Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Giro Stage 10: Who Wants Lunch?

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a moving city to win a bike race.  One of the jobs of the soigneurs is to deliver lunch to a speeding peloton.  The method of passing out the musettes is akin to the old railroad mail car hooks.  The soigneurs will loosely hold a bag aloft, a racing member of their team will swing out of the peloton and grab the bag on the fly.  If it goes well, the cyclist will then sling the musette over one shoulder and route through the bags transferring the contents to their mouths and pockets.  If it goes wrong there can be food, crashed bikes and bleeding competitors all over the road.  After finishing transferring their lunch to where it is needed, the riders will toss their musettes to fans along the road.  They are a treasured souvenir of the Giro d'Italia (or any other race for that matter).

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolor and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company, www.richesonart.com.  They are a small family run art supply business that has an incredible area of fine art and craft products.  The painting is available for purchase through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember this is an original work of art, not a print, so don't delay, when it is gone, it is gone.