Monday, July 25, 2016

La Course: I Can't Believe It


As Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High 5) crossed the line, she held her hands to her face in disbelieve.  She had chased down the fleeing Eleonora Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) with less than a kilometer to go.  She starter her sprint just after rounding the last corner around the Place de la Concorde, under the shadow of Joan d'Arc.  She was able to hold off the fast closing Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) who is the defending champion from last year's rather rain soaked event.  She did well to survive the late crashes that took out some of the bigger names in the sport, and held others or their lead out trains behind.  Coming in second was Lotto Lepisto (Cervelo Bigla).  Others in this painting include Roxane Fournier (Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86) and Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco Silicon Valley).

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828546-22-207546/PaintingI%20Can'%20Believe%20It%20LC7-Greig-Leach.html#.V5W-0rgrLIU

La Course: Flying Away

Hoping to be able to rely on her time trial skills, Eleonora Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) went off the front of the peloton with just 2 kilometers left to ride.  She was still holding everyone off as she went under the flame rouge showing the riders that their was only one kilometer left to race.  It was looking like the Dutch girl had made the winning move as she road by the gardens outside of the Louvre.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828544-21-207546/PaintingFlying%20Away%20LC6-Greig-Leach.html#.V5W6z7grLIU

La Course: What's Left?

Laura Stephens (Tibco Silicon Valley) looked into the eyes of Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv) trying to determine if she had anything left.  The two were joined in the next break by Amy Pieters (Wiggle High 5).  With just eight kilometers left to go, they were in with a real chance.  In less than a kilometer they would hear the welcome sound of  the bell signifying one lap to go.  As the race has gone on the crowds have grown by leaps and bounds.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828543-20-207546/PaintingWhat's%20Left?%20LC5-Greig-Leach.html#.V5W4K7grLIU

La Course: Come Around

As I said, as soon as one group was caught, another went.  Now it is Danielle King (Wiggle High5) looking over her shoulder.  She is both checking on her progress and trying to convince her companion riding for LIV-Plantur to come around to take a pull.  The woman behind the rider on the front will use thirty percent less energy than the one on the front.  Given the effort, King was trying to get a little help pushing through the wind.  Both were riding in the gutter up against the barriers trying to find the smoothest course up the Champs Elysees.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828540-19-207546/PaintingCome%20Around%20LC4-Greig-Leach.html#.V5W0bLgrLIU

La Course: Trying to Escape

With the first break away back in the fold, several more attempts were made to get of the front.  Every time they were pulled back, just to see another group try again.  Riding in the Capital of her homeland, Audrey Cordon (Wiggle High5) felt she would be the one to get away.  She was joined by riders from UnitedHealthcare and Orica-AIS.  I am sorry that I wasn't able to discover these riders names.  I really do want to name everyone who gets out and competes in the professional peloton.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828537-18-207546/PaintingTrying%20to%20Escape%20LC3-Greig-Leach.html#.V5WxorgrLIU

La Course: In the Gutter

Prior to the men arrive for the final sprint of the Tour de France, it was the women's turn to race on the cobbled boulevard between the Louvre and the l'Arc du Triomphe.  The constant jarring of the cobbles can be very fatiguing so the women are all trying to ride in the gutter, the only section of some pavement to be found.  The gutter brings the risk of flat tires or worse.  I have once clipped a curb with my pedal sending me sprawling on the ground.  Later in the race, there were some crashes where at least one time, the curb was the cause for these hard women, too.  Riding on the back for now is the American,  Alison Tetrick (Cylance Pro Cycling).  Joining her were riders from ALE Cipolini and Boels Dolmans.  I have become a fan of Cylance ever since they added Kathryn Bertine to their roster.  Just to tie it into a nice little bow, she was part of the group that help to make La Course happen.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828534-17-207546/PaintingIn%20the%20Gutter%20LC2-Greig-Leach.html#.V5WunbgrLIU

La Course: Making the First Attack

It was a power foursome that were to get off the front of the third annual La Course.  La Course is a Pro Tour Women's race contested on the finishing circuit of the final stage of the Tour de France.  It was the newly minted British National Champion, Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM), who was joined by Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv), Olga Zabelinskaya (BePink) and Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans).  The women used the downhill section of the Champs Elysees to open up a bit of a gap on those behind.  It was rather early in the race, so it was unlikely that they would be able to stay away for the rest of the day.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, just follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Professional%20Womens%20Cycling/2828532-16-207546/PaintingMaking%20the%20First%20Attack%20LC1-Greig-Leach.html#.V5WrZLgrLIU



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tour, Final Stage: When It Mattered Most

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) has won at least one stage in the previous five Tours de France.  At the start of the day, he had yet to cross the line first in any of the prior twenty stages in this edition of the Grand Boucle.  As the German National Champion crossed the line he looked to his right, just making sure that the fast closing Maillot Vert of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) didn't beat him with his highly effective bike throw to the line.  At least this time he did not.  The sprint for the final stage victory was opened up by the Norwegian sprinter, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), but he was no match for the "Gorilla."  Perhaps if the line had been another 100 meters, Sagan would have gotten around the powerful German sprinter.  The other Norwegian sprinting for the line was the national champion, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) who crossed the line in fourth place.  Sprint duties for his South African team fell to Boasson Hagen since the very successful Mark Cavendish left the Tour before the Alps to prepare for the Summer Olympics.  Rounding out the top five was Michael "Bling" Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange).  It is a nice fitting end to my day's paintings since the pair had shook hands prior to the end of the neutral start seventy kilometers ago.

This is the last of my Tour paintings for this year.  I am currently painting La Course and will post those in the next couple of hours.  Following that, I will take a bit of a break before capturing the Summer Olympics in Rio in about two weeks time.  I will be painting the lion share of the sporting events, not just focusing on cycling.  I hope you will check back for the "Art of the Olympics"

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202016/2828517-162-224974/PaintingWhen%20It%20Matters%20Most%20TdF163-Greig-Leach.html#.V5VrNLgrLIU

Tour, Final Stage: Is There No Justice?

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) was the second of the marquee sprinters to suffer a flat tire.  However unlike Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep), Coquard had the misfortune to have his mechanical on the bell lap.  As he pulled off looking for his team car, he knew that his dream of taking out the final stage of the 2016 Tour de France, was further away than the l'Arc du Triomphe.  It was going to be impossible to catch back on even if he already had gotten back underway.  It seem cruelly unjust to have the French sprinter and best hope for a French win on the Champs Elysees to be unable to sprint for victory.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202016/2828515-161-224974/PaintingIs%20There%20No%20Justice?%20TdF162-Greig-Leach.html#.V5VjrrgrLIU

Tour, Final Stage: A Bit of a Gap

As it usually goes on the Champs Elysees, as soon as one escape was brought back to the peloton another one goes.  First to go off on his own was Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) not the first time in the Tour he has left the peloton behind.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) road across the gap to join forces with the Kazakhstan and together the pair built on their advantage over the peloton.  While I have enjoyed all the vistas that have played across my television screen during the Tour, I am always thrilled to see Paris a city I have visited five times since I was a teenager.  I admit, I would much rather be walking the streets now than sitting in Richmond, Virginia.  My love of bike racing started when I purchase my first cycling magazine in Paris, Eddy Merckx was on the cover.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202016/2828514-160-224974/PaintingA%20Bit%20of%20a%20Gap%20TdF161-Greig-Leach.html#.V5Vew7grLIU