takeru Kobayashi makes more than USA Cycling can “cough up” for the entire NORBA National Series. Talk about a Pepto moment.
Heather Szabo
Tokyo Joe’s Team Manager & Racer
Boulder, ColoradoTyler fan like “Cycling in the News”
Dear Velo,
Thanks for new link on your web page and newsletter, “Cycling in the News.” (see also Sal Ruibal’s, “Hamilton fights for ‘fairness for everyone’ in drug testing” in USA TODAY)I, too, fully believe and support Tyler.I know that many cyclists are purists at heart, but I do find it upsetting that pro athletes in the “ball” sports get away with proverbial murder and second, third and fourth chances — not to mention celeb’s – whereas if there is the slightest indication of an infraction in our sport,we go bonkers. Additionally, it seems that we have been mislead in much of the “official” reports on Tyler. Perhaps this is the opportunity the sport has been given to review its processes — both testing and the resultant reporting — to ensure their validity.
Amos Perrine
Charleston, West VirginiaQuestions, questions, questions…
Dear Editor
Even though I am/was a huge Tyler fan, after hearing about his positivedoping test, I just assumed he was guilty as I do every other cyclist whotests positive for doping. Let’s face it, how many times does someoneget busted and ‘fess up to their cheating ways? Almost never.However, in light of Tyler’s latest press release, I have had to seriously reconsider my position on his guilt/innocence. He has raised some very serious questions, that now leaves me questioning the validity, honesty, and motives of the various drug testing agencies involved.For now, I remain undecided,
George Manousakis
Salt Lake City, UtahThey could have made it easier on themselves
To The Editor(s)
Regarding Tyler Hamilton’s Statement and the piece on “Taking on the testers.” It would have been so much easier on everyone – especially us fans and others that want to believe him – if immediately after being informed about a positive in the Olympics and then at the Vuelta, Tyler had simply gone to some respected medical establishment like a major Swiss University and had a separate blood test. If what he says in his press release is correct, the new samples and their results could have at least been presented to buttress his position.However, Tyler, his advisors and Phonak instead sank $800.000 in preparing a “Dream Team” style defense, attacking the doping regulation’s legal grammatical verbiage and making an OJ-esque “Chain of custody/handling” challenge. At this point I am also sure they will likely find a “Mr. Fong” to beat-up on regarding the latter.
Sal Garcia
Seattle, WashingtonCharacter counts
Dear Editor
Enough already for months now I’ve had to read all the armchair drug testers, statisticians and naysayers define and defame Tyler Hamilton.What about character?Tyler’s life, accomplishments and struggles over the years has defined his character. Shame on all who define Tyler’s life and pass judgment on him by test tube.
Gregory “Chopper Dave” Rupert
Ohio


The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com. 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.