Notes from the road: A carb-free column on a TV tray

Earlier this week, McDonald’s announced that it would be phasing out “Supersizing” by the end of this year. What’s the world coming to? Since when do the wheels of progress move backwards? In one of the great innovations in capitalism, Mickey D’s found a way to take a penny’s worth of soda syrup and a nickel’s worth of French fries and tack on 39 cents to millions of orders. And now, they’re doing away with it? What, in the name of public relations? Just because they helped spawn a nationwide epidemic of obesity and health problems is no reason to do away with an institution. It’s just

By Bryan Jew, VeloNews managing editor

Earlier this week, McDonald’s announced that it would be phasing out “Supersizing” by the end of this year. What’s the world coming to? Since when do the wheels of progress move backwards?

In one of the great innovations in capitalism, Mickey D’s found a way to take a penny’s worth of soda syrup and a nickel’s worth of French fries and tack on 39 cents to millions of orders. And now, they’re doing away with it? What, in the name of public relations? Just because they helped spawn a nationwide epidemic of obesity and health problems is no reason to do away with an institution. It’s just un-American. What’s next?

With that in mind, however, I’m slimming down my column for this week ….

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With just a week to go before the National Racing Calendar opener, here’s a few of the names expected to be on hand for the McLane Pacific Classic next weekend:

Colavita: Mark McCormack, Will Frischkorn, Nathan O’Neill, Ivan Dominguez

Health Net: Gord Fraser, John Lieswyn, Danny Pate, Chris Wherry

Jelly Belly: Alex Candelario, Jonas Carney, Mariano Friedick

Ofoto-Lombardi Sports: Erik Saunders, Andy Bajadali, Tim Larkin

Sierra Nevada: Trent Klasna, Eric Wohlberg, Glen Mitchell

Webcor: Chris Horner, Charles Dionne, John Peters

Some of the riders to keep a close eye on will be O’Neill, Fraser, Lieswyn, Friedick, Klasna, Wohlberg and Horner, who have all shown some good form in the early season, whether in Arizona, California or Langkawi.

Lyne Bessette and her Quark team will headline the women’s field, with Basis and Victory Brewing also scheduled to be on hand for the two-day event.

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Last weekend, U.S. track racers were in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the World Cup track qualifier. Based on the weekend of racing, and results from February’s World Cup opener in Moscow, the following riders will be heading to Aguascaliente, Mexico, March 12-14 for round 2:

Men

Giddeon Massie, ( team sprint, sprint); Marty Nothstein (team sprint, keirin); Adam Duvendeck (team sprint); Christian Stahl (team sprint, kilo); Colby Pearce (scratch race, points race, Madison); James Carney (Madison); Joseph D’Antoni (individual pursuit)

Women

Tanya Lindenmuth (sprint, 500m, team sprint, keirin); Jennie Reed (sprint, team sprint, keirin); Erin Mirabella (individual pursuit, scratch race, points race); Rebecca Quinn (points race, scratch race)

With U.S. Olympic starting spots hinging on the overall World Cup standings and world championships placings, the heat is on for U.S. riders to perform. Look for more details on what it’s going to take to qualify in an upcoming VeloNews (cover date: April 19)

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Just a guess, but I think opposing baseball fans will have worse things to say than “do-pay” when Barry Bonds steps up to the plate this season.

With all of the “before-and-after” photo series we’ve been seeing as the media speculates on who’s using steroids, what are we supposed to conclude from “before-and-after” photos of some of the cycling greats of the past? That they’ve been doing some serious pastries since they’ve retired?

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For all the abuse it’s been taking from VN readers, I sure hope USA Cycling got a few dozen Tim Horton’s donuts thrown into the deal when it agreed to issue Geneviève Jeanson a racing license and bail the CCA out of an Olympic-year mess.

With all the controversy that ensued, you’d think USA Cycling had issued a gay marriage license instead of an international bike racing license.

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And finally, I have to report that after my nine-month experiment without cable TV, I’m finally going to re-up. Night after night of local TV news is what finally broke me down. The final straws? A lead story on the capture of a man who burned a dog, and the lead sports story on cornerback Champ Bailey attending a Nuggets game. Oh please, give me back my SportsCenter.