The second race to face the climb up the wall of 23rd Street was the U23 Men's Road Race. While most of the media, fans, and pre-race hype focused on Libby Hill, it was the short steep climb up the newly laid cobbles of 23rd Street that was the real challenge. Early into the nearly 110 mile race, a race that included 11 trips up this climb, Davide Martinelli (Italy) tested his legs leaving Gergory Daniel (USA) and the rest fighting with their machines to hold onto the Italian's wheel. This climb leads the riders up from the now defunct tobacco warehouses that lined the canal on the river's edge.
This is a small original watercolor created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushed from www.richesonart.com. In addition, prints of this painting will be available through the Richmond Times Dispatch website at www.richmond.com, hopefully very soon.