Thursday, October 3, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: First for His Country


As Mads Pedersen (Denmark) out sprinted the erstwhile favorite, Matteo Trentin (Italy) he became the first Dane to ever when the Rainbow Jersey of UCI Road World Champion!  Trentin seemed gutted to not have the legs to finish the sprint he had opened up.  While I am sure he accepted it, he looked most distraught in winning Silver.  It was Stefan Kung (Switzerland) who had followed the wheel of the American, Lawson Craddock that set up this three way sprint for medals.  Kung didn't have much of a sprint but seem quite contented with his Bronze Medal.

It has been a great World Championships and a wonderful season of bike racing (yes, I know that there are still a few more races this season), but this is the last of my cycling art paintings for 2019.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400892-53-266225/First%20for%20His%20Country%20%20UCI19-53.html

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Late Attack


Peter Sagan (Slovakia) - the three time former World Champion - had been hiding in the peloton all day.  In fact, I wasn't even sure he was in Harrogate for the Worlds at all.  But here he is attacking the peloton with about three kilometers left to race.  Sagan has left it a little too late, but did hold off the rest of the very reduced peloton to take fifth on the line.  I admit it, I am a big fan of Sagan.  I even have a picture of him holding one of my early paintings of him that was awarded him for being a "Rider of the Year" in the early days of his career.  Naturally, I had to paint him since he finally showed his face (sort of).

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400887-52-266225/Late%20Attack%20%20UCI19-52.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Three Men, Three Medals


It was now down to just three men on the front end of the race.  With just four kilometers left it was Mads Pedersen (Denmark) leading Stefan Kung (Switzerland) and Matteo Trentin (Italy) towards the final turns and climbs of these rather amazing (although wet) World Championships.  Of the trio, it is Trentin who had the reputation of being a world class sprinter.  He has spent the last couple of months racing in the European Champion's Jersey, but would gladly trade it in for the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion.  So with three men, it means they all will take home a medal, it just comes down to what medal it may be.  It seems very unlikely that anyone can come across the gap given it was over a minute with less than four kilometers.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400879-51-266225/Three%20Men,%20Three%20Medals%20%20UCI19-51.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Three More


Up the road, the original break was joined by three more (although it was now only five guys up front), so this trio set off to join in on the chance for a medal at the line in Harrogate.  Toms Skujins (Latvia) was eager for both Gorka Izagirre (Spain) and Carlos Betacur (Colombia) to help him chance down the front of the race.  For Izaguiree, it was important for him to get the country's colors out front.  So many of his countrymen have already abandoned the race, including the defending World Champion.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400876-50-266225/Three%20More%20%20UCI19-50.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Three After Three


With just thirty two kilometers left to race, it was time to be off the front.  With three guys up the road, this trio of Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands), Daniel Martinez (Colombia) and Matteo Trentin (Italy) were hoping to get to the business end of the race.  Van Der Poel and Trentin are two of the names that have been bandied about as being the one that will pull on a warm, dry, Rainbow Jersey.  Martinez was just smart enough to catch a good set of wheels when he saw them.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400875-49-266225/Three%20After%20Three%20%20UCI19-49.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Launching


Mads Pedersen (Denmark) was the first to bridge across to the duo of Stefan Kung (Switzerland) and Lawson Craddock (USA).  As the Dane and Kung climb up the Oak Beck Hill, it was Craddock who found his legs just didn't have it anymore.  Craddock, as he had in his first Tour de France, fought to stay in the race, but this time he eventually pulled off the bike.  With the American gone, it was looking like Pedersen and Kung were going to have the legs to go the distance.  And it was quite a distance, 258 kilometers in the cold and wet.

Watch this painting come together in this quick time lapse video.  You can see it here and on my YouTube channel.


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400872-48-266225/Launching%20%20UCI19-48.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: A Small Gap


I had wanted to entitle this painting, "Showing Their Colors," but then realized there isn't much color between the two of them.  It appears that Lawson Craddock (USA) and Stefan Kung (Switzerland) had gotten their kit from the same store.  Beneath their rain kits, one was in red, white and blue and the other was wearing a white cross on a read field.  The only color in the painting came from the fans and officials along the side of the crest of the climb Oak Bend. 

The duo was opening up a small fifteen second gap on the every dwindling peloton.  Was this going to be the move that ended in a Rainbow Jersey?

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400671-47-266225/A%20Small%20Gap%20%20UCI19-47.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: He's Had Enough


The length (258 kilometers) and the weather conditions did not make for many happy riders.  Once someone cracked on the steepest of climbs on the Harrogate circle, it wasn't far to the team support area.  It had to be way too tempting to just pull off the road and leave the race.  For Jonathan Castroviego (Spain) he had the added dis-incentive that his team leader (and defending World Champion) Alejandro Valverde, had all ready abandon the defense of his jersey.  I would say it wasn't a day for those of sunny climes, but many nordic riders had already abandoned the race as well.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400640-46-266225/He's%20Had%20Enough%20%20UCI19-46.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: One Long, Cold Wet Line


As I have said already, it was not a pleasent day to be out on the roads of Harrogate today.  The peloton looked rather sodden as they rode through the finish line on the first of nine laps through the city.  They had pulled back the earlier break away, there were just too many guys who could take the race to allowed them their lead.  As they splashed past the crowds, it was the French team being lead by Remy Cavagna and Anthony Roux, with Magnus Cort and Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) helping to set a tough pace on the front of the strung out peloton.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see. 

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400607-45-266225/One%20Long,%20Cold,%20Wet%20Line%20%20UCI19-45.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Stripping Down


With the foul weather, it was a challenge to get the attire right.  The heavy rains had already removed two of the climbs due to flooded roads at the base of both climbs.  Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) was having a tough day of it.  As the peloton neared the now nine circuits around Harrogate, he decided he would remove his leg warmers before the racing really got serious.  As he pulled off each one he would wring them out, squeezing what appeared to be a cup of water from each one.  I can only imagine that as wet as they were, they weren't doing much for warmth, not to mention how much they must have weighed.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Please be sure to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you like what you see. 

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400589-44-266225/Stripping%20Down%20%20UCI19-44.html