Saturday, September 26, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds: A Rough Way to Start

Daniel Hoelgaard (Norway) had a difficult start of this U23 Road Race.  While lined up waiting for the start of the race, he discovered that his front tire was flat.  He quickly headed back to his team mechanic for a quick wheel chain.  As his man was kneeling to replace the wheel, the neutral service mechanic came running up with a front wheel as well.  Hoelgaard was able to get back up to the start area before the race began, so I guess it was a case of "No harm, no foul".  But I feel like it may have been an omen of what was to come for his team.  Norway riders had more flats and a mechanical in the course of the race, and never seemed to be a factor on the day.

This is an original small watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  These paintings are created live while watching the races through a feed provided by the Richmond 2015 Worlds organization.  For two more days, you will be able to watch me create the works live at the Fanfest area at 5th and Marshall Streets near the finish line.  You can also purchase either the originals or one of two different sizes of prints while you are there, or later at www.richmond.com.