Friday, July 18, 2014

Tour Stage 13: Heating Up

The men of the Tour de France have faced most every kind of weather in the 101st running of the Grand Boucle, today it was bright sun and temperatures in the mid 90s Fahrenheit.  The domestiques spent all of their time cycling back to the team car, ferrying bottles up to the team and then dropping back to the team car again.  As the peloton hit the lower slopes of the Col du Palaquit, Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) left the peloton in search of what was left of the break away.  Every kilometer of the Tour has been watched by thousands of fans lining the road, most in towns and strategic climbs, but like this father and kids, they are everywhere hoping to glimpse their heroes and all that is a pro tour race.  I just wonder what mom was doing while dad had the kids along the side of the road.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at and will be included in my soon to be self published book of the 101st Tour de France art, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre-order a copy, or to discover how you can be a part of bringing the art of the sport we love to print, please visit  There are some excellent incentives for backers at every level starting at $5 USD.  Everyone who backs the project will have their name included in the special thanks page.  If you would like to purchase this painting directly, just follow the link at the end of this post.