Tuesday’s mail bag: Right on Brad, shut up David, quit repeating yourself VN

Don't hold backVeloNews,Regarding Bradley McGee's comments in Monday's EuroFile (see "McGeelashes out"), Now, c'mon Brad, tell us what you really think...Darryl HuculakVictoria, British Columbia, Canada Take down the wall of silenceDear editors,I read with interest the statement of Brad McGee as reported on yourweb site concerning his defense of the reputation of cyclists in the peloton. On a human level, I can well understand Brad McGee's feelings, assumingof course that he is clean. Sadly, this is the point: I think most cyclingfans, indeed the wider public, cannot be certain as to

Tuesday's mail bag: Right on Brad, shut up David, quit repeating yourself VN

Tuesday’s mail bag: Right on Brad, shut up David, quit repeating yourself VN

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Don’t hold back
VeloNews,
Regarding Bradley McGee’s comments in Monday’s EuroFile (see “McGeelashes out“), Now, c’mon Brad, tell us what you really think…
Darryl Huculak
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Take down the wall of silence
Dear editors,
I read with interest the statement of Brad McGee as reported on yourweb site concerning his defense of the reputation of cyclists in the peloton.

On a human level, I can well understand Brad McGee’s feelings, assumingof course that he is clean. Sadly, this is the point: I think most cyclingfans, indeed the wider public, cannot be certain as to whether there areany clean cyclists anymore.

How can we be expected to believe that cyclists are clean, when scandalafter scandal has been uncovered? Brad McGee has obviously realized that,as far as the public is concerned, cycling has no credibility whatsoeverat the moment and that clean cyclists are being tainted by the cheats inthe peloton.

In his statement, McGee says that those within the peloton know theidentity of those riders who are using drugs. If this is the case, whydoes the peloton compound the crime of cheating, by staying silent?

Do clean riders in the peloton not realize that by allowing the cheatsto cheat, they run the risk of driving away investment in this sport? Thus,eventually professional cycling could well end up being unable to financeitself because potential sponsors will not want their product/service linkedto possible cheating?

Cheating is pernicious and by cheating, those riders who do dope willnot only continue to beat the clean cyclists, they will eventually destroythe sport and deprive even clean cyclists of a livelihood. I realize thatit is easy for me to sit here and criticize – my salary is not dependentupon cycling. But I think the point has arrived for cyclists, managersand sponsors to decide what they want.

Do they wish to continue to live with this, totally justified givenall the scandals since 1998, innuendo or do they want to do the right thingand clean up this sport and safeguard the future jobs of professional cyclists?

Yours Faithfully,
Seamus Weber
Republic of Ireland

Shouldn’t others be talking, too?
Editors,
The only thing that disturbs me about McGee’s letter is that we haven’tread or heard more like it from other riders in the past. Most people arepretty sensitive to injustice, implied or actual, yet most racer’s statementsregarding doping are too politic by half.

Makes you wonder.
Peter Krogh
Redding, California

How will Brad test?
Editors,
How does the saying go? Me thinks thou doth protest too much! Letssee what happens after he pees in a cup!

If what he says is true, he could, perhaps, learn a bit more tact.
John E. Fenton
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Too much news is bad news
VeloNews;
Good for Brad McGee. No one can deny the problem of doping in cycling,and other sports, but the media is all about sensationalizing the problemand they’re ruining the sport. They run so many stories about doping oralleged doping that we can’t appreciate the athletic achievements of ourfavorite cyclists without wondering if they’re on something.

What fun is watching someone ride twice as fast as I can if they’recheating. Those cyclists that are clean deserve to be appreciated for whatthey do without having to defend themselves against the stigma of doping.Why don’t some of these reporters do what McGee suggests and cover someof the super-human training these guys do instead of waiting for syringesto pop up before they get their laptops out. Personally I’m sick of hearingit.
Marty Olbrot
Boston, Massachusetts

Oh David, do shut up
VeloNews,
It’s spring and that means it’s (whining) Millar time again! (see”Millardoesn’t like the rain“) Can’t this guy ever shut up, take thingsas they come, be a man and just race?

“The Angliru is too steep!”

“The ( 2003) time trial is too dangerous with all the rain and shouldbe neutralized”

God what a wuss!
Pete Simpson
Crestline, California.

Bitch and ride, bitch and ride, ride and bitch…
Dear VeloNews mailbag,
I am so tired of David Millar. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m from atown where riding my bike in the rain is status quo, or maybe its becauseI went to a college in Colorado where you could never pin down what the weather was going to do so I learned not to bitch and just ride my bike.

I figure that the only reason Paul and Phil interview David Millar isbecause he is a hometown hero and one of the few riders who speaks fluentEnglish. His comments at the end of every stage or every race are a joke to me and my friends.

David, you are paid to ride your bike for God’s sake.I don’t mean to blast a world champion, but I have yet to see or read aninterview in which he has not complained. Have you?

It rains David and, yes, sometimes it snows, and sometimes it’s evendangerous to ride your bike. But that’s why they pay you the big bucks.
Nils Tillstrom
Portland, Oregon

Also, it’s repetitive and redundant, too
Editor,
I wonder whether I’m the only one who realizes that the term “openingprologue” is redundant. Has there ever been a closing prologue,or a mid-race prologue?

Can we just go with “prologue?”
Curious,
Rob Schumacher
Niwot, Colorado

Reader feedback
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Hastings, Nebraska


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