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Letters to Cyclingnews November 29, 2001
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Dear Cycling News,
Thanks, and ciao!
Is Lance going to ride for George like he did for Roberto? (Read story)
Justin N Greene
If it is at all possible, please forward to Bart Bowen.
Just read the update
about your unfortunate and untimely meeting with the ground, and second
round with the bone-people. I hope your recovery is quick from here
on, and the physiotherapy painless. I was just in alb this past week
with not much time to visit. Say hello to any and everyone if you think
of it. Again best wishes, enjoy the time off.
Sounds a lot like the Nicole Reinhart tragedy in September 2000 ...
I'm very sorry to hear of the loss to the Australian cycling and triathlon communities. (Read story)
Steven L. Sheffield
There is an error in your explanation of the action of Viagra which does not explain why Viagra and nitrate drugs are typically not used together (Read story). Viagra inhibits the degradation of cyclic-GMP in vascular smooth muscle (VSM). Cyclic-GMP is a compound produced in vascular smooth muscle cells upon stimulation by nitric oxide. It is ultimately intracellular cyclic-GMP which triggers a relaxation by the VSM which leads to an erection. Normally, the enzyme cyclic-GMP-esterase degrades the cyclic-GMP to GMP, attenuating the VSM response--this prevents the nitric oxide signal from being a permanent one. Viagra is an inhibitor of cyclic-GMP-esterase. Therefore, it prolongs the effect of nitric oxide signaling though it does not actually modulate nitric oxide production. This is why one should not take nitrate-drugs (which release nitric oxide into the blood stream) and Viagra together. The result could be a complete collapse of blood pressure.
You are absolutely right. I think lie detector and hair test should
complement the idea of holding samples for future testing (Read
original letter). A future positive sample could at least reduce
the cheater's chance of profiting from the use of these drugs once their
careers are finished due to their inability to do endorsements and publish
or provide sport commentary.
Dear Mr. Forni,
In response to Nicholas Boyden's response to Scott "I AM SPARTICUS"
funny letter about Gilberto "me and my Hooligan Boneheads"
Simoni's comments on his being better than Lance.
I'm better in the mountains than Lance Armstrong #2
Go Scotty!!! Nail, Lance Underpants we are with you!!!
I'm better in the mountains than Lance Armstrong #3
To Nicholas Boyden, who thought Goldsteinís letter about Lance was
disrespectful to Ullrich and Simoni, I would say you entirely missed
the point. I think the main point was that given the UTTER DOMINANCE
Lance showed in the mountains this year, it would behove one like Simoni
to keep those 'positive thoughts' to oneself, until one has backed it
up with actual performances in the race that matters. If youíre going
to talk the talk, without having walked the walk, be prepared to get
bagged on for it. Wait, hereís an even better idea! Even if you can
walk the walk (Lance), shut up about it anyway (Lance)!
I'm better in the mountains than Lance Armstrong #4
Hey guys at cycling news:
Dave "Il Gatto" Calabro
I was wondering if there is anyone out there who can help me? I collect
national champion jerseys and recently I have lost some due to fire
/ water damage and am looking to replace as many as I can and get as
many new ones as I can. If you have any road, mountain, or cyclocross
national champion jerseys that you would like to sell contact me at
my e-mail address below. If you know of any shops that also might have
some old national champion stuff that they might be interested in selling
please send me their name and phone number as well. If you have one
jersey or a hundred please drop me a line. Thank you for your time.
Your short article on the Criterium in honor of Manuel Sanroma mentioned
an upcoming on-line auction on 15th December for Oscar Sevilla's bike.....do
you have the Web address for this event.
I'm from Australia, but am now living in the Czech Republic. Back
home I often had the problem of not setting off the sensors for traffic
lights and being 'forced' to go through a red one. They have what seems
a very sensible system with lights here that pretty much negates this
problem (Read original
letter). At smaller intersections (those with less traffic) at non-peak
times of the day, the lights flash orange, which means you treat it
as a regular intersection and pass through with some care (well actually
a great deal of care, lest some insane Czech driver clean you up, but
that's a different story). Anyway this means you almost never sit at
a set of lights with no one else around and don't make the lights turn.
This is also great when driving as well as riding..
Running red lights #2
The secret of red lights...
I find that if I roll slowly over the supposed sensor grid/plate/coil
in a zig-zagging fashion (more sine like), it appears to trigger the
lights - green to go!! I even think that there may be a way of triggering
the lights with the cleats of your shoes; it seems to open up boom-gates
without delay and also makes a disturbing sight when walking over such
sensors; do cyclists have such magical properties??
I've been following the Tour Du Faso coverage with a great deal of
interest. Hopefully, I'll be traveling to Nigeria in a year and a half
to conduct fieldwork for school, and if my presence there could help
the development of racing in the area, I would like to do whatever I
Cadel Evans #2
Cadel has many years in front of him. He's been hired by an ultra
powerful team; he can choose the Colnago bike he wants (imagine; choose!).
Awesome team; they have sea deep resources of all racer types, and also
have money and doc's. I believe he's fair dinkum star material.
Garth asks: "Is it just me, or is the Tour boring and formulaic?"
The Tour is boring #2
I agree. The problem is that the finish in Paris is now politically
essential, despite it resulting in a final week that is something of
The Tour is boring #3
Lance 30 minutes behind going into the mountains, Jan's valiant effort,
the race for the Green Jersey, Ja Ja.
Thanks to Leslie for bringing this to my attention. Yes there certainly
will be the 14th edition of the Skilled Bay Cycling Classic held next
John Trevorrow, Race Director
Skilled Bay Cycling Classic #2
In reply to request from Lesley in London regarding the Tour Down
Under, my strong advice is to come. The tour is based in central Adelaide
and while some stages start or finish out of Adelaide, it is easy to
get to these destinations. (Public transport, tour coaches etc, network
with friends etc).
To tell you the truth about what the podium girls said about Lance
would be outright dangerous and un-American. I was listening to the
French channel and they had a show on what the podium girls thought
of the different riders that reached the podium on the tour. They all
had thumbs up for Oscar Sevilla of course, and one of them said Lance
was very aggressive and cocky. I think a lot of these French girls are
only flattering themselves and confidence is often mistaken for aggressive
behavior. Especially when it comes to Americans in Europe.
Episode IV A New Hope
But what hope have we. What hope have we of pushing Lance to his greatest!
Brilliant - made my morning reading this and chuckling out loud at work! (Read original letter)
What is Possum? #2
I love Yanks!!! What a load of crap!!! Keep it coming I need a laugh!!!
Steve, I've worked in bike shops for almost 20 years and campy hasn't touched Shimano in the last 10 in any catagorie! Do you know how many failed and screwed up campy hubs I have seen? Have you tried getting eight speed anything from campy? And look at the back side of a record crank sometime...they don't even polish it, a small thing granted, but Shimano dura ace is!
One thing I've noticed about cycling Web sites and magazines is that they constantly talk about and have interviews with their favourites, for example, how many interviews have I read about bloody Lance Armstrong!! Don't get me wrong, I love Lance as a rider and a person, but, I can't take hearing the same stories over and over again.
Cycling should be about the so-called "little men" as much as the big boys,just because they weren't given the god given talent to win the Tour or Giro does not mean that the fans don't want to hear from them. Now, my favourite rider is Andrea Tafi,he is one of the greats, but, not totally respected for it because he's no big mouth or because he can't climb the Alps faster than Pantani. Since you like glorying other rider's comebacks and great achievements and forget about Tafi's, I'll explain his story in 2001!
Tafi should have ridden the Tour of Langkawi in Malasyia to set his form for the season, but, sickness at the last minute meant he had to stay home, 12 days of racing missed already in a country where he is a cycling king. Lanfranchi took his place and won three stages plus the overall.
Then his first objective of the season was ruined, the Tour of Flanders. The night before the three Days of De Panne he got severe stomach cramps and headed back to Italy and was operated on. The same weekend, unbelievably, he rode Flanders, working for the team before his poor form made him drop back.
In Paris-Roubaix he really wanted to win, and after some brave riding dropped back, why? Well unknown to him and Mapei he had two hernias in his left shin bone, Tafi was riding like this and finished Roubaix, top Mapei in 27th place just outsprinted for a World Cup Point!!!
Another operation followed and a cast resulting in 3 weeks not walking and 5 weeks not training let alone racing, really Tafi's season should have been over and perhaps his career, but, after two canceled race appointments he came back attacking at the Regio Tour in Germany, and then in only his sixth day back he won after an 80km break, the first stage of the Tour of Burgos, and took the lead in all the jerseys, he then finished 16th in the Tour of Poland, 13th in GP Prato and was constantly attaking.
He was once again stupidly left out of the World's and then finished 16th in Milan-Turin and 2nd in Firenze-Pistonia and recently re-signed for Mapei for 2002, his 9th successive season with the world's best team. 2002 could be his last season, but in 2001 he fought back from injury, sickness, two operations, poor form and thoughts of retirement to become a winner again.
Now that's a comeback for a so called poor rider, respect everyone and their stories guys, because concentrating on the same characters means you're missing out on the other heroes, they really are the backbone of our great sport.
Sunday, November 25 2001
I think the BCF did the right thing in letting him off with a warning.
When I was racing it was ridiculous the lengths I'd go to to avoid taking
a normal cold remedy. And I know most riders are the same. Just because
we ride a bike at a competent level we're not allowed to live normal
lives. Since in Britain basically all elite riders are working full
time too, it's a bit cheeky to expect people with normal lives to lead
to drag themselves around with colds and flu and not get treated like
Julian Winn #2
Well said Gert, and it also helps if one is related to someone on the "inside" it would seem!
There seems to be some confusion over what was clearly marked on the
product that Winn took (Trim Right). He did test positive for ephedrine,
but this, nor Ma-Haung was listed on any of the ingredients, literature,
Web sites etc.
Rather belatedly I read John Lieswyn's diary account from the Tour
of Southland. I must say that I thought John's comments were incredibly
mature and I was very impressed by his honesty and his ability to put
things in perspective. I only hope that John comes back to do the Tour
of Southland again next year (or any other New Zealand tour for that
matter), as I am sure that his attitude is the kind we should all admire
and try to emulate. For my part I will be circulating John's comments
to as many NZ cyclists as I can, in the hope that they will recognise
his balanced outlook on life and bike racing (in that order) and give
him a better chance next time.
Friday, November 30 2001
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