Thursday, October 3, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: First for His Country


As Mads Pedersen (Denmark) out sprinted the erstwhile favorite, Matteo Trentin (Italy) he became the first Dane to ever when the Rainbow Jersey of UCI Road World Champion!  Trentin seemed gutted to not have the legs to finish the sprint he had opened up.  While I am sure he accepted it, he looked most distraught in winning Silver.  It was Stefan Kung (Switzerland) who had followed the wheel of the American, Lawson Craddock that set up this three way sprint for medals.  Kung didn't have much of a sprint but seem quite contented with his Bronze Medal.

It has been a great World Championships and a wonderful season of bike racing (yes, I know that there are still a few more races this season), but this is the last of my cycling art paintings for 2019.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400892-53-266225/First%20for%20His%20Country%20%20UCI19-53.html

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Late Attack


Peter Sagan (Slovakia) - the three time former World Champion - had been hiding in the peloton all day.  In fact, I wasn't even sure he was in Harrogate for the Worlds at all.  But here he is attacking the peloton with about three kilometers left to race.  Sagan has left it a little too late, but did hold off the rest of the very reduced peloton to take fifth on the line.  I admit it, I am a big fan of Sagan.  I even have a picture of him holding one of my early paintings of him that was awarded him for being a "Rider of the Year" in the early days of his career.  Naturally, I had to paint him since he finally showed his face (sort of).

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400887-52-266225/Late%20Attack%20%20UCI19-52.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Three Men, Three Medals


It was now down to just three men on the front end of the race.  With just four kilometers left it was Mads Pedersen (Denmark) leading Stefan Kung (Switzerland) and Matteo Trentin (Italy) towards the final turns and climbs of these rather amazing (although wet) World Championships.  Of the trio, it is Trentin who had the reputation of being a world class sprinter.  He has spent the last couple of months racing in the European Champion's Jersey, but would gladly trade it in for the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion.  So with three men, it means they all will take home a medal, it just comes down to what medal it may be.  It seems very unlikely that anyone can come across the gap given it was over a minute with less than four kilometers.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400879-51-266225/Three%20Men,%20Three%20Medals%20%20UCI19-51.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Three More


Up the road, the original break was joined by three more (although it was now only five guys up front), so this trio set off to join in on the chance for a medal at the line in Harrogate.  Toms Skujins (Latvia) was eager for both Gorka Izagirre (Spain) and Carlos Betacur (Colombia) to help him chance down the front of the race.  For Izaguiree, it was important for him to get the country's colors out front.  So many of his countrymen have already abandoned the race, including the defending World Champion.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400876-50-266225/Three%20More%20%20UCI19-50.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Three After Three


With just thirty two kilometers left to race, it was time to be off the front.  With three guys up the road, this trio of Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands), Daniel Martinez (Colombia) and Matteo Trentin (Italy) were hoping to get to the business end of the race.  Van Der Poel and Trentin are two of the names that have been bandied about as being the one that will pull on a warm, dry, Rainbow Jersey.  Martinez was just smart enough to catch a good set of wheels when he saw them.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400875-49-266225/Three%20After%20Three%20%20UCI19-49.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Launching


Mads Pedersen (Denmark) was the first to bridge across to the duo of Stefan Kung (Switzerland) and Lawson Craddock (USA).  As the Dane and Kung climb up the Oak Beck Hill, it was Craddock who found his legs just didn't have it anymore.  Craddock, as he had in his first Tour de France, fought to stay in the race, but this time he eventually pulled off the bike.  With the American gone, it was looking like Pedersen and Kung were going to have the legs to go the distance.  And it was quite a distance, 258 kilometers in the cold and wet.

Watch this painting come together in this quick time lapse video.  You can see it here and on my YouTube channel.


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400872-48-266225/Launching%20%20UCI19-48.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: A Small Gap


I had wanted to entitle this painting, "Showing Their Colors," but then realized there isn't much color between the two of them.  It appears that Lawson Craddock (USA) and Stefan Kung (Switzerland) had gotten their kit from the same store.  Beneath their rain kits, one was in red, white and blue and the other was wearing a white cross on a read field.  The only color in the painting came from the fans and officials along the side of the crest of the climb Oak Bend. 

The duo was opening up a small fifteen second gap on the every dwindling peloton.  Was this going to be the move that ended in a Rainbow Jersey?

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400671-47-266225/A%20Small%20Gap%20%20UCI19-47.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: He's Had Enough


The length (258 kilometers) and the weather conditions did not make for many happy riders.  Once someone cracked on the steepest of climbs on the Harrogate circle, it wasn't far to the team support area.  It had to be way too tempting to just pull off the road and leave the race.  For Jonathan Castroviego (Spain) he had the added dis-incentive that his team leader (and defending World Champion) Alejandro Valverde, had all ready abandon the defense of his jersey.  I would say it wasn't a day for those of sunny climes, but many nordic riders had already abandoned the race as well.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400640-46-266225/He's%20Had%20Enough%20%20UCI19-46.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: One Long, Cold Wet Line


As I have said already, it was not a pleasent day to be out on the roads of Harrogate today.  The peloton looked rather sodden as they rode through the finish line on the first of nine laps through the city.  They had pulled back the earlier break away, there were just too many guys who could take the race to allowed them their lead.  As they splashed past the crowds, it was the French team being lead by Remy Cavagna and Anthony Roux, with Magnus Cort and Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) helping to set a tough pace on the front of the strung out peloton.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400607-45-266225/One%20Long,%20Cold,%20Wet%20Line%20%20UCI19-45.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Stripping Down


With the foul weather, it was a challenge to get the attire right.  The heavy rains had already removed two of the climbs due to flooded roads at the base of both climbs.  Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) was having a tough day of it.  As the peloton neared the now nine circuits around Harrogate, he decided he would remove his leg warmers before the racing really got serious.  As he pulled off each one he would wring them out, squeezing what appeared to be a cup of water from each one.  I can only imagine that as wet as they were, they weren't doing much for warmth, not to mention how much they must have weighed.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400589-44-266225/Stripping%20Down%20%20UCI19-44.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's Road Race: Are We Working?


Richard Carapaz (Ecuador) looked over at his breakaway companion, Jonas Koch (Germany) to ask if they were going to continue with their break, or wait for the chasers.  The duo had gone with Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) who had already sat up to wait for the others.  Behind them another group, about six strong were bridging across.  With a larger group they stood a better chance of staying away from the peloton.  Perhaps they were hoping to repeat the successes of the break aways from virtually every other road race in these UCI Road World Championships.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3400470-43-266225/Are%20We%20Working%20?%20%20UCI19-43.html

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race: All by Herself


It is rare that someone can claimed that they won the race all on their own in a road race.  I think in this case, there is no other way  to describe the amazing ride of Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands).  She rode 105 kilometers off the front on the Elite Women's Road Race all by herself!  She had built up a lead quite quickly over the top of the Lofthaus climb.  She saw her advantage drop to about 45 seconds after about 20 kilometers, but no one ever gained on her for the rest of the race.  She had plenty of time to savor her victory.  It was her teammate, Anna Van Der Breggan coming in two minutes later for Silver and the Australian a few more seconds behind for Bronze.  The American, Chloe Dygert finshed good minute behind Spratt for a well earned (yet disappointing) fouth place.  The peloton had dropped over six minutes to the leader.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398426-42-266225/All%20by%20Herself%20%20UCI19-42.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race - Chase Two


Chase Two is how the TV graphics describe the second chase group on the road.  With just 16 kilometers left to race, there was one woman off the front, another between, and then this pair, Amanda Spratt (Australia) and Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands).  These two knew they were still in for a medal, but may still have enough time to catch the two up the road.  Van Der Breggan has a small dilemma, it her teammate in the lead and she can't risk pulling anyone else up to Annemiek Van Vluten's wheel.  As I painted this, Dygert was 2:12 behind Van Vluten and this paier are at 2:32.  It could still come back together, but most likely the Rainbow Jersey has been decided.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398423-41-266225/Chase%20Two%20%20UCI19-41.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race: In the Middle


The new World Champion, Chloe Dygert (USA) in the time trial was doing her best to chase down the leader on the road (and the woman she had bested by one and a half minutes earlier in the week).  Dygert was the one animating the race getting away from those chasing her on her second attempt to get free.  After gaining on the leader, it was looking like she was not continuing to close.  Unfortunatley the duo being was putting time into her lead.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398417-40-266225/In%20the%20MIddle%20%20UCI19-40.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race: The Whole World Behind Her


Normally, this view would be entitled the whole world in front of her, and while it is, the entire UCI Worlds women's peloton is behind Annemiek Van Vluten (Netherlands).  The former world champion of the time trial (and this year's Bronze Medal) had gotten off the front on the last of the big climbs of the day  She now was using her skill against the clock to pull a few seconds at a time out of the rather strong group chasing behind.  That group was doing the same against the rest of the peloton.  At this point she has been off the front for roughly fifty kilometers with another fifty-five to go.  It is (in this case) literally a long way to go.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398412-39-266225/The%20Whole%20World%20Behind%20Her%20%20UCI19-39.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race: Thirsty Work


Soraya Paladin (Italy) dropped back from the front chase group to get a bottle and talk race tactics with her coach.  The Italians were in a good position with two riders in this group.  In even better shape is defending World Champion, Anna Van Der Breggan (Netherlands) whose teammate was the one off the front solo.  The American, Chloe Dygert, was the one leading the chase.  It doesn't look like this group is making much of an impression on the former Time Trial Champion, although it is Dygert who is the brand new Champion against the clock.

Watch this painting come to life in this time lapse video on my YouTube channel, and here:


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398404-38-266225/Thirsty%20Work%20%20UCI19-38.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race: Making It Hard


As the peloton started up the second early climb, up the Lofthaus, it was some of the big names of women's cycling pushing the pace.  Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands) seemed to be riding team strategy by going as hard as she could in hopes of softening the race for her teammates.  At this point it was Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain) was holding her wheel, riding shoulder to shoulder with the Italian, Elisa Longo Borghini.

See this painting come to life as I talk about the race, painting this image and who knows what else that popped into my head on my YouTube channel (and right here);



This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398397-37-266225/Making%20It%20Hard%20%20UCI19-37.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's Road Race: Tough Already


The course was most unkind with two big climbs coming in the first thirty kilometers for the women's peloton.  With some very strong countries wanting to split up the peloton as soon as possible, the race got very tough very quickly.  Perhaps too tough for these two islanders.  Agusta Edda Bjornsdottir (Iceland) and Alexi Costa (Trinidad and Tobago) found the pace just too much to handle.  They were not alone in that discovery.  I am not surprised that Costa was layered up against the cold of Yorkshire, but a little amused that an Icelander needed long sleeves to remain comfortable.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3398396-36-266225/Tough%20Already%20%20UCI19-36.html

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: Arms Spread Wide


So it wasn't one of the leading five to take the victory in Harrogate after all.  It was Nils Eekhoff (Netherlands) had bridged across to the leaders and then had the legs to out sprint everyone.  As I am writing this, I am listening to the NBC Sports online podcast and learning that Eekhoff has been disqualified.  I still don't know why.  That means that each of the finishers have been moved up a spot.  Therefore, Samuele Battistella (Italy) wins the race, with Stefan Bissengger (Switzerland) takes Silver and the Yorkshire man, Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) does make a medal run after all taking the Bronze.  That was a bit strange.

In the end it was determined that Eekhoff had spend to much time drafting off the back of his team car trying to rejoin the race after crashing out on course.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3397276-35-266225/Arms%20Spread%20Wide%20%20UCI19-35.html

Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: Trying to Get Across


With just about three kilometers left to go, this trio of Andreas Lorentz Kron (Denmark), Sergio Higuita (Colombia) and Nils Eekhoff (Netherlands) were desperate to get back onto the wheels of the four up front.  It would take the strength of their legs and those up front starting to trying to out smart each other.  As a foursome approaches the line, they know that one of them will miss the podium, so they won't be willing to go all out.  That lack of committment to pushing on can afford an opportunity for the chasers to rejoin the leaders.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: One of These Five


As they started the final lap through the outskirts of Harrogate, it looked as though the new Rainbow Jersey was going to come from these five off the front.  The hometown fans had to be thrilled to see their man, Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) in the right move.  Remember, he had to chase back on after the crash earlier in the race.  Along with the Yorkshire man, were Tobias Foss (Norway) and gesticulating Samuele Battistella (Italy), Szymon Sajnok (Poland) and Stefan Bissegger (Switzerland).  All they had to do is keep pushing and not let those behind catch back on.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: Is This the Move?


With 24 kilometers left to race, it looked like these two had made the move that should take the day.  After a bit of cat and mouse, it was Szymon Sajnok (Poland) and Idar Andersen (Norway) who rode off the front of the lead group.  It may have been that they saw the chase group about to catch and didn't like their changes with an increase in numbers.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: Where Did You Go?


"Where did you go?"  That had to be the question Idar Anderson (Norway) asked as he looked behind him.  He had been driving the pace of this small escape group, flicking his elbow for someone to come through to share the work.  When no one pulled through, he swung to the right and peered over his shoulder to find no one behind him.  Behind, Kaden Groves (Australia) wiped his nose and Anreas Lorentz Kron (Denmark) refused to hold onto the Norwegian's wheel.  The fight seemed out of the group despite having a half a minute on the chasing peloton.

Watch this painting come to life in a quick time lapse video on my YouTube channel and here:



This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: Catching Back On


After a large crash, there was a big split in the peloton.  With several riders ending their hopes and their day early, many others had to get sorted and chase down the peloton.  After a few kilometers the majority were able to catch back on including, Thomas Pidcock (Team GB) the local boy who was carrying the hopes of his team, Jason Costhuizen (South Africa), Martin Bugge Urianstad (Norway) and Colin Heiderscheid (Luxemburg).  It has been rough chase that brought them to the tail of the group just as the climbs were about to start.  How spent was Pidcock and the others?  Only the road will answer that question.

You can watch as I paint this watercolor and talk about the race, watercolors and composing an interesting image on my YouTube channel here;


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - U23 Road Race: Just Off the Front


As is usual, a breakaway formed at the start of the course across the long flat section of the race.  With a couple of short steep climbs ahead of the circuit in Harrogate, the peloton never let this group get much of a gap.  It was Ben Healy (Ireland) leading the group that contained Stuart Balfour (Great Britain) and another of his teammates, along with Marijn Van Den Berg (Netherlands) and Alessandro Covi (Italy).  It was Covi that started the escape.  There are a few others in the group, but since you can't really see them huddling for warmth, I am not sure who is who amongst the others.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: Starting the Celebration


It is an extreme rarity to see a rider celebrate his ride in an individual time trial, after all, it is all about time gains and a celebration slows a rider down.  However, Rohan Dennis (Australia) had such a lead (and he can see the clock as he nears the finish) that he allowed himself a luxury of a celebration.  Dennis had pulled out of the Tour this year just ahead of the individual time trial and has been under press scrutiny ever since.  So he can be pardoned his feeling of vindication in defending his Rainbow Jersey in the Elite Men's ITT.  Under his arm the winner of the Vuelta d'Espania, Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) had been caught by Dennis, but out sprinted the Australian to the line.  He was over three minutes behind Dennis on time but couldn't resist the temptation to race to the line.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: Looking for the Podium


Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) had been on a great ride.  As he turned to climb up the hill to the finish line it looked as though he might have a chance at making the podium.  There were some great rides going on behind him, but if he could come in in the top two positions, he may just have a chance at the podium.  Unfortuately, he faded on the long ride up Parliment Street and finished his ride at fourth and the day in eighth.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: Off the Radar


Lawson Craddock (USA) showed, yet again, his strength of character.  No one seemed to be paying any attention to his ride despite his posting great times all along the route.  There was plenty for commentators and TV cameramen to focus on, but it was dedication to craft that brought Craddock to the line in second at the time he finished.  He later dropped to 6th overall.  Not a bad ride at all, and the best posted by an American in the Men's ITT.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: Fastest Thus Far


Filippo Ganna (Italy) was on a great ride doing everything he could to pull on the next Elite Men's Time Trial Rainbow Jersey.  Ganna was posting the best times at the first and (here) the second time check.  He continued the strong ride up Parliment Street to the line in Harrogate taking over the lead up to his finish.  While he did not win the day, he did take the Bronze Medal for his efforts.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: On a Good One


Rohan Dennis (Australia) was clearly on a good ride today.  He was posting substantially better times than everyone to go before out on the course.  On the other hand, it was a truly bad day for Victor Campenaerts (Belgium).  Campenaerts had crashed which necessitated a bike change.  A little later, he had to change bikes again due to a mechanical.  The two incidents set up this catch by Dennis and left him well out of the medal hunt.  Surprisingly, Campenaerts did finish 11th as he rode across the line in Harrogate almost four minutes behind the time of Rohan Dennis. 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: On the Rise


I am having a little fun with this title.  Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) is on a small rise out on course as he rides in the Elite Men's ITT.  Evenepoel rode in 2018 as a Junior, but in Yorkshire he is riding with the elite men of the sport.  I am not sure if there has been a rule change, but it does make sense that if a rider has a Pro Tour team contract, then they must ride at the level of all of the other Pro Tour riders.  Normally, at the age of 19, Evenepoel would be competing in yesterday's U23 ITT, but opted instead to ride today.  He was posting best times at every point of his time trial, but dropped to second as the last man to start crossed the line in Harrogate.  Not to shabby!

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT - What Can He Do?


As you may have figured out, I use the TV broadcast to find these images to paint.  I usually just take images that I could physically see if I was on a motorcycle at the race.  That being said, I was intrique by this boom shot as Chad Haga (USA) rolled down the start ramp in Northallerton.  There was a strong possiblity that Haga would be able to lay down a great ride today.  Given the field of competitors, it was unlikely he would pull on a rainbow jersey at the end of the day, but a podium finish wasn't out of the question.  He did manage to finish inside of the top twenty on the day.  Perhaps his Tour de France ride left his too spent to deliver the ride he hoped for.

You can watch this painting come together in this quick time lapse video.



This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: No Picnic


Riding an individual time trial is no picnic.  However it is a great opportunity for fans of cycling to enjoy one and some great bike racing.  This couple brought their Irish Wolfhounds to watch their dogs' countryman, Ryan Mullen (Ireland) ride by.  I am sure they were there to see most, if not all, of the others speed by as well.  I have seen some terrible scenes of dogs getting into the peloton in the past, but so far, all of the British dogs have been well behaved (and controlled).  Mullen, did not have an easy day of it finishing 32nd on the day.  I seem to remember him not getting the results he wanted when he raced as a Junior back in Richmond, Virginia in 2015.

You can watch this painting come to life as I talk about the race, watercolors and my history with cycling here:



This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Men's ITT: Every Twist and Turn


The crowds out enjoying the UCI Road World Championships in and around Harrogate have been amazing.  And they are continuing to build as we move towards the road races starting tomorrow.  Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) was cheered through every twist and turn of the 54 kilometer course.  Lutsenko has quite a few thousand race kilometers in his legs already, so he didn't produce the ride he would have hoped for.  He finished his day at 25th in the overall standings.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's ITT: Getting It Right


Lisa Klein (Germany) already has a Silver Medal from the Mixed Relay, but I am quite sure she was planning on adding to her medal count today.  She did stay on course as she turned on to the final climb up Parliment Street.  It seems that the course officials learned from their and Aigul Gareeva's (Russia) mistakes from the Junior Women's ITT with a marshal blocking the possiblity of going the wrong way.  Klein just missed the podium at her finished, but dropped to fifth with the bronze medal ride of Annemiek Van Vleuten.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's ITT: She Has Some Work to Do


Two time reigning Elite Women's Individual Time Trial Champion, Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands) has some serious work to do if she was going to win her third Rainbow Jersey.  Van Vleuten was running around a minute and a half behind the American Chloe Dygert who had already compelted her ride.  In fact, it was going to be and effort to better her countrywoman, (and Road World Champion) Anna Van Der Breggen.  At the end of the day, Van Vleuten captured Bronze on the day with Van Der Breggen claiming Silver, continuing the overall dominance of Dutch Women in the world of cycling.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's ITT: Breathtaking


Breathtaking was how the commentator, Anthony McCrossan describe Chloe Dygert's (USA) ride in today's time trial.  I think we can take this both literally and figuratively.  When she finished her ride she was over three and a half minutes faster than anyone to finish their race thus far.  She ended the day taking the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion by just over a minute and a half from Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) and an additional ten seconds from Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands).

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's ITT: Two by Two


I pulled this title from two (sorry, yet another pun) different aspects of this painting.  First it has been raining so hard that it seemed that the animals should be gathered two by two and loaded onto Noah's Ark.  In fact, it looks like Noah just to the left of the painting checking is loading manifest.  The other, Chloe Dygert (USA) was on a storming ride to Harrogate catching riders two by two who had started their time trial ahead of her.  Dygert was clearly ignoring the signage on the roadway suggestion she go slow.  When the American went through the time check out on course, she was over four minutes faster than all of those who had gone before her.  Nobody logged a better time at the check than she did for the rest of the day either.

See this painting come to life in this fun time lapse video.



This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Yorkshire 2019 - Elite Women's ITT: Setting the Standard


Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) may have been the fifth women to start in the Elite Women's Individual Time Trial, but she was the second to cross the first time check on the 30 kilometer course.  With having passed so many who started before her it is no surprise that she set the early best time out on course.  She just got around Olga Shekel (Lithuania), who was setting the second best time with her effort.  Amialiusik carried her advantage all of the way to the finish atop Parliment Street in Harrogate.  And advantage she held through another 29 riders ending her day in ninth overall.

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This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3394094-15-266225/Setting%20the%20Standard%20%20UCI19-15.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Jr Women's ITT: Getting Back on Course


This had to be one of the more amazing moments in a time trial race.  By the way, this is the painting that I felt was fore shadow with "Finding Her Own Way."  Aigul Gareeva (Russia) missed the final turn going of course.  She had the where withall to turn around and follow the directing offical to get back on course.  This moment could have been heartbreaking, but she had enough time in hand to still take the lead by six seconds.  The only rider left on the road just made it onto the podium in the Bronze Medal position.  Chapeau!

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Yorkshire%202019/3393384-14-266225/Getting%20Back%20on%20Course%20%20UCI19-14.html

Yorkshire 2019 - Jr Women's ITT: Sneaking Inside


Not wanting to be out done by her countrywoman, Shirin Van Anrooij (Netherlands) slide up the barriers to get around the Kazakh, Ulyana Sukhorebrik, who had started a minute before her.  Like her teammate before her Anrooij took over the race lead when she finished her ride.  However, she was only bested by one other rider ending her day with a Silver Medal for her efforts.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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