Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Wednesday’s Mailbag: No downhill; VDB and more

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com. 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.All dressed up and no where to go (down)Editors,Wow, what sad news that Big Bear is banning downhill bikes (see"Gravityracing (and riding) to be banned at Big Bear").While there are other places for DHers to ride, this means the nearestNORBA NCS DH race from the Bay Area is 800 miles

Don't miss a moment from Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you join Outside+.

The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com. 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.


All dressed up and no where to go (down)
Editors,
Wow, what sad news that Big Bear is banning downhill bikes (see”Gravityracing (and riding) to be banned at Big Bear“).While there are other places for DHers to ride, this means the nearestNORBA NCS DH race from the Bay Area is 800 miles away in Park City, Utah.I realize people from other states have to drive tremendous distancesbut, after all, California actually has mountains. Hopefully TeamBig Bear or another organizer can step up and provide another venue. DoI hear Tahoe in ’06?
Dave McCrimmon
San Jose, CaliforniaWhat goes down, should go up (on its own)
Editor,
If you want to eliminate downhillers, let gravity do the dirty work:Don’t sell lift tickets!
Chris Wippern
Fresno, CaliforniaEase up on VDB
Hey folks,
Given all the e-mail and newsprint about the blood doping and EPO,etc., I think the recent penalty handed down to Vandenbroucke was justtoo severe (see “Vandenbrouckesentenced to community service“).Given his proclivity to “cheating” and his propensity for doing it “somany times” – I think he deserves something (penalty) more like a nastyletter from the UCI and a paper cut for his deeds!I think that will be as much an incentive (deterrent) to him as havehis past penalties. Let’s see… 200 hours of community service?Hey, he’s a bike rider; maybe he can do community service for our youthin the area of cycling. Ooops, bad idea!Sometimes I wonder how much tubular glue these folks are sniffing whendealing with habitual offenders.
Patrick Buono
Flower Mound, TexasThe mother of all defenses
Dear Editor:
I was dumbfounded by Tyler Hamilton’s quote in the Denver Post(see “Cyclingin the News“): “The last time I looked, I wasn’t pregnant. Or awoman.” Is he kidding? The last time I checked, and I teach college biology,pregnant women still had blood cells, and the antigens on the surface ofthose cells are the basis for the test results Hamilton disputes. Sex and/orpregnancy hormones are not involved in the test.I have been an avid fan of Hamilton ever since he, as an 18-year-old,walloped me, ten years his senior, in a time trial in Massachusetts. Theweight of the evidence, however, seems heavily stacked against him. Histhree positive test results, from two different races, were obtained usinga method that is well-accepted and understood. It is highly unlikely thatall three results were false positives. It is also curious that the otherpositive result, by the same test and also being denied, is from Hamilton’steammate Santiago Perez. What are we to make of all the Vuelta racers whotested negative?Hamilton may well escape sanction, for example because the test wasnot properly accredited or a similar legal technicality, but from a scientificstandpoint there doesn’t appear to be a lot of uncertainty. I’ve withheldjudgment until now, but his latest quote really struck me as grasping atstraws.
Sincerely,
Michael Dougherty
Midlothian, VirginiaOne more observation from Mr. Spellcheck
Editors,
I thought it was particularly ironic that the MS Word correction for”Rebellin” is “Rebellion.”
Rich Miles
Doylestown, PennsylvaniaLike we said, Mr. Spellcheck does his best to offer little nuggetsof truth now and then. – Editor


The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com. 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.