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Wednesday’s mail: God, ‘cross and Lance

VeloNews.com welcomes your letters. If you run across somethingin the pages of VeloNews magazine or see something on VeloNews.comthat causes you to want to write us, dropus a line.Please include your full name and home town. By submitting mail to thisaddress, you are consenting to the publication of your letter.From the pulpitGuys,I don't want to drag this out any longer than need be.But I just wanted to say to O'Grady that as a Christian pastor and acyclist, I wasn't offended in the least by your "Losing my religion" column.(see Friday's foaming rant: "Losin'my religion"

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From the pulpit
Guys,
I don’t want to drag this out any longer than need be.But I just wanted to say to O’Grady that as a Christian pastor and acyclist, I wasn’t offended in the least by your “Losing my religion” column.(see Friday’s foaming rant: “Losin’my religion” and Monday’s mail bag “O’Gradyis offensive to Christians“)I thought it was pretty clear from the get-go that the column was ametaphor.As for Bryan- I find it telling that he shares only his first name withus. I’m sure he is well-meaning in his defensive reaction, but I do hopethat by now he’s seen the error of his ways? Christianity can stand beinghandled with “dirty hands”, you know? (Not that I presume to know anythingabout P.O’G.’s spiritual standing).I appreciated O’Grady’s use of the Bible, use of the Biblical metaphor.Thanks for reminding people about it! Good cartoons, too, by the way.Just my two cents.Rob Kristoff
North Shore Chapel
Danvers, MAIf you hold it, they will come
Editor;
Why not make cyclo-cross a “demonstration sport” for the ’06 gamesin Torino.The chances of cross becoming a medal sport definitely increase if theworld sees and responds positively to it.Mike Marine‘Cross doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance
Editor
It’s always been my understanding that for a sport to qualify for theWinter Olympics, it had to be conducted on either snow or ice, and mustbe practiced in at least 25 nations and three continents, as well as complywith the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code.While the snow/ice conditions certainly enhance the sport of cyclo-cross,at least in the eyes of many fans, they most certainly are not required.Unfortunately, we’d stand a much better chance at getting the disciplineintroduced to the Summer Olympics rather than the Winter Olympics.There is precedence for traditional “winter” sports in the summer games.After all, in the United States, basketball is a “winter” sport, withthe season running from late-October to mid-April … and basketball ismost definitely a Summer Olympic sport.Unfortunately, to qualify for the Summer Games, a sport must be practicedby men in at least 75 nations and four continents and by women in 40 nationsand three continents, and comply with the Olympic Movement Anti-DopingCode.I think we’d be hard-pressed to find 75 nations practicing ‘cross …which means that it’s highly unlikely that cyclo-cross will ever be includedin the Olympics, even if some other sport was yanked.Sucks, don’t it?Steven L. Sheffield
Salt Lake City, UTComplete Idiocy
Editor:
In Steve Duffy’s letter, (see Tuesday’smail bag “Another Tour de… yawnnnnn?”) the writer indicates thatbecause Lance Armstrong hasn’t had a bad day since ’99 that there mightbe something to those rumors in the French media that he is doping.Complete Idiocy.In America, and presumably France as well, we have this thing calledsupposition of innocence. Just because Lance Armstrong dominates does notmean he dopes. The writer begins his letter with a complaint that the LAdomination is boring and he would prefer a more competitive race.He then rambles into suspicion of doping. There was also a mention ofpatriotism. Get a point before you write something. Is it the Tour beingboring or are you speculating about cheating??? VeloNews ought tohave more restraint than to print one individual’s rant that an athletemight be cheating at the highest level, without any proof of such cheating.Jason Jouet
Indian Head, MDSteve, you know not of what you speak
Steve Duffy, what were ya thinking?So the Tour de France bores you because it’s presently dominated byLance Armstrong? Next time I see the guy on a ride around Austin, I’llask him to keep his pace in the Tour down, so he can maintain your interest.Maybe we can arrange for him to bonk on a stage, as he did on one, twoyears ago. If he really gets his training right, he should be able to beatBeloki by a second or two in the final stage next time around.With regard to your comment about doping, why not give the guy a break?What research have you done on the subject, aside from sniping from thesidelines? What happened to “innocent until proven guilty?”Sure, we can point out Armstrong’s obsessive focus on the Tour, freakishability, and peerless teammates as reasons for his dominance, qualitiesyou seem not to have thought of. Sorry, Steve, I’m not impressed.Marc WenzelWell, yes, he was on dope
Editor;
Steve Duffy’s not so subtle implication that Lance must be doping iscorrect. As Robin Williams said, it’s called “chemotherapy,” stupid.David Kellem
Hull, MADon’t take on my role model
Steve,Ever since I was a little kid I have wanted something more than sport;something that gave a man a goal a true goal, not a World Series, not aSuper Bowl, but something that made me aspire to be the best in the world.Lance has had that goal since he was a child and I have seen him racesince I was a little boy.  I have wanted to be just like him all ofmy life, this man is a great, you should respect his prestige, and thehonor he has shown us all in the past and present.He does not need drugs, he has openly admitted he has a high lung capacity,as well as a strong tolerance to lactic acid. If you don’t like him whydon’t you come over to Texas talk to the man, and tell him that to hisface. Let’s not play this “I hate Armstrong because I can’t surmount myown one ball, and win the best races in the world!” You should never havesaid that, now the whole of America is writing these e-mails to you!!Alex Billingsley
(Junior racer, and the biggest supporter of Lance you’ll ever find!!!)


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