Thanksgiving mail bag: A kinder, gentler O’Grady? Bad awards and … the same old stuff.

Do what you know; know what you doDear VeloNews;I read your magazine and web page because I love cycling and am anavid, yet middle-of-the-pack sport class mountain-bike racer. I also happento be politically conservative.I was disturbed to read "The2003 O'Grady Awards." The way you bashed and insulted anyone who isnot a liberal was surprising and out of place. Stick with what you know...cycling,and let the Bush administration to do what they do better then any left-wingpresident (see record of Slick Willy Clinton) would or could do...protectour country and it's citizens from terrorists.Stick

Do what you know; know what you do
Dear VeloNews;
I read your magazine and web page because I love cycling and am anavid, yet middle-of-the-pack sport class mountain-bike racer. I also happento be politically conservative.I was disturbed to read “The2003 O’Grady Awards.” The way you bashed and insulted anyone who isnot a liberal was surprising and out of place. Stick with what you know…cycling,and let the Bush administration to do what they do better then any left-wingpresident (see record of Slick Willy Clinton) would or could do…protectour country and it’s citizens from terrorists.Stick to the politics of the UCI and USA Cycling. That’s obviously whereyour political knowledge begins and ends.
Rod Ciardullo
Locust Valley, NYYou’re right. He’s fired, again. – EditorHe’s not rude enough
Editors;
For as long as I can remember, well, the last few years anyway, I’velooked forward to Mr. O’Grady’s annual awards and deeply demented diatribe.However, this year, I am beginning to wonder if Mr. O’Grady has notlowered his hackles a bit, for the 2003 awards seem somewhat milk toastiancompared to years past. Quite good, mind you. Though, for this year, Idid not come away from any of his awards with the certainty that the [person/organization/etc.]skewered by an O’Grady barb is going to spend their last dime and lastbreath in a defamation lawsuit. Has O’Grady been talking to Mionske?
Mike Ingram
Idaho Falls, IdahoOooo…now that one’s gotta hurt. No, we don’t think our usually hysterical hack has resorted to checking in with our resident legal columnist. To be honest, we don’t know what it is. He just doesn’t seem quite as angry these days. He has a delightful wife, rides a lot, enjoys a nice French wine now and then… all bad signs in our book. It could be that he’s just mellowing with age. He’ll be 50 in March, ya know. – EditorPlaying Scrabble
Editors;
Regarding O’Grady’s “There is no ‘I’ in team” award, just remember,there is an ‘M’ and an ‘E,’ though not necessarily in that order.Peter Rhodes
Concord, New HampshireThere is also a ‘T’ and an ‘A,’ which brings us to our next letter…- Editor

What about the bills?
Editors;
I’m tired of all these people sending hate mail about the provocativeWrench Science advertisement on the web page. They seem to take this freesite for granted, not realizing that you guys depend on such adds to payfor the site and keep the site (once again) free.Geez, they should praise the existence of such companies wishing toadvertise in a time when cycling sponsorship and interest is at an alltime low.
Doug Paris
Chapel Hill, NCGood choice
Hi,
You are right, Geneviève Jeanson is the greatest at 22 (See”Jeansonnamed North American Female Cyclist of the Year“).
 
Bravo for choosing her!
Richard Lavigne
Laval, QuébecAmerica first
Editors;
Your choice of LanceArmstrong as International Cyclist of the Year is just another exampleof typical U.S. egocentrism. What about Vinokourov for cyclist of the year?Maybe as Americans we should vote for George W. Bush for Cyclist of theYear– he’s probably been on a bike ride this year. Can anyone tell mehow many races Lance won this year — beyond the overall at the Tour (notto belittle that achievement)???And oh yeah, what about Tyler and Petacchi?
Brian McGee
Jackson, WyomingOnly the good get grief
VeloNews;
The reader distress about your selection of Lance Armstrong as InternationalCyclist of the Year ignores a mankind-long truth: The Greatest Get theGreatest.
 
However, to satisfy those who eternally speak up for their second greatest,their lists should be compiled for an annual “Almost the InternationalCyclist of the Year” award which would include an appropriate fanny patch.
Victor Morgan
Saint Petersburg, Florida


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