Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tour, Stage 17: Obstacle Course

These three, Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) and Alberto Losada (Katusha) flew down the last of the smaller climbs on the front side of the stage.  As they reached the bottom, there was a hard left that was filled with the "road furniture" that litters the roads of Europe.  To try and keep the riders safe, the signs and barriers in the middle of the road have hay bales place in front of them and then they are wrapped in plastic that has red and white stripes to make them stand out on the crowded corners.  Oddly, in France, the coverings are always on the diagonal, here in Switzerland, the are on the horizontal (or vertical).  Fortunately, everyone got around them safely.  No one seemed to want to test the padding around the signs.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

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