blue squirrel

after a self-imposed 20 year absence from cycling, the sport i love, i am back and dedicated to holding my own in the superfast 40+ catagory. this blog will tell the journey, the highs and the lows, the team [team becher+] and it's cast of characters, our sponsors, supporters, and other local riders that make it happen... [anonymous comments are lame, cowboy up and put a name or start a blog]

Monday, March 05, 2007


[ED. no squirrels were hurt in the making of this story]

[ontario start]

ok, so it has been a while since the last race update and a few good races have passed.
first off was noah's return to racing at the ONTARIO crit, after his pavement bounding exercise in costa mesa. i am happy to report that noah [soon to be renamed hapy, in forth coming post] kept the rubber side down and did a good job of exorcising the crash demons from his body and mind. it was a strong effort by all, as we were racing the open class with 20 somethings. the course at ontario is fun, with 7 corners and over a mile long. i didn't know how i was feeling, but once the race got a few laps in her, i settled in and went about protecting hapy. with 3 laps to go it was time to see what was left and i went about pulling myself towards the front. all in all a good day of racing and the form is coming along nicely.

[cruising at ontario]

[hapy post race after exorcising the crash demons]

[another fun day for the LA sqaud, where's greg?]

some cool photos by mitch wardman

next on the list is yesterdays crit down in DOMINGUEZ HILLS. it was another super early start for the BAR series 40+ set at 7:45am. I had a limited warmup, so i took it out on the field and set tempo at the front for the first 5 or so laps before settling in to the group. it was a really good tempo all day, the up hill parts were a nice addition and i believe we lapped the women twice. the first laps played out as follows, after leading the points leader [making him work a bit] on the first lap, i was recruited by a rider to catch and pass the women as soon as possible. after the he'man effort [i could care less if the women were in front or behind us] , i was recruited by a fellow masi to have some more fun off the front again, which i kindly obliged. then it was time to settle in to the bunch and cruise for a while. as the 4 laps to go was announced, we started to ramp it up a bit and I found the health net masters team sucking wind at the front with 2 lap to go and i saw an opportunity to jump again. i went off the front trying to bridge to the rider that had just jumped before me. i powered it around at the rivet to the finish with 1 lap to go. the other teams had to mark us and dug deep to reel us back in. i was rivet plus as we came around the final corner and started my sprint [don't laugh, she is getting smoother], put my head down and squeezed out what power i had left and didn't lift it until i heard the all to common sound of bikes hitting the pavement, only to catch a glimpse of 3 riders down in front of me. that pretty much busted the sprint and will of most and i cruised in with the front bunch. for what ever reason the dominguiz hills crit had quite a few crashes, but all in all a great course with some up hill bits to make it fun and play a bit to my strengths. oops, almost forgot, this was after hapy and i did 65 miles in the mountains the day before. tour of murrieta is coming up next.

[heading to the line]

[at the line smiling, i am so warped]

[round 1 at the front, points leader in tow, as we dive into our pain cave]

[round 2, points leader no longer in tow and the women one lap down]

[round 3 and almost warmed up]

[final sprint past the mayhem]

[it was a hard effort today, there's a smile under there]

[post race hapy and i, where's greg?]


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