Wednesday’s mail bag: Where is the outrage? Where is the rant? Where is the bike path?

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.Make some noise here, eh?Editor;How come no headlines about Gaggiolis' suspension? His behavior wascriminal and should be addressed as such.  Sundts' not pressing chargesisn't helping the next guy, and VeloNews not following up about the

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.


Make some noise here, eh?
Editor;
How come no headlines about Gaggiolis’ suspension? His behavior wascriminal and should be addressed as such.  Sundts’ not pressing chargesisn’t helping the next guy, and VeloNews not following up about the suspensionisn’t either. Every racer, coach, sponsor, race organizer, parent, fan,City granting permits, insurance carriers, and the six o’clock news needsto know – for certain – that assault will not be tolerated. Your silenceon this is spooky, you got some splaining to do.
Ed Beaudet
Austin, TexasYou are close, Ed. USA Cycling has recommended that Gag’ be suspended until 2005. No excuses about the fact we haven’t mentioned it yet, it’s just that we felt that it would be fair for Neal Rogers to make mention of it in his column, since he brought the subject up in an earlier piece. –EditorNeed a rant!
Editor
What happened to the Foaming Rant this past Friday? Is the OFG-In-ChiefAWOL? Has he rediscovered his ganja stash or simply on an extra long ride?Here’s hoping a speedy return to his duties.
Richard AdamsO’Grady isn’t AWOL. He is simply struggling with another recurrenceof an ongoing problem. He has, over the past year continuously battledthe frequent reappearances of his “darn good mood,” a malady that can provealmost fatal in a middle-aged Irishman who thrives on being cantankerous.Out last bout of treatment held for a while, but we are forced to consider more serious steps. Fortunately for O’Grady, Presidential serendipity intervened. It turns out that George W. Bush is visiting the world headquarters of Focus on the Family in O’Grady’s hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado today. The recovery has been miraculous and our foul-tempered columnist is already beginning to sound like his old self again. We can expect a rant soon, thanks to the President and Dr. Dobson. – Editor.

Single gear and single class
Editors,
I have to agree with Andrew on his view about sub categories and thesingle speed “class.” I think the dude who pulled off the short track winat Infineon Raceway last month out in Sonoma was sharp. I like single speedbikes but in my mind, a separate class is over the top. A lot of riderswhere I live in Nor Cal would strongly disagree.On another rant, NORBA should also limit a racer in the beginner classfrom racing more than 3 sanctioned events – ever.
Chuck ScarpelliMore presidential cycling
Hey Mark Schroeder(see “What’sthe real story on Bush’s Biff” in last Wednesday’s mail bag).A couple of things to consider: Kerry biffed it on smooth flat roads,unhindered by traffic or other cyclists and going slow. Bush biffed itin the woods on a mountain-bike trail at least trying to go fast. Kerryrides a bike to create an impression, so naturally he rides in the middleof a city where plenty of media can snap pictures.It’s like snow boarding on green-dot slopes, for all to see (where hebiffed it also). If you’re one of the young impressionable kids that thinkhe’s cool because he has a Serotta, and rides a snowboard, I hope you stillhave that same feeling if he gets the chance to tax the %^&* out allof us while he flies in his new 757 and drives his (wife’s) SUVs. I’m surethe Secret Service won’t let him ride the bike, since he can’t keep it upright.
Bill Peirce
Sandy, UtahSo Bill, given that he hasn’t hit the deck on his bike yet this year, can we assume that you are voting for Ralph Nader? – Editor


The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.