Badger’s Bike Squad


screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-10-06-38Badger’s Bike Squad (BBS) comprises Adrian Mathews (Badger), Steve Birkbeck, retired British detective and stand-up comedian manqué, and Yves Krier, French playwright, wit and raconteur. Once a week this intrepid trio sets out for a one-day cycle ride, a different person devising the route each time and ensuring that there’s a decent auberge at midway point for lunch. The aim? A nice day out, a bit of a laugh, a cycling challenge, and to discover the highways and byways of rural Touraine.

The latest round trip of 58 kilometres was to Chinon, taking in the ruins of an old abbey (where the final campaign against the English was decided upon), Emilien’s excellent wine cellar and the beautiful old town of Chinon. But the adventure was not without its mishaps. You can watch the video by clicking HERE

A video of the previous ride down the valley of the river Creuse can be viewed HERE.

Watch this blog for further BBS escapades!

The Saint-Epain - Chinon round route.
The Saint-Epain – Chinon round route.
Badger's Bike Squad: Steve Birkbeck, Adrian Mathews (Badger), Yves Krier
Badger’s Bike Squad: Steve Birkbeck, Adrian Mathews (Badger), Yves Krier

 The Badger Song, written by Steve Birkbeck

I’m pedaling on for Badger
He’s in front, he’s in front
I’m pedaling on for Badger
He’s behind, he’s behind
No matter where I am
Paris or Vietnam
Badger is always on my mind

I’m spinning spokes and flying with the wind  
I can hear gears a-changing Badger’s close behind
He’s closing in so fast
My legs aren’t going to last
Badger is always on my mind

The skies go on for ever
The mountain climbs are tough
When I fear I will surrender
When I feel I’ve had enough
Badger’s there beside me
He whispers words so kind
Yes Badger, Badger, he’s always on my mind.

VERSION 2.

CHORUS:
Badger on the run
We’re going to have some fun
When bikes run free
We know that he
He’s the One.

Badger thinks of things that might have been
Of all the valleys never seen
And so he pedals on in song
Rolls towards another dream
We’re not so far behind
Badger’s always on our mind.

CHORUS

Badger’s kind, Badger’s calm,
Badger’s wisdom does no harm
There’s no one he cannot charm
For everyone he does belong
So pedal on to search and find
Badger, he’s always on our mind.

CHORUS

 


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