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]

Thursday, January 25, 2007


i have never been a big fan of team cofidis,

1] their french
2] they never really seemed to exude passion while racing, at least to me.

they were always that huge french team that didn't win. but if the whole french cycling culture, as i am to believe it through tons of propaganda, is now dope free and the riders are riding clean, than i am starting to take an interest in them and feel a connection to the underdog, that is if they are truly riding clean. if it turns out just to be a media campaign, than i am going back to ignoring them.

so back to cofidis, they have a new image this year, with a mostly all red kit [tim will love that, since i think he has always loved their kit designs anyway, even though their arm warmers are the same color this year] and really well produced video of the team. if anything, they got the whole media thing right this year.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


what may you ask does this beautiful woman have to do with a] cycling and b] espresso, well my minions, she is the one and only Italian nescafe model, federica fontana. she was the presenter at the liquigas 07 team presentation. that's right, proof once again that cycling and espresso are one in the same. it hurts how you doubted me...

[go to and buy something, i am just a poor blogger that has to use hightech borrowing]

Thursday, January 18, 2007

1998 Giro d'Italia - Stage 19

[not the greatest picture, but what a climb by pantani, miss you il pirata]


this would be the first installment of the DAILY ESPRESSO, [said witha bama' accent] cause if you ain't got a daily [?], than you just ain't blogging. so i will attempt to enforce the undying underlying cohesive non corrosive bond between 'cafe and bicycle racing, not to mention the fact that it tastes really good and i love it. i love it so much i don't intend on quitting, even if all the swedish studies on coffee say how good it is [the swedes drink more coffee per person than any other country, as in an average of 8 cups a day], wait that is a reason to drink it, well anyway i am sure that there is a bad report on coffee consumption somewhere. i am just not going to risk the excruciating, debilitating headaches that comes with quitting, and no i am not hooked on espressoooo, i am simply an espresso freak, so shut up.

[classic gibo [who's the squirt next to him], and at the time sponsored by an espresso machine company, classic]

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

07 kit

and now for public viewing prior to our televised team introduction, the following is our new 07' kit. sorry nike, but we were designed and in production at canari before your designers came up with the brilliant idea that black was the new blue, so 2007.

[looking good in black, or is that badass in black...]

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


it has been a long cold california holiday season. here i am finally getting back to blogging after spending most of my time training, working, and getting the team organized and sponsors in line for the new season. more on that to come, so in the mean time you can entertain yourself with the following tidbit.