Monday, September 28, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds:

Everyone expected the final ascent of 23rd Street to be the deciding moment of the race. Everyone.  But just because it is expected doesn't mean it can be countered.  It was Tom Boonen who launched just at the base of the climb, quickly passing the fading Tyler Farrar (USA) who had attacked back at Monument Avenue.  Again listening to the crowd in the Convention Center as I painted, they would roar with delight everytime Farrar rolled to the front of Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus).  They attempt was foiled on the first of the final three climbs.  But it was the mutli-talented Peter Sagan (Slovakia) who had the legs and the power to counter Boonen's attack.  Sagan is a brilliant descender, so this move could be the move that wins the Jersey!

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.  The works were done live in the middle of the Fanfest area across from the awards podium as the racing was going on.  Prints and the originals will be available before very long at www.richmond.com (the website of the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper).