Wednesday’s mailbag: Davis, STXC and the chairman of the board

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.Davis has a friend in FolsomEditor:Thanks so much for that article on Davis Phinney. It was well written and meaningful. Keep up the good work. A lot of us are concerned about Davis and it is good to know he can still ride. Let him know he has

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.


Davis has a friend in Folsom
Editor:
Thanks so much for that article on Davis Phinney. It was well written and meaningful. Keep up the good work. A lot of us are concerned about Davis and it is good to know he can still ride. Let him know he has lots of support in his battle.

Jim Kirstein
Folsom, California

It’s not the bike, it’s the course
Editor:
If any governing body has a problem with mountain bikers using road bikes to win races, please vent your frustrations on the course designers, not the riders by drumming up new equipment rules. If a mountain bike race can be won on a road bike, it’s not a mountain bike race. It is a road race in which mountain bikers happen to be competing. Got a problem with it? Design mountain bike courses.

Jeremiah Bell
Anchorage, Alaska

That wooden be nice . . .
Editor:
Let’s face it, crits get the blood pumping. As long as no hands come off the bars and no deliberate hooking occurs, banging elbows and/or bars is part of the game. What’s not is the 2-by-4. Gaggioli is lucky Sundt was Sundt. If he had come at me, an out-of-the-service SEAL, he’d have splinters up various orifices and a whole new idea of what springing wood is all about. Can’t we all just race along?

E.A. Aneas
Nashville, Tennessee

Gagg’ is lucky to still have a job
Editor:
Gaggioli expresses shock and dismay at his suspension – he feels it is too severe and that it impacts his ability to perform his “job.” I think Gagg has spent far too much of his adult life in Lycra and needs to understand how it is handled in the “real world.”

I work for a large international corporation, and if I ever allowed a disagreement at work to descend into shouting (which I wouldn’t in the first place; it’s just a job) I would have the pleasure of a one-on-one with Human Resources and possible disciplinary action. If the hypothetical argument went even further and involved assault with a 2×4 (even if only to “scare” my tormentor, as Gagg’ recently stated) I would be immediately terminated and charges would be pressed.

Gagg’ is damn lucky that he received the slap on the wrist that he did; he now needs to shut up take his punishment like a man.

Aaron Hubbell
Indianapolis, Indiana

We worked for a union newspaper once, back in the day, and there were only two things for which a staffer could be immediately sacked, no discussion, end of story: Being drunk on the job, or assaulting someone. We’re proud to say we never assaulted anyone. — 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.