Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds: Out of the Gate

Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) rolled down the start ramp already knowing that there was a surprise rider up the road posting some seriously fast split times.  The winner of the second running of La Course by the Tour de France was going to have to have a spectacular ride to hope for a new jersey at the end of her ride.  She is cheered on by a large contingent of Dutch fans who came to Richmond with orange costumes, funny hats, and lots and lots of flags to cheer on their country woman.  Ultimately, Van Der Breggen fell a mere 3 seconds shy of the Gold Medal and the Rainbow Jersey despite having Linda Villumsen's (New Zealand) time splits to aim for.

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.