Friday, March 11, 2016

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3: Can You Fix It?

A ProTour team is not just the guys on the bicycles, it includes a huge crowd of support personnel.  Perhaps one of the most important is the mechanic that rides in the team car, who can fix anything that goes wrong while the car and the bike are rolling along at over 40 kph.  I am thinking that this is Gatis Smukulis (Astana) who has dropped back to see what is wrong with his derailleurs.  It isn't much fun being stuck in a hard gear on a climb.  Ultimately, the decision was to swap bikes and deal with the problem at the end of the stage.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created live using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  This painting is available through my artist website at, just follow the direct link at the end of this post to get your piece of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Plus be sure to discover my new book, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".  You can purchase it online at or ask for it at your local bookstore.