Friday, July 10, 2015

Tour de France Stage 7: Grabbing a Bite

Luis Mate (Cofidis) reaches out to grab a musette from his soigneur while riding through the feed zone.  Mate was one of five riders to get into the early break.  Musettes are canvas bags that are handed over to the competitors at designated areas on the course.  Those racing in the Tour will burn around 6,000 calories in a typical stage so keeping themselves topped up is importance.  No rider wants to get to the end of the stage with nothing left in the tank.  Thank of the Feed Zone as a NASCAR pit stop, however in a bike race, nobody stops to refuel.  This is all done on the fly.

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 (  They are a wonderful family run art supply company located in the northern mid-west of the United States.  This painting, and all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting for only $60 USD just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Don't delay, this is an original watercolor, so when it is gone, it is gone.