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The Mail bag: Likes the live stuff

Dear Editor;Thanks for the live coverage. As someone who doesn't get OLN I look forward to your live coverage of the classics. The only problem is that it has been taking away from my graduate school work. I keep checking back every five minutes instead of studying!! I may fail, but at least I'll know how the sprint finished. Keep up the great work.Todd ShapiroTodd, we appreciate your comments, but would also like to apologize for the spotty coverage we've had out of the Tour of Georgia this year. We seem to have a good system in place for the big European races and will have a full crew

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Dear Editor;
Thanks for the live coverage. As someone who doesn’t get OLN I look forward to your live coverage of the classics. The only problem is that it has been taking away from my graduate school work. I keep checking back every five minutes instead of studying!! I may fail, but at least I’ll know how the sprint finished.

Keep up the great work.Todd ShapiroTodd, we appreciate your comments, but would also like to apologize for the spotty coverage we’ve had out of the Tour of Georgia this year. We seem to have a good system in place for the big European races and will have a full crew working with us throughout Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. However, we still have miles to go right here in the U.S. We were able to cover the Saturn Classic last year throughout because News Editor Charles Pelkey was right there in the break with a satellite phone. It’s a lot better – and a ton more expensive – than the cells we’ve been using in Georgia. We promise to improve on it and give you even more reasons to blow off your studies. Just don’t blame us when choke during your comp’s. — Editor

Gee Chris… just shuddup and ride
Dear Editor;
I was surprised to read the following comments in Friday’s report fromthe Tour de Georgia: 

“It’s almost embarrassing, for a Division 2 team to haveto have a Division 3 team defend their lead for them.”
Saturn’s Chris Horner following Stage3 of the Dodge Tour de Georgia.
One has to wonder whether Horner’s comments weren’t followed with a “WAHHHH!I want my bottle!”

After bad-mouthing the Navigators team earlier in the week for ‘notriding too smart’ for being quick to chase down moves, Horner did an about-faceand ripped them for not doing anything to chase down a three-man breakthat included Prime Alliance’s Jonathan Vaughters.

Guess they took your ‘advice’ from the other day a little too seriously,eh? Frankly, it comes off sounding like sour grapes. Did Navigators havean obligation to do some of the chasing today? Sure. But I also don’t blamethem for not doing so. With two Saturn riders within seven seconds of raceleader Henk Vogels on GC, they’re the ones who would stand to benefit fromNavigators blowing their load on a big chase effort. Given how Saturn hassmacked everyone around this spring (while the Navigators ‘A-team’ wasin Europe, it should be noted), it’s tough to work up much sympathy forthem-particularly when Horner can’t manage to just be diplomatic, keephis trap shut, and look ahead to Saturday’s stage.

As for his comment about being embarassing for a Division 3 to haveto work for a Division 2 team, I think what’s more embarassing is thatSaturn, which I’ll bet has a bigger budget than Navigators, is masqueradingas a Division 3 ‘developmental pro’ team and using the money it saves onUCI fees to poach guys like Horner, Charles Dionne, etc. from smaller teamsthat can’t afford to jet around the world to Langkawi and the Peace Race.

Bob Schuchert
Detroit, MI

In defense of The Pirate
Editor:
I know you’re trying to be funny, but please give Marco Pantani a breakabout having his ears tucked back. It’s called otoplasty, and many peoplehave this procedure done to improve their appearance.

Some people go through their entire lives teased about their “sticky-out”ears, and this relatively minor operation gives them a whole new look andboost of self-esteem. Everyone, even Marco Pantani, wants to feel betterabout how they look.

And really, the remark about ugly children was really unnecessary. Inpoint of fact, Marco is definitely what we girls call “cute,” and his newears will just make him cuter.

Mimi SheeanYoda is cute, too, and he rarely speaks of himself in the third person.– Editor

Food for the ramblin’ man
Editor:
This is a note to Bryan Jew. Macon has a lot of great food, from fancyFrench and Continental to the traditional “meat and three [side dishes]”places. Not far from the race route, just beyond City Hall, is the H&Hcafe. It’s an ancient meat-and-three place run by black entrepreneurs.It was the Allman Brothers’ home away from home when they lived in Maconand recorded at Capricorn just down the street.
 
D. Christopher Wells

We had a feeling Gregg Allman wasn’t a granola kind of guy, judgingby the size of him. Despite the large number of restaurant suggestionsBryan received from readers before he left for the Tour de Georgia, weexpect he will come back looking better than Mr. Allman. – Editor

More Dr. Dawn and women’s racing, please
Editor:
Hey, I really liked Dawn Richardson’s “ Askthe Doctor Attack of the über-mommies.” I hope you’ll ask herto write again. And please keep up the coverage of the women’s racing scene.Even OLN has started to cover more of it now. Maybe you’re the good example.

Flo Leibowitz

Less putdowns, more refreshing?
Editor:
A very nice rant today (see “ Blindedby the white,” by Patrick O’Grady). I’ve generally enjoyed thecomic relief Mr. O’Grady provides whenever he writes, and I enjoy thisnew slant, too.

Self-deprecation is usually a good form of humorous entertainment, andO’Grady’s work has always included a healthy dose for us to chuckle atand personally identify with. This new column has a little less of theDon Rickles-style putdowns and may become an even more refreshing diversion.

Mark “Mr. Pasty” Kennedy

Tan lines really unkind to women
Editor:
I’m a Minnesotan who understands all too well the two seasons of winterand construction. But at least guys wear T-shirts and shorts most of thesummer, and if I’m not mistaken, unless they’re in an unsightly “wife beater”tank top (which should be punishable), that outfit alone hides the bikertan lines, when you finally get them. All you contend with are the helmetlines, raccoon eyes and sock lines around the ankles. Not too shabby.

We girls are not so fortunate. Miniskirts don’t hide the tan line, evenfor those of us who wear the short bike shorts. The cute T-shirts haveshorter sleeves than most jerseys, and even sleeveless jerseys leave unsightlytan lines thicker than the average tank top. Forget bikinis – that’s justridiculous! And the more we ride, the more they stand out.

But regardless of all that, they’re a badge of honor I wear proudly,and to all those who snicker (after finally peeling themselves off thecouch) or get tired of basking in the sunlight slathered in some sort ofoil, actually working on their tans, I say, “How many miles did you ridetoday?”

Christine Holman
St. Paul, MN

Keep the rants coming
Editor:
This guy is a jerk.
I love to read the rant.
Keep it comin’.

Earl Schofield
Redlands, CA
 



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