Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hour Record: The Record & More

Wow!  Jens Voigt, at the end of his career, is the new holder of the Hour Record.  He covered 51.115 kilometers in one hour.  He managed to cover one and a quarter kilometers more than the previous record.  With the new record, he has ensure that his name will appear in a very important list of impressive men on two wheels.  He accomplished this feet the day after he turned 43 years old.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.

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Hour Record: Almost Home

Jens Voigt, as he reached the final fifteen minutes of his effort, actually began to turn in even faster laps.  He, and his coaches, had worked out that he needed to keep turning laps under 18 seconds for the total 199 laps it would take to tie the record.  With the hour almost over, he had sped up from 17.5 seconds to a couple that were less than 17.  After the very first lap, that included getting the single big gear to turn over, he never once went over 17.9 seconds with most laps logging in below 17.5.  Not bad for the old man of our beloved sport!  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.

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Hour Record: 45 More Minutes

Voigt was riding solid on the bike, turning in laps under 18 seconds, the magic number that would lead him to success.  When in the peloton, he is a rider known for fighting his machine and himself, trying to get every second out of the cranks.  Today he was rock solid in his tuck, laser focused on holding a clean line and a perfect aerodynamic tuck.  At 15 minutes into the effort, he had already picked up 15 seconds on the existing record, barring having gone out to hard at the start, he was on his way.  This is an original small watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  International shipping is available.

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Hour Record: Awaiting

Jens Voigt, not one to go quietly into the night, set out today to set a new Hour Record in the National Velodrome in Switzerland.  Voigt has raced his last road race earlier this year in the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, narrowly missing a stage win in two different break aways on two different stages in the race.  Knowing the spirit of the oldest man in the 101st Tour de France, it should come as no surprise that he hoped to end his professional racing career on a high note.  This is an original watercolor and ink small painting created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  In addition the painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com, with international shipping available.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book de Tour


"Book de Tour" is a collection of my small watercolor and ink paintings from the 2014 Tour de France completed as the race unfolded on my television screen, showing what I believe to be the key moments of each stage.  You'll understand my reasoning as each picture is annotated with my interpretation of what's happening and its importance in this high moving game of chess on wheels. I love to work this way because, as I paint, the story’s conclusion is unknown and, the significance of what I record, unclear until the winner triumphantly crosses the finish line. Cycling’s an unpredictable sport and I love to capture and convey its intensity.

Each of the Tour's 21 stages and the first ever Women's Professional race on the streets of Paris will form a separate chapter in the book and tell the story of this year's race with bold strokes and washes of color as I capture the key moves, lung-searing attacks and counter-attacks, adrenaline-rushing descents, heart-breaking crashes, set amid the glorious landscapes of England, Belgium, Spain and France. It's truly a tale worth telling visually.

The book is a soft cover 240 page collection adapted from many of the blog post that appeared here during the course of the race.  It includes many other additional paintings, a complete list of all of the teams and their riders who rolled out from Harewood House, and a glossary of terms.  This is a story of the Tour that will delight fans of cycling, officiandos and novices alike, but will be just as captivating for lovers of art and watercolors.  You need not love cycling and the Tour de France to savor this book, but it would hurt.

To pre-order you copy for $29.95 USD just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  International shipping is available.  The book is in final stages of the pre-press process and will be ready to ship on or about November 1, 2014.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

US Pro Challenge Stage 7: The Narrowest of Margins

Best friends and training partners, Kiel Reijnen (UHC) and Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) repeated their one, two finish from the opening stage of the US Pro Challenge, the difference here, they swapped the order.  Reijnen's second place by the very slimmest of margins still ensured that his Green point's jersey would remain his on the final podium.  Alex Howes' bike throw at the line was the margin of difference in the stage.  One of Reijnen's teammates can be celebrate what he though was another stage victory for his compatriot, he may have been a little embarrassed when he learned the results.  Tejay van Garderen (BMC) crossed the line with the Yellow Jersey firmly on his shoulders.  He was so close to the front of the race because the did his best to lead out his teammate, Martin Kohler, a little unusual for the team leader and winner of the overall race.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this 4"x6" painting for only $50 USD, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  But do hurry, this is a first come first served kind of a thing.

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US Pro Challenge Stage 7: Zipping Along

In a repeat of is break away efforts of stage 4, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing), was off the front in hopes of ending his professional racing career with a final race victory.  Today he had the company of four others.  He did attack that group, too, with only Javier Mejias (Team Novo Nordisk) able to catch the wheel of the fast disappearing German.  The pair managed to hold off the charging peloton until the start of the final or bell lap of the downtown Denver, Colorado circuit.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this 4"x6" watercolor painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember, this is a first come first served sale of artwork, so don't delay!

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US Pro Challenge Stage 7: The Final Summit

Not only was Lookout Mountain the final climb of the 2014 US Pro Challenge, it was the last climb of the man on the front of the break, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing).  I'm sure he will continue to ride up many, many mountains on a bike, but this was the last one under racing conditions.  He was one of the five remaining members of the early break that still included, Mick Rodgers (Tinkoff Saxo), Reuben Zepuntke (Bissell Development), Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura) and Javier Mejias (Team Novo Nordisk).  A side note, Novo Nordisk is a team comprised completely of riders with type 2 Diabetes.  They were started to show how one can live a full active life with the disease. Mejias hanging with three men who did well in the 2014 Tour de France certainly underscores the team's point.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular 4"x6" painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.

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US Pro Challenge Stage 7: Dishing Out the Hurt

As the peloton went up the final climb of the 2014 US Pro Challenge, Phil Liggett was saying he didn't understand why Garmin Sharp had put most of the team on the front to drive the pace on the way up Lookout Mountain.  It was his partner, Paul Sherwen, who knew that the boys in blue would want to eliminate as many sprinters as possible on the step climb on the outskirts of Golden, CO.  Phillip Gaimon and Gavin Mannion are looking back down the mountain to see if they have shucked Cannondale and their sprinter, Elia Viviani.  Without the fast Italian, Garmin felt sure their man Alex Howes would be able to get the win he so narrowly missed on the opening stage of the race.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website, www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this 4"x6" painting for only $50 USD, just follow the direct link at the end of this post. 

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US Pro Challenge Stage 7: Skirting the Mountains

The break having lost one of its fold powered south along the edge of the Rocky Mountains before swinging through Golden, Colorado, for the first of two trips through town.  The road down from Boulder is beautiful, long, straight and surprisingly flat.  The big man, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) swings off of the front, passing the task of breaking the wind to Jesse Anthony (Optum).  The eleven man group was building a good gap over the BMC lead peloton by working together, each taking their fair share of time with their noses in the wind.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular 4"x6" painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  But while you are at the website, why not browse all of the artwork on offer.  International shipping is available.

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