Eddy Merckx – The Cannibal

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Eddy Merckx, for me, has long been a cycling god. He’s just one of those guys you read about that completely captures your imagination and makes you feel great about throwing your leg over a saddle. He wasn’t supposed to be as good as he was. Physically he had, and still has, heart issues today. He was told he just wasn’t pro cycling stock. I guess someone got that very wrong.




This “eater of men” rode and won the Classics, track races and was a winner of all three major Grand Tours. His famous “Molteni” orange and black kit is one of the best recognized cycling graphics in the world.

Dominating cycling from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, Eddy Merckx (Belgian) was known then and is still known today as simply “The Cannibal.”

I’ve been working with the idea of creating a series of Art Prints called the “Heroes of the Tour”. Men like Jacques Anquetil, Hinault and Coppi but I had to start here, with Merckx. My very first idea sketch is on this page also if you’re interested to see where things like this start.


merckx sketch


I hope you enjoy Eddy Merckx – The Cannibal and look for more “Heroes of the Tour” in the future.



merckx detail


Go here if you’d like to purchase a Cycling Art Print of “Merckx – The Cannibal”

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Michael Valenti is "The Veloist" - He is an avid cyclist and artist known for his Cycling Art work. Each year Michael chases the Pro Peloton at the Tour de France and other major cycling events. He is available for event and corporate cycling related projects as well as personal commissions for art.

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