Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tour of California, Stage 6: Catching Them Up

Soren Kragh Andersen (Giant Alpecin) was laying down a blistering ride on the 12 mile time trial course.  He was able to catch Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx-Quickstep) who had gone down the start ramp a minute ahead of the Dane.  Andersen posted the new best split time as he made the U-turn that lead the riders back to the start house.  However, he feel prey to the trick of the wind.  The riders started out with a strong tail wind, that can seduce one into thinking they are doing much better than they actually are.  The problem is when you turn back around into a headwind and realize you don't have anything left.  God knows, I have done this more times than I care to admit.  Despite his split time, he was unable to get himself onto the podium at the end of the day.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  This painting along with my book, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI World Road Racing Championships," is available through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember, it is a one of a kind piece, so once it is sold, it is no longer available.