Thursday’s mail: USA Cycling’s time allocation; Bad moto; Good brands and unhappy spouse

So what is a good use of their time?!?!?Editors;I just want to know what is in the water in Colorado Springs. Maybesome of the cost of licensing should go to higher education for such "nuances." (see "Dunlapa long shot for Athens?") That line from USA Cycling's Matt Cramer- "To translate every nuance of the UCI rule book is not the best use ofour time..." says it all.What? To be continually embarrassed is a good use of their time!?! Whatin the world are you doing that is more important than the Olympics? Iknow as riders we have to look out for ourselves, but you'd think thatour "Director of

So what is a good use of their time?!?!?
Editors;
I just want to know what is in the water in Colorado Springs. Maybesome of the cost of licensing should go to higher education for such “nuances.” (see “Dunlapa long shot for Athens?“) That line from USA Cycling’s Matt Cramer- “To translate every nuance of the UCI rule book is not the best use ofour time…” says it all.What? To be continually embarrassed is a good use of their time!?! Whatin the world are you doing that is more important than the Olympics? Iknow as riders we have to look out for ourselves, but you’d think thatour “Director of Mountain Bike Development” would be aware of the rulesfor UCI and the Olympics – and be looking out for his athletes! I seemto remember another little fiasco involving Adam Craig and several otherU.S. riders at world’s just a few months ago – again somebody at USA Cyclingwasn’t aware of the rules and the U.S. was left peeing into the wind.I just cant believe that the best female American hopeful for Olympicgold is not even going to be able to line up.  No offense to Sue,Willow, Shonny or any of the other top female professionals, but no onecan hold even close to Alison.  How about a pat on the back to USACycling- for continuing to make the country look great on the world stage.
 
Still shaking my head in disbelief,
Andy Mills
Winter Park, FloridaWell then, who is responsible?
Editors;
I found myself sporting a smirk when I read that USA Cycling’s MattCramer remarked “To translate every nuance of the UCI rule book is notthe best use of our time” as he tried to explain how Alison Dunlap couldbe left out of this year’s Olympics. Who the hell’s job is it, Matt?Even a lowly coach such as myself knows you read the rule book top tobottom when it comes out, so that you are prepared to protect your ridersin every situation. Now, we have probably lost our best shot atan Olympic mountain bike medal. Is it any wonder that the rank-and-fileAmerican racer is continually crying for new blood at the USA Cycling?
Randall Fox
Bullard, TX.Bad Andrew, bad!
Dear VeloNews Editors;
While the prominent notice regarding motorcycles was reasonable, itis nonetheless completely unreasonable and irresponsible to offer writingon non-human- powered recreational vehicles (see “”TechReport: A Wheelie Good Time” by Andrew Juskaitis). Motorcycles,in this case off-road bikes, are even worse than cars because they arerecreational as opposed to being somewhat utilitarian.It is difficult to be able to articulate the degree of disappointmentand disgust I have for your web site for having an article on motorcycles.While you may feel that this is an overreaction, the very essence of motorizednon-human powered recreational play toys contradicts human powered bicycles. It was a totally inappropriate article.
Jordan Bishko
Eugene, OregonHappy in the neighborhood
Dear VeloNews;
Great column today on “BrandLoyalty.” Great writing, perfect topic, thanks.
Pete Wadsworth
Rhode IslandIt may be carbon, but what’s the SAF?
Dear VeloNews;
I’m a Cat. 3 racer, and have been riding the same Cannondale CAAD3for about six years. It still works very well, but I’ve been eyeing – wellokay, drooling over – a new carbon racing machine.In my mind, a new machine is well justified after so long. However,I am not the only person in my household who makes decisions onmatters financial. And when I mention the words “new bike” to my wife,she’s not very thrilled. By “not very thrilled,” I mean a rolling of theeyes, sighs of irritation, and often a blunt but simple question of “Why?”Now, I’ve tried to answer that simple question with a straight face,but I’ve yet been able to achieve success. So I’m wondering if your cyclingexpertise includes the elusive “Spouse Acceptance Factor” (SAF). Your advice would be very much appreciated regarding how to answer thisone simple, yet frustrating, question.
Kind Regards,
Erik Voldengen
Portland, OregonCome on readers. We’ve all been there. Who can help Erik with a suggestionor two? – Editor


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