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]

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


well, here you go, the last attacks i will be covering at the front of any crit / circuit race for a long time. enjoy the action as i cover all the attacks, prior to doing my best effort at a hand stand at 30mph+. then you will see the after effects of a cruel season ender [or is that endo?]

[really, i want a large pizza with anchovies, garlic and pesto sauce]

[what, no pizza delivery here?]

[i was in the LA curcuit race and all i got were these Ti staples]

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Sunday, April 15, 2007


wow, what a great bike race today, paris - roubaix was won by one tough, courageous stuey o'grady. paris - roubaix is the great equalizer and by this i mean that a rider has to rely on their own grit and team tactics are relegated to the breakfast table. this is true bike racing, mono a mono, hard against hard. where the brave raise to the cream of the crop. where equal parts of courage and crazy takes you to the top spot on the podium. too see someone like stuey work so hard through the season and never quite pull off a win, a tear comes to ones eye. what an effort, what passion, what pain.

he attacked with about 24Km to go, that is an eternity in bike racing, especially with someone like giant tom gunning for you. o'grady stuck it though and dug deep into his pain cave to bring his inner hard man to the fore. paris - roubaix has always been one of my favorites, if not my favorite race since i was 14 and watching the spectacle, the glamour on wide world of sports. it is so refreshing in this world of one race specialists, robotic like teams and tactics, media jealousy, to see a race so hard, so long, so steeped in tradition, come down to just the rider and his effort, his passion. i love bike racing and this is why. what other sport can have a great event like this that transforms a team sport into an individual sport and than back to a team sport. and least i forget to mention, where is there a sport where an old man on a second tiered low budget team, with very little support, can storm to third place, solely on determination, grit, and courage. way to weseman, way to sock it to the young guns one last time.

ok, it is now getting hard for me to see, as the tears of joy stream, time to find a tissue and wipe away the joy that flows from my heart [and i didn't even win, that is true testament to what a great sport this is].

weseman on the attack

magnus backstedt [trailing weseman] , my friend and my odds on favorite to win, punctured after this and had to settle for 47th [next year maggie]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


reenactment of my debacle courtesy of marco velo, nice technique [although the bulgarian judge only gave him a 7, what a travesty]

Monday, April 09, 2007


it really sucks to put in months and months of training, start to get good form and than miss the best part of the season.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


well here i am 2 days post-op and feeling a little better. the op was successful, the post-op not so well, i did not recover from the anesthesia as planned. during the afternoon through the evening, i proceeded to work on my race weight and quickly approached ideal polka dot jersey winning weight. i felt good enough to come home yesterday afternoon.

DAILY ESPRESSO: ok, if any of you know me well or spent more than a few hours with me, you know that my only vice is espresso and apparently hospitals don't serve it. so added to the discomfort of the post-op effects of the anesthesia, people pulling my shoulder apart and drilling into it, i was jonesing pretty bad for some creamy espresso. so the team angel stopped by urth caffe on the way home for my usual italia cappuccino [low fat of course]. oh, it never tasted so good.

ok, back on the pain meds for a few more days.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

rbs update

rbs goes in for some hardware monday morning.
a titanium plate will be place on the collarbone to correct the break that slide into a worse position last week.

more news after the surgery.