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Monday’s mailbag: U.S. pursuit squad; Mr. Spellcheck redux; ‘cross picks; and another young reader chimes in

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.There’s hope for a U.S. pursuit squadEditor:I recently read a letter from one of your readers noting that the U.S. once again will not have a team pursuit team in the upcoming World Cup (see Friday’s mailbag: “In (four-man) pursuit of excellence?”). I am writing to inform you that we

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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.


There’s hope for a U.S. pursuit squad
Editor:
I recently read a letter from one of your readers noting that the U.S. once again will not have a team pursuit team in the upcoming World Cup (see Friday’s mailbag: “In (four-man) pursuit of excellence?”). I am writing to inform you that we have taken steps to hopefully reverse this trend.

Northwestern Mortgage Corporation announced this year the formation of a U.S. pro track endurance team. The team is being coached and directed by two-time Olympian Jame Carney. Jame will be taking four of our riders to Australia to train in the team pursuit with hopes of making the Sydney World Cup and the world championships in Los Angeles. These four riders were part of the U.S. national team pursuit championship team. They are Mike Friedman, Josh Kerkhof, Bobby Lea and Gui Nelessen, all U23 riders who we hope will be able to reverse this trend and eventually give the U.S. a strong team not only for the upcoming world’s but also the 2008 Olympics.

The team’s progress can be tracked and viewed at www.teamnmc.com. We here at Northwestern Mortgage Corp. are as passionate about US cycling as are the readers of VeloNews.

Richard J. Loch
President, Northwestern Mortgage Corp.
Effort, Pennsylvania

Mr. Spellcheck knows his business
Editor:
Regarding “The further adventures of Mr. Spellcheck”, if you type “VeloNews” in Microsoft Word, the closest match you get is “vileness.”

Peter Krogh
Nevada City, California

Yeah, we’ve noticed that, and it seems appropriate, especially when editing one of Patrick O’Grady’s foaming rants. The closest match to “O’Grady” that Mr. Spellcheck provides is “ogre (n) 1. an evil giant or monster in fairy tales, especially one who eats people; 2. a person who is particularly unpleasant and frightening.” – Editor

One of Mr. Spellcheck’s bosses chimes in
Editor:
We’ll add “peloton” to our list of words to add to the spelling dictionary at the next revision. And, yes, we do amuse ourselves by looking at our own suggestions from time to time.

Doug Potter
Development Lead, Microsoft
Seattle, Washington

Who’s gonna win ’cross nats? Duh….
Editor:
Duh. Jonathan Page. Two minutes up with one leg tied behind his back. After he’s been up all night changing baby Emma’s diapers.

Dawn Richardson
Providence, Rhode Island

Powers will pound ’em in U-23
Editor:
For all the people with their heads in the sand trying to predict the U23 race at ‘cross nats, I find it amazing that people forget who the real favorite is.

Jelly Belly rider and New England homeboy Jeremy Powers is back from Europe this week, and will have you all eating your words shortly. Anyone who’s been following Jeremy’s results in the European races knows he’s a level above the other U23’s, much as Jon Page is a level above the rest of the U.S. elite field.

It will, however, be an exciting race between his former Northampton Cycling Club teammate Matt White and Jesse Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) for second.

Adam F. Hodges Myerson
Northampton, Massachusetts

Tasty photos, and the pages are quite edible, too
Editor:
He followed the Tour closely, but he was quite disappointed in his namesake. Each month we look at the photos and I read to him how everyone is doing. Baden did tell me that you should make the pages taste bad so he will stop eating them after “ooohhing” at the pictures.

For the record: This reader’s name is Baden Koch (pronounced “cook”) future Paris-Roubaix winner (we’ll say 2028).

Brent Koch
Carlsbad, California


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.