Monday, March 23, 2015

Milano Sanremo: Out of the Fog

Daniel Loyd, announcing the race for BeIn Sports, referred to John Degenkolb's (Giant Alpecin) victory, as if he had emerged as if he had came out of the fog.  Degenkolb did start from quite away back, tucked onto the wheel of the powerful Spartacus, Fabian Canellara (Trek Factory Racing).  It was unusual not to see the very skilled lead out train of Giant Alpecin leaving their sprinter to freelance his sprint to the line in Sanremo.  The German sprinter managed to get around Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and hold off the charging Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge).  The pair finishing third and second respectfully.  Cancellara ended up in seventh place continuing his very long streak of finishing in the top ten of the longest of the Spring Classics.  It should be a very exciting clash on the cobbles in April.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

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Milano Sanremo: Winding It Up

All of the valiant efforts to surprise the sprinters and their teams, yet again, came to naught.  As the peloton swung through the final turn having gone under the flame rouge, it was Katusha who hit the front for their sprinter, Alexander Kristoff.  Tucked onto the Norwegian's wheel were many of the other contenders including, Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge), Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and John Debenkolb (Giant Alpecin).  It seemed like it was going to be Kristoff's day with about 300 meters left of a very, very long day.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Spring%20Classics%20/2531066---195767/Painting.html#.VRDVi_nF-xU

Milano Sanremo: Getting Serious

Daniel Oss (BMC) put in the first serious attack on the peloton.  He was quickly joined by the hot Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).  Thomas has been having a brilliant early season, so the peloton behind had to take this attack seriously.  Milano Sanremo must be one of the most scenic races as it bobs in and out along the Mediterranean coast offering brilliant vistas.  Vistas that the men in spandex don't have the time to take in.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Spring%20Classics%20/2531056---195767/Painting.html#.VRDTLfnF-xU

Milano Sanremo: Alone on the Cipressa

Matteo Bono (Lampre Merida) pressed on with the advantage that he gained on the Cape Berta.  As he began the ascent of the Cipressa, he found himself on his own.  His only company was a neutral service motorcycling and one of the official's motos that supervise the race along the entire course.  The Cipressa is the penultimate climb of the race so Bono only has the much shorter Piaggio to scale before the line in Sanremo.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Spring%20Classics%20/2531040---195767/Painting.html#.VRDQ__nF-xU

Milano Sanremo: Thinning Down

As the breakaway hit the Cape Berta, one of the short step climbs ahead of the two bigger and infamous climbs that come with just a few kilometers to the line, it was Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani CSF) whose pace thinned out the break.  Seven members of the break were already dropped and it appears that Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) and Julien Berard (AG2R) will shortly join the others.  It was only Pirazzi's countryman, Matteo Bono (Lampre Merida) that could hold the Italian's wheel.  It would be a tall order for these two to stay away, but now it is only about 40 kilometers left to race.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Spring%20Classics%20/2531038---195767/Painting.html#.VRDPKvnF-xU

Milano Sanremo: Gambling Long

A large group of eleven riders formed the early break away of the day.  It was a move that was more than the average long shot.  This group including, Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani CSF), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli), Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) among others, have another 100 kilometers to attempt to thwart the desires of the sprinters.  The course doesn't have enough sharp climbs to shed the sprinters, nor hide the break away from the peloton.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Spring%20Classics%20/2531036---195767/Painting.html#.VRDMl_nF-xU

Milano Sanremo: A Rather Wet Roll Out

Milano Sanremo is the longest of the Spring Classics with the peloton facing 293 kilometers of nearly all out racing.  The one saving grace is that most of the race is flat and the prevailing winds usually provide a nice stiff tailwind for most of the race.  Today it was hardly the warm shining sun one imagines when thinking of southern Italy, instead the riders where bundled up in warm clothes and rain jackets in hopes of staying warm and dry over the next six hours on the road.  Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quickstep) sported a new rain cape that showed his rainbow stripes of the World Road Racing Championship.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  They are a wonderful family run art supply company located in Wisconsin, USA.  In addition, this painting is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  The painting is only $50 USD and international shipping is available.

If you are enjoying reading about bike racing this way with the accompanying artwork please check out my recently published Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The book is available through virtually every online bookseller.  So google the title to discover where you can get a copy and avoid international shipping charges.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Spring%20Classics%20/2531032---195767/Painting.html#.VRDKTfnF-xU

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Asked by a member of Lotto Soudal

Some days Twitter can provide rather exciting surprises.  I was going about daily chores when I got a message from Kris Boeckmans with two paintings attached.  Seems he wanted a painting of his most recent race victory in Nokere Koerse on the cobbles of Belgium.  If you would like me to paint your most recent race (or something from you deep past on the bike), please get in touch through my artist website at www.greigleach.com

You can follow me on Twitter,@artofcyclingand on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Greigsart  You can message me through either one of those platforms as well.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Commissioned Artwork and a Great Review of Book de Tour

Along with painting the peloton as it streaks around the world, I occasionally have the honor of doing a larger work for a specific cyclist.  This will be a surprise 50th birthday present for the gentleman leading this race through a tight corner of a downtown criterium.  I am told that he trains with and races against up and comers half his age.  Chapeau, my friend!

As I have mentioned in many of these posts over the last couple of months, I have taken my post of the 2014 Tour de France and created (and published them) in the book, Book de Tour - Art of the 101st Tour de France.  The attached link will give you the opportunity to read an excellent review that ran in the Canadian Cycling website, Pez Cycling News.

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/pez-bookshelf-book-de-tour/

Leslie Ressiner really understand just what I am doing with my artwork and my love of cycling.  It is a rare opportunity that one gets to combined one's two main passions in life.  I am a very lucky (and hard working) man.  Along with Amazon or many other online booksellers worldwide, you can purchase the book directly from me through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  The direct link to purchase the book is...

http://www.greigleach.com/gallery/201710/Book+de+Tour/#.VQoC701FDIU

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ronde van Drenthe: With Arms Stretched Wide

It was a small select peloton that entered the final kilometer of Ronde van Drenthe.  The multiple corners and roundabouts made it difficult for the Wiggle Honda sprint train to get organized, but get organized they did.  It was with well order precision that they delivered there fast woman, Jolien D'Hoore, at full speed so she could show some fierce sprinting legs and her Belgium National Champion's Jersey.  Chapeau!

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-view/Professional%20Women's%20Cycling/2526230---207546/Painting.html#.VQZ0HY7F-xU