Monday, March 24, 2014

Volta Catalunya Stage 1: Grabbing a Bite

On every long stage the racers will burn over 6,000 calories so it is of the upmost importance that they keep the machine of their bodies fed.  Along the course of each stage their is a designated "feed zone" where the team helpers will stand along the side of the road handing out musettes, bags of food and drink that the riders grab as they whiz by.  The musettes are designed to be easily grabbed and then slung over their shoulders as the rider transfers the goodies to his pockets and gets back to racing and eating.  Here the early two man of Romain Lemarchand (Cofidis) and Boris Vallee (Lotto-Belisol) break are the first to get to lunchtime.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that has been created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson and Co. (  This, and all of my cycling paintings, is available through my artist website,, or for this painting you can just follow the direct link at the end of this post.