Thursday’s mail bag: Breaking Away; Bye bye Marco

D'OH!Editors,Tell Mr. Roger he should get his facts straight, especially where it concerns the best cycling movie ever made, before he starts reminiscing in his column (see "Mr.Rogers' Neighborhood: 'Breaking Away' with Bart Simpson"). NealRogers talks about the main character (Dave Stoller) in the movie “Breaking Away” being out on a training ride when he runs into the fabled (but fictional) “Team Cinzano.” Point of fact is that it was a race that he ran into them on, and he had been training hard for that race so he could see how he measured up against his heroes, that is until they

Thursday's mail bag: Breaking Away; Bye bye Marco

Thursday’s mail bag: Breaking Away; Bye bye Marco

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D’OH!
Editors,
Tell Mr. Roger he should get his facts straight, especially where it concerns the best cycling movie ever made, before he starts reminiscing in his column (see “Mr.Rogers’ Neighborhood: ‘Breaking Away’ with Bart Simpson“). NealRogers talks about the main character (Dave Stoller) in the movie “Breaking Away” being out on a training ride when he runs into the fabled (but fictional) “Team Cinzano.” Point of fact is that it was a race that he ran into them on, and he had been training hard for that race so he could see how he measured up against his heroes, that is until they performed the now famous pump in the front wheel trick on him.

I wouldn’t normally write something like this, but that movie has been immortalized in the minds of most of us bike racer types, especially those that started back in the toe clip era, and misquoting it is tantamount to heresy.
Brian D. Griffith
President – Jet City Velo
Seattle, Washington

You’re right Brian and you’re not the only one to have pointed that glaring error. Of course, at this point, we can’t just slink back in and change the article without first assuring you that Mr. Rogers and the errant editor have both been beaten with the Campy side of a Silca frame pump and adding the promise that it will not happen again. We appreciate your letter and agree with you on every point, save one: Your assertion that “Breaking Away” is the best cycling movie ever made. We all know that honor has to go to “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” the heart wrenching tale of a boy and the bike he loves. – Editor.

It’s just sad
Hi,
Who cares about Pantani anymore (see “Pantanidone?“)?!?! I can list at least twenty riders who deserve more recognitionthat him. He is trying to milk whatever remnants of his fame are left.Marco has been long finished as a rider but I think he could be a goodspokesman for people who fight mental illness in this case depression thatobviously affects entire spectrum of the society. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely
Kyle Pochcial, MD
Lakeland, Florida

Okay Marco, now go away
Dear VeloNews,
I have little to no sympathy for Marco Pantani. He and his supportersfeel bad for him and his current fitness and overall health. Hiswinning form was only based on the illegal drugs and supplements he allegedlytook and not his natural talent. One could surmise that his current stateis his natural one.

Let the issue die.
Kyle Wolfe
Boston, Massachusetts

A doper in denial
Dear VeloNews,
Pantani is a doper in deep denial who should have his famous Giro-Tour”double” permanently removed from his palmares. They stripped a titlein the Mountain Biking Worlds, why not set the official record straight?
Michael Schlitzer
Sterling, Virginia

Cut the guy some slack
Editors,
How can it be that the overall success of Pantani’s comeback last season,seems to be warped by the media to suit their views. Report it as it is;a troubled and once (or potentially) great racer, battled back his psychologicaldemons, and ends up finishing high overall in one of the hardest raceson the calendar. Don’t kid yourself, whatever you think of him, how manyof us could do that? How many of us could get back on the bike after allthat, let alone start racing in the pro peloton again? One minute his Giroplacing is considered the apex of an unexpected comeback, but the nextits a dismal end to a dismal attempt to resurface.

I’m not a huge fan of his, but I will always give him credit for hisefforts.
Daniel Edelman

You only hurt the one you love
Hello,
A friend of mine recently suggested to me that by hanging my bike upside down by the rear wheel I might be creating strain on it. Be advised thatmy bike is a 2004 Trek 5500 and, next to my wife, it is the love of mylife.

I want to love her not abuse her (the bike, I mean).
Jerry Hlebo
Salinas California

Jerry, we think that as long as you aren’t actually on the bike whileit’s hanging from the hook, the bike you love will be okay. – Editor


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