Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds: Catching Her Woman

Kristen Armstrong (Team USA) came out of retirement to race on home country roads,  And boy or boy, did  she come out with a vengeance!  On the final climb of the first lap of the 30 kilometer course she caught Corinna Lechner (Germany) who had started a minute and a half ahead of her.  Armstrong was the obvious early leader (having been the second woman to start on the day), but her 40:50 time stood until the very best at the end of the day hit the road.  In fact, it wasn't until the final rider of the day finished the course that she was bumped off of a podium finish.  It must be hard to sit in front of adoring fans for hours only to end up surrendering your seat just before that seat will gain you a medal.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  What is unusual about this race for me is that I am painting it live at the Fanfest area, sitting directly across form the podium and the hot seats where the well placed finishers await the final verdict of the clock.  You can come watch me paint there, or watch it on a live stream at www.richmond.com.  The works are available as originals or two different size prints at Fanfest, or later at www.richmond.com.