Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tour, Stage 18: Swinging Left

I read a book on the history of the Tour, and one of the main points was that this race is meant to be hard, very hard.  In fact the originators thought they hadn't succeeded in making it tough enough if more than half of the starters made it all of the way to Paris.  It appears that the cruel streak still runs strong in the modern Tour de France.  After a steep climb almost right out of the start gate, the riders fast a super fast descent into the town of Megeve.  As the racers tried to carry as much speed to the line as possible they had to negotiate a quick series of sharp turns.  This is the current Time Trial Champion of Portugal, Nelson Oliviera (Movistar) leaning his way through the final S-curve of the stage.  Not the couple with the straw hats just behind him, they will appear in a second painting today.

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 www.greigleach.com.  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.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202016/2826640-126-224974/PaintingSwinging%20Left%20TdF127-Greig-Leach.html#.V5En3LgrLIU