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Web Letters February 8 – 12, 2002

VeloNews.com welcomes your letters. If you run across something in the pages of VeloNews, or see something on VeloNews.com that causes you to want to write us, drop us a line at WebLetters@7Dogs.com.Please include your full name and home town. By submitting mailto this address, you are consenting to the publication of your letter.TUESDAY LETTERSSimeoni should be applaudedHi VeloNews-ers,Filippo Simeoni is a hero in my book, because he's broken the very unethicalcode of silence among cyclists (see "Cyclistbreaks code of silence in Ferrari trial"), which pre-dates Coppi andBartali.

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VeloNews.com welcomes your letters. If you run across something in the pages of VeloNews, or see something on VeloNews.com that causes you to want to write us, drop us a line at WebLetters@7Dogs.com.Please include your full name and home town. By submitting mailto this address, you are consenting to the publication of your letter.TUESDAY LETTERSSimeoni should be applaudedHi VeloNews-ers,Filippo Simeoni is a hero in my book, because he’s broken the very unethicalcode of silence among cyclists (see “Cyclistbreaks code of silence in Ferrari trial“), which pre-dates Coppi andBartali. Hopefully, this will pave the way for more cyclists, and ultimatelyathletes from all sports, to come forward.It should be clear that doping controls/tests are far from perfect.We can’t be sure that doping in professional sports is diminishing; beatingdrug tests is as sophisticated a science as doping.Thanks for keeping us posted…Mark Deterline
Orem, UtahFerrari isn’t the only guilty partyFrom the tenor of your article, it is apparent that like the prosecutors,you agree Ferrari is the perfect scapegoat.It should be self evident to you, that the riders knowing the benefitsof EPO and the like, and being informed by Dr. Ferrari and others the lowrisk of being caught, decided to cheat rather than find another career.We mere mortals marvel at the exploits of these tremendously giftedathletes, but need not forgive them for deceiving us.Paul Weeks
Santa Rosa, CAPut the brakes on this FerrariHello:I think they should put Dr. Ferrari behind bars and they should throwaway the key!! These guy ruined and perhaps is ruining the health of cyclistswith all these doping products.Also, doping is cheating period. And all the cyclists who are caughtdoping (Virenque, Frigo etc…) these idiots should be banned for life…period! I personally have no mercy for dopers.I am a cyclist and I find it disgusting when I read about all thesecyclists and doctors (Ferrari, Voet etc..) who dope these athletes. I reallyhope that they can clean up this sport once and for all.Tony DiFeo,
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaA poll, calculated guilt or subliminal advertising?Just popped onto the VeloNews page and saw your request for letters.Then, I saw your poll about IMBA membership.I can only guess that the point was to guilt people into joining, andthat is fine, but a poll to do this? How about the missing category: Iwas a member but just haven’t sent off the renewal check yet!Thanks for the reminder.Chris HarrisLess sealant, fewer hippies and no tattoosFolks, here’s the deal – if I want to read about fat tires, bodaciousair, dual suspension, hippy freaks and tattoos, there are a plethora ofglossy mags out there geared appropriately to those with a 4th grade education.It used to be that I could satiate my need for the skinny (pun intended)in your paper – now, like all the other Eddie Bauers of the world, yourattempt to broaden you appeal has turned off your base constituency.As a result, I finally dropped that $50 for a year of Cycle Sport.I’ll miss the U.S.-based perspective, but I won’t miss multi-page discussionsregarding tire sealant.Just a thought.Dave Black
Erie, PAHe doesn’t want muchI have simple requests…Please increase the quantity and size of photographs from races.Return to more in-depth coverage of the secondary classics and tours.Bring back the “Retro” column.And I know Ted Constantino is lurking around there….”publisher” orsomething. Please demote him to cub reporter so we can see some real actionon the regional racing circuits that many seem to be crying for (if youcan get him back from the manufacturer junkets). For my reading eye, he’sone of the most enjoyable writers, whether I agree with him or not, whetherhis
subject is on- or off-the-wall. And for a racing scene that just runsaround in square circles, he would be a big boost. (But you’ll get a lotmore angry letters.)R. Retzlaff
Milwaukee, WisconsinVeloNews, a waste of $$$Editor;I have been unhappy with VeloNews for a while now, but the lastissue was the last time I will waste money on an issue. I have been a subscribersince the mid 80s and have been unhappy as the regional coverage has gottenworse.I also felt that as the so called voice of cycling in the U.S. the continuingdebacle at the USCF was not covered very well . The final insult to mewas the last issue about ‘cross nationals.The coverage for that event was written so poorly and the coverage sothin ( Did any juniors, masters race ? ), that I was sorry I wasted themoney on the issue. I will not make that mistake again. I had to buy theissue because I let my subscription lapse, as I was unsure if I had wantedto continue with it.I also let the shop owner know of my displeasure with the money I wastedin
his shop buying the issue.Dan Norton,
Seattle WaGeeez, some people are just never happyI just read about the guy who was unhappy. I agree if you are unhappydon’t buy it. But to give the bike shop hell, that’s going too far.He sounds like the type of guy who would ride on a tire for five yearsand would take the tire back to the shop because the sidewall had a cutin it and then complain to the shop about selling an inferior tire! Maybeif he rode more, he wouldn’t be so unhappy!I don’t always agree with everything you do, but that’s life. It’s stillthe best Mag around and I also enjoy the heads up on the Cycling on TVsection.I also wanted to say to Tyler “HOW ABOUT THOSE PATRIOTS?” I was thinkingof
you. Now if only the Red Sox…Russ (The Rabbit) AbbottYa can’t please all of the people anywayYou guys are the best! I’ve been reading VeloNews for over 10years and you still produce the goods!Don’t be disheartened, there are some people that cannot be pleasedno matter what. Don’t be concerned with them. Just keep up the good work!Mark SallingBad writing: Whassupwiddat?Dear VeloNews;I am a former subscriber and I decided not to renew my subscriptionbecause I saw the quality of the magazine declining while better alternativeswere appearing.First, I noticed that VeloNews had unofficially instituted anew writing style with fewer complete sentences, more words like gnarly,and articles like “Doping: Whassupwiddat?” It seemed like you were tryingconscientiously to appeal a less sophisticated reader.Also, you realized too late that your readers don’t really get any informationfrom VeloNews every two weeks that they can’t get from cyclingnews.comevery day.So I switched to Cycle Sport, but I’m not going to renew thateither. It caters too much to American bike geeks.In my opinion, the only area where VeloNews can really distinguishitself from any other print or internet publication is in its coverageof American races. Your photography, analysis, and journalistic qualitycan’t compete abroad with any of the european magazines, but here you’rethe only game in town.If you could cover U.S. racing with the same kind of photo and writingquality as Pro Cycling or Cycle Sport, I would resubscribein a second.Josh Kadis
Stanford, CALots of whining: whassupwiddat?I am sick of all the letters you’ve received regarding your non-roadcoverage and juvenile writing style, such as “Less sealant, fewer hippies,and no tattoos” and “Bad writing: whassupwiddat?” No one said that mountainbikes, especially cross-country bikes, are not to be classified as bicycles– they definitely are. “Velo” is French for “bike,” not just road bike.I am a collegiate racer who splits time between road and XC mt. bikeracing, and I enjoy coverage of both sports. I feel that coverage of bothdomestic and international cycling would be incomplete without MTB’s. Maybethe elitist complainers are just jealous that they lack the mountain bikers’appeal or skill, perhaps? Also, there is hardly any lack of professionalism,as is indicated by the “bad writing: whassupwiddat?” letter.So if you’re going to complain about poor choice of words for titlesor about mountain bikes, forget it! Just go out and ride your bike moreand relax a bit (and try to have fun, too–you don’t always need to rideat mach 3 everywhere on your poser Colnagos).Okay, now it’s time for my complaints, but I’ll keep it short.I really wish you had more regional and amateur coverage, and I wishyou’d have fewer ads and reviews of good bike equipment that people canactuallyafford, since no one really needs $700 wheels anyway. Rather, they shouldjust be spending
more time training instead. Thanks for keeping an acceptable balanceof road, MTB, (and please try some BMX too!) and tech coverage. I’ll keepon reading your mag with a smile.Now Mountain Bike Action–that’s a ‘zine that people ought totrash.Drew Hall
Saginaw, MI
Michigan State University Cycling TeamVN just covers what’s popularIt’s obvious in my years of reading VeloNews that VN seems tofollow the trends of cycling. Recently, cyclo-cross and the downhill havebecome stories and VN writes about that and in the early 90’s in was 7-11/Motorolaand STI and VN wrote about those stories. Now cycling is more of a globalsport, leaving me to miss the detailed regional roundups where a reader
could see stories about smaller races in their neck of the woods.I do believe that VN has lost some of its writing ability. Hershon isa total self-aggrandizing schwag bag as storyteller. Zinn too, writes nicestuff about anyone who’ll fly him to an overseas factory. (Editor’sNote: Zinn’s coverage of Italian factories in 2000 and 2001 were the resultof the fact that he lived in Italy at the time. Manufacturers providednone of the trips).About the stories/race coverage, either the writers can’t write or theeditors can’t edit. The stories have become shorter, the content more fluffy,the plot lost, and the ads pages much greater. I remember those huge earlyseason mags stuffed in my mailbox. I am wondering what the heck went wrongor changed at VN.Maybe VN just reflects similar problems in USA Cycling- they don’t havethe money to do anything substantial, there is no understanding what theirfocus should be, thus leaving the membership running elsewhere for supportand
information.I hope VN solves the problem better than USAC!Curt Weitkunat
Alburquerque, Nuevo MexicoP.S.- Roadies not to worry about the downhill/MTB coverage! With manyof the Pro MTB’ers going to the road, I expect VN will be back to coveringmore of the road scene soon!Leave Ann aloneYou ought to be able to have fun with your hot/not column without beingmean spirited.For example, when Ann Grande had trouble with her contacts at nationalsyou made some sort of snide comment about wearing glasses. This just makesyou look stupid (honestly, don’t you think she might have tried them?)and nasty (why would anybody rip on the queen of cross, especially aftersuch a disastrous race?).Cut the bad-boy act.Best regards,Dan PetersonMonday and weekend lettersA man with an opinionYou have 83 pages in the latest issue, 53 pages with ads…and not onearticle with any depth whatsoever…like why drugs are still in sport,whyis Saturn Division 3, why isn’t Carmichael investigated into his dopingof the National Team???What happened to race coverage and cultivation of the sport?Just call it VeloAds and Fluff for Cycling Idiots.Renew? Not at any price…you are the weakest link…good-bye!Dave Jordan
NYCA woman with an opinionHey, what do they know? VeloNews rules!! I was first introduced to VeloNewsabout7 years ago and haven’t missed an issue yet. I can hardly wait to get thelatest issue and see what cool pic you haveon the cover. I love the trainingtips and the inside stories fromt he athletes themselves.I used to be totally into mtn. biking andnow I opt to ride on the roadmore often. I always enjoyed your coverageof both disciplines. I rememberthe “Juli Days” and now enjoy thedays of Lance. Keep up the great workVN–because you rule.”lil.sprocket”
(aka Tammy Rinkenberger)VeloNews sucks? nahhhhhh, but the calendar ain’t so hotVeloNews is about the least sucky of any magazine I receive and is certainlythe best bicycling magazine, bar none. I look forward to every issue despitethe mountain biking and cyclo-cross stuff.I’m a 55-year-old roadie who owns a Trek 5500, Litespeed Vortex, anda Carrera steel bike. I do have to say, however, that your annual calendar,which I bought, really bites!Next year it’s back to Graham Watson.Bob McKinney
Virginia.Pure, unmotivated adorationWhat?I’m surprised to hear that so many readers tell you that you suck! Igo straight to your web page every morning with coffee in my hand and readabout the latest races, products, and personalities, etc. I enjoy yourinsight, sense of humor, and good coverage of all aspects of competitivecycling. I appreciate that you cover road racing, cross country and downhill,not to
mention cyclo-cross. You don’t suck at all! In fact I think you rock.And I’m not just saying that for the free socks. There are free socks,right?Chris Bevens, Team Ragnarok
Seattle, WASocks? — Ed.Returning to the foldFolks,Just wanted you to know that I just made a subscription to your mag.I’ve been an off-and-on-again subscriber for the last dozen years, butyour internet site is at the top of my “Cycling” folder of “Favorites.”As the road season gears up this year, I want to experience it throughall media (OLN is a blessing). Using your site without subscribing to themag was beginning to feel like listening to NPR and not being a member(i.e., pangs of guilt for taking a good thing for granted). Keep up thegreat, up to date coverage of the road racing scene.Thanks,
Dave O’Connor
Arcadia, FLMore detail, more FrankieDear VeloNews,I love the race write ups “dripping with detail”, the stories of thebreaks and who works and who gets worked. Stories like the 99 worlds,98Het Volk and as always the write ups on the tour with the minute-by-minuteupdates.Some friends of mine turned me onto some other sites coverage this yearthat was fantastic, I did tune back in to VeloNews to get the fullperspective after the finish. Do some Rider profile articles(like anotherBritish cycling mag.) Whatever you do try to get Frankie Andreau to writesome articles for VeloNews. His tour diaries were the best I have readwith inside scoop that has been farmed over his years in the Peloton. Imiss his input and his sense of humor. Frankie made me feel like I wasin on the
inside jokes of the peloton for the day.Thanks for trying to make it what people want and I will keep subscribingas long as it keeps filling the void and as long as your web content doesas well as it does. By the way, since your website is so good, why don’tyou only make it available to subscribers, not everyone?Gordon Stevens
Cazenovia, NYKeeping track of friendsDear EditorI check your site daily for news and updates.I enjoy the current news about the sport I love. My interests are heavilygeared toward road racing, so I’d love to see more coverage and resultsfrom the National Calendar races if you get the opportunity. I enjoy toseeing how my friends are doing across the country. Lord knows we neverget useful news from the governing organizations of cycling until it islong past due,
so I really appreciate VeloNews and OLN. So count me in as afan!Regards,
George ZdraveckyVN not bad, but needs a broader perspectiveActually you don’t suck. In general I love your website and the magazine,but I am confused by your choices of races to cover.A stage race including the current world number one, last year’s WorldCup and reigning world champion just finished but I’ve seen no mentionon the website. I could maybe see it if no one was really racing and justdoing training rides, but all three of the above have been on the podiumfor at least one stage.Mallorca had an amazingly high quality field and I had to go elsewhereto follow the race. Keep up the good work, maybe just expand the coverage.Bob Kristin
San DiegoHow about some new Training tips?Hello VeloNews,I’ve been reading your website daily for over 3 years now, and havealways enjoyed it. Good job! I’ve visited many other cycling news sites,and while they are informative, I still choose to come to VeloNewsfirst.One thing I would love to see more of is your training tips. I don’tthink that section has changed in the 3 years I’ve been reading VeloNews.I’m sure you could find someone to add a “tip” or two every month, justto keep me and many other readers satisfied.Thanks again for the many hours of reading pleasure…Christina Meyer
Columbia SCWe want more ‘crossDear VeloNews,There’s not a day or two that goes by that I don’t check out the websitefor the latest news in the cycling world. When my issue of VeloNewshits my mailbox I tear into it like a hungry dog. My only wish is it wouldcome sooner each month and have more cyclo-cross coverage.Keep up the good work,Jeff Weinert
Holly, Michigan
An offer to considerTo Whom it may concern:Since you so graciously asked for the opinions of your faithful subscribers,I feel obligated to share my thoughts about VeloNews with you.I have been an avid reader and subscriber to VeloNews for manyyears… I still get misty eyed when remembering the coverage of the Roche’sGiro and Tour and the wonderful and talented writing describing the Irishman’sefforts.While I still do enjoy VeloNews, often times recently I am leftwanting more, and with the most recent issue, am compelled to write concerningthe return of a writer I thought had been deservedly sacked long ago.I am referring to Maynard Hershon. This reader sees through his inaneattempt at capturing the romance of cycling for what it really is. Hisblatant gushing over bicycles and related products that were undoubtedlygiven to him gratis by the recipients of his sycophantic praise is notinformative, entertaining, or thought provoking. My impression of Hershonis that he has insinuated himself into a relationship with the cyclingworld that he uses to aggrandize himself through his vapid and tastelesswriting.Please try to provide your readers with fresh and entertaining articleswritten by authors who are not camp followers and whose cycling experiencewas earned the old fashioned way. Remember Bob Roll, Norman Alvis, andAllan
Peiper?And another thing… a one half page article on the Tour of Lombardyis an example VeloNews’s unstated editorial policy attempting toincrease circulation by covering national news, with all the familiar names,at the expense of local and international coverage. I would, at least,like to see the coverage of the World Cup road races fleshed out.I am available for further consultation on the direction VeloNewsis going. If you would like a more comprehensive and thorough evaluation,you may contact me via mail or e-mail.Henry Miller
Philadelphia, PAYes, we’ll be in touch. We’re all fans of “Tropic of Cancer” and”Tropic of Capricorn.” Henry, you might add a whole new angle on the sport.–Ed.VN okay, but too hard on the fedOkay, first off, I am not defending the USA Cycling folks, but I mustadmit that you do much to bash them most of the time. They make their ownmess, let them lie in it… besides the sport is too small to fight overanyway… being ‘king’ of the molehill isn’t much now is it?How’s about some constructive, positive stuff?Like why not hold a contest of the coolest races?We, the racers, could fill out a survey of what are favorite races are,and why. Compiling the results and providing ideas to other promoters onhow to do more for less and be more effective in areas that other eventsexcel. And putting the shoe on the other foot, you could get info fromthe promoters on what it takes to organize and keep a race together seasonafter season. Maybe such press from you folks would bring some new bloodto the table, so to speak.I think that many promoters work hard to service the racers and thecommunity to have the events happen, that promoting the event to new audiencesgo untapped, and the sport seems to not progress towards bigger, betterand more often run events.Also, some of the grass-roots stuff going on around the country. Haveyour readers help you with the research…. there are some cool thingshappening and VeloNews doesn’t get much of the small stuff goingon around outside of Colorado. I am sure with some ‘call to action’ effortson VeloNews’s part — you’d get more than a few stories.And don’t be shy on how race organizers can use VeloNews… youguys don’t promote yourself as a resource enough….That’s not a good thing.I hope that this email doesn’t fall on deaf ears.Sincerely,
Sgt. Bilko (aka Phil Stephens)VN okay, but too soft on the fedEditor,Thanks for the opportunity to be heard. For clarity and time I willstick to the point format.1) Your magazine does NOT suck, but it’s not the greatest and it ispretty pricey.2) Reasons for this, I am guessing your afraid of the USCF, you seemto be a positive sounding board from them. First year I got really intothe sport I took some juniors from California to Cincinnati where everythingwas screwed up, first they CANCEL the TT and it went downhill from there.As silly as this sounds they had two toilets for over 3000 people andthe rolls of tissue were gone by 8:00 a.m but that’s just an example ofmany things gone awry. The crit results were screwed up and never got fixedand having two different age groups racing together and getting mixed updid not help much.3) Your magazine said it was a little messy and the USCF had not quiteprepared but hey’ it happens. HEY it does NOT happen with a business ora well run organization!Your web site has an informal poll on it, almost 50 percent of the informalpoll said that measure B was railroaded yet the USCF says that about 10percentof the voting members voted for it. Why the different numbers? Did youinvestigate this?Am I still paying for personal chefs to go to Worlds? Have you guysever printed how much the reps in Colorado make? How much does the CEOmake? How much do the coaches make? Those great “training camps” for thejuniors, that the juniors pay for, who gets that cash? Investigate thisstuff and objectively look at the USCF and the way they run things. Whatdoes a race promoter get from the USCF in return for the money they haveto send them.These questions I have and I count on you to look em’ up.Don’t be afraid to be critical.Joe Bates in CAA few suggestionsHi – love the magazine and look forward to each issue’s arrival. Yourcoverage of road racing tends to be excessive for my tastes, particularlythose endless spreads on the domestic tours. Your coverage of Euro’ eventsis very good – don’t change a thing. The most frustrating aspect of thepublication is the spotty “tech review” and training sections. Zinn’s (andothers’) reviews are great, but often they are missing, abbreviated oryou substitute something else that seems interesting to your editorialstaff. My three suggestions for improving VeloNews areas follows:1. Include a solid “tech review” section in every issue. As a readerand active rider it is nice to have someone else sort the hype from realityso we readers can spend our money wisely;2. Include at least two articles on training, diet that are useful toboth medium and elite riders; and3. Shorten some of the domestic race coverage and do more in-depth storiesabout the riders, their training habits & tips.Thanks and keep up the good work.Kenneth G. Robertson
Robertson Law Office
Anchorage, AlaskaMore mountain-bike coverage!The only complaint with the site would be the lack of mountain-bikenews. But Ill admit I’m a news junkie. I want to know what’s going on withall the pros..i.e. rides ,sponsors , even off season activities.I do understand that the industry is at a low point ,but I still ride,I still race, and I love the scene. Steve Peat is king! That’s my two cents.Still a good site.Randy Arnold
Rocky Mount, NCLess mountain-bike coverage!I have been reading your publication for close to 20 years….didn’tyou start out as a small black and white publication in the late ’70s?I am delighted with your coverage except for one small thing (to meanyway!)….I was, I am and I always will be a “roadie.” Your coverageof that genre is great but I must say that I have no interest whatsoeverin the mountain bike scene….I’m 57 and enjoying riding as much now asthirty years ago but you can have that mountain bike.I understand why you cover the scene but I still wish for more roadand much less mountain…short of starting a separate publication, I don’tknow how you can make me 100 percent happy…till then I will continueto read you both in paper and on the internet. By the way, the columnsseveral years ago by Bob Roll were funny, interesting and informative…bringsomeone
like him back !!!Bill NeeSirs;I renewed my subscription last year after having let it lapse for severalyears. I frankly didn’t like the direction the magazine was taking, withway too much emphasis on mountain biking.Nothing against the sport, it’s just that VeloNews made it’s mark asa road racing publication first and foremost. Frequently, I found myselfreading mostly mountain biking content, with “gonzo” this and “in-your-face”that. Thought I was reading some kid’s WWF Raw magazine or something!In addition, the road racing coverage was, at best, “incomplete”– nota whole lot of “inside-the-peloton” type of stories. I’m happy to see thatthings have started to turn around (photos have gotten a lot better, too)and will keep on renewing my subscription as long as that is the case.R. DeanMore Australians on mountain-bikes!Dear Mr/Ms editor-type person,Any chance of getting any more Australian MTB results etc. in the pages?Surely you must have seen footage of the recently held ‘free-ride’ competitionheld in Jinabyne, N.S.W. Australia, which was sponsored by Red Bull andothers.This is the second year which this style of event has been held in thearea, the 1st of which being the ‘All Terrain MTB Challenge’ (If you haven’tseen the video of yet i recommend it – lots of sick riding on a crazy course,the toughest seen in Australia at the time).Over the past few European seasons, the Aussies have held their ownin the MTB world. With the likes of Cadel Evans, Paul Rowney and Mary Griggsonin the upper echelons of MTB X/C (both C.E. & M.G riding road raceson the side for good teams), Chris Kovarik (previous NORBA DH Series leader),WadeBootes (Inaugural UCI MTB Dual Champion), Nathan Rennie, Mick Hannah, BenCory, Jarrod Rando have all proved themselves in the highest levels ofDH Racing.In light of the higher traffic from European and U.S. based readers,I can understand the current lack of Aussie news/etc. and the slant towardsroad racing in general. I just hope that the Editor can add a few ‘oddsand ends’ for the Aussie readers out there in Cyberspace.I appreciate and respect the efforts put in by the team at VeloNews.comfor providing diverse and comprehensive coverage of all disciplines ofcycling.Thank you for your helpRichard P.
Manly, AustraliaGreat ‘crossDear VeloNews,Your coverage of the cyclo-cross season was great. Keep it up for nextyear.Brian Bigelow
1 Jewell Lane
Nashua NH 03064Great Queen of ‘crossWho is the Queen of Cross? According to VeloNews it isn’t the five-timeconsecutive, record setting, national cyclo-cross champion. It isn’t theracer who has dominated the ‘cross scene for years. It isn’t the firstAmerican woman to win a cyclo-cross World Cup. According to VeloNews,it isn’t Alison Dunlap.So riddle me this, how does the runner-up in American cyclo-cross siton your cross throne, while the clear champion holds a lower place in yourroyal court? Surely, VeloNews is the jester of that court.Emily HobartWell, we can’t disagree with you, especially the jester part. Unfortunately,the UCI has not yet seen fit to give women’s races a World Cup designation.At the 1999 UCI management committee meeting in Poprad, Slovakia, the committeerequired that as a condition of creating the women’s world championship(first run in 2000), a minimum number of World Cup promoters hold concurrentwomen’s events, though these do not have World Cup status. By winning inHeerlen, the Netherlands, this season, Dunlap did indeed become the firstU.S. winner of one of those events. However, earlier this season, the women’srace in Nomay, France, was won by none other than Canadian Lyne Bessette,the woman VeloNews named cyclo-cross woman of the year. — Ed.Counseling is availableDear VeloNews,Since you have posted this online poll, I figured I should speak outand say that anyone who has a problem with VeloNews, should seekcounseling !I literally count the days till that new colorful issue arrives in themail, filled with race articles, tech reports, and full photos of my favoritepro racers! Where else can you get all this great stuff? Wow, maybe Ishouldseek counseling ! All joking aside though, I really appreciate the workyou guys do and look forward to every issue. Keep the news coming!Matt Kupsky
Bridgeton N.J.Cover the little guyDear VeloNews:I’ve loved your publication for years. There’s something special aboutfinding a new issue in the mailbox. There is one thing, however, that Itruly miss. I’m not sure when you ended the practice, but back in the late1980s you carried race results from races all over the country. Race organizerscould send in local race results, and some20-year-old category 4
racer could see their name in VeloNews. Bringing back thoseresults pages would be wonderful.Rob Clendening
Indianapolis, IndianaIt helps pass the timeFor what its worth, I read most of the current batch of cycling andoff-road motorcycle magazines and look forward to getting the latest issueof VeloNews as much as any other publication – especially the in-depthrace reports (on and off road) and the different views on controversialsubjects.I just wish there were more frequent issues.VeloNews helps my Winter go by even faster! (even though it hasn’tbeen much of a Winter!)Keep up the good work!Don Heckler Jr.
On a warm, rainy February night in sleepy Meriden, CT