Saturday, October 15, 2016

Doha 2016, Eltie Women's Road Race: Cross Cultural

First let me apologize for getting things out of order.  Due to work requirements, I was unable to paint both the Men's and Women's Junior Road Races yesterday.  I hope to be able to get to them after the Men's Elite tomorrow.  Or they may get much the same treatment as they did in Richmond last year, where their races weren't even televised.  That being said, it is on to the Elite Women's Road Race.

When I first got interested in bike racing back in the early 1970's, this is an image I could never have imagined, nor do I think it could have happened.  To see an Israeli woman racing a bike professionally in an Arabic country, and for her to be leading the peloton by nearly 20 seconds, would have been inconceivable (say in your head the way the word is delivered in the movie, Princess Bride).  Paz Bash (Israel) is zipping through the feed zone.  She has just finished stuffing the ice bag from one soigneur down the back of her jersey as she is reaching for a water bottle and energy gel from another.  With both hands off of the handlebars, it is fortunate that she is on her own and not in the scrum of the peloton through the Feed Zone.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.