In this Fall Series of Cycling Art Paintings I’ve tried to capture some of what I see, and more importantly how I feel. I take rides almost every day and I’m always inspired by the nature I’m riding in. The colors of fall, the low light of the early sun – just stunning most days. Bright contrasting colors screaming at me or deep rich earthy tones, wet, muted values of color as the days get shorter and colder.
It won’t be long before I’m working on a winter series, so enjoy these last days of warmth and wonder.
Original Cycling Art | Unframed | 18×24 inches Watercolor Paper | 12×16 inch image area | Pen with Ink and Acrylic Paints
Made famous in many Tour de France stages, the legendary Col du Tourmalet puts riders to the test year after year. As part of Stage 18, racing from Pau to Hautacam, this 145 kilometer stage turns violently upward 95 kilometers into the day. The Col is where true climbers and GC contenders have their final opportunity in the mountains to claim victory in Paris.
Michael’s Col du Tourmalet bicycle print celebrates the famous 2115 meter hors catégorie climb with old school style and grace. As our rider ascends into the clouds, we can only wonder what this grueling road must be like in the heat of competition.
The Paris Roubaix race first ran in 1896 and has been torturing cyclists ever since. It is known as “The Hell of the North” because of the difficult road and weather conditions that rage throughout the area. With cobblestone roads and wind-swept fields, this “Queen” of the Classics is an annual favorite among cycling fans everywhere, and a right of passage for any likely classics champion.
Liege–Bastogne–Liege — also known as “La Doyenne” — is the oldest of the classic races. This bicycle poster celebrates the legendary route that makes its way through the Ardennes region for a grueling 160 mile spring classic torture fest.
The UCI World Championship Track Cycling will take place in London, March 2016. Sure to be a highlight of the track cycling season as always.
As a commemorative poster to mark the event Michael created this Track Cycling, Bearskin wearing whimsical character as tribute. Sporting the Colors of the UCI World Champion our ever vigilant rider watches over his shoulder keeping an eye on the competition.
The Italian Grand Tour first organized in 1909 is the first grand tour of the UCI professional season in Europe. Made famous by the likes of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi where Italian riders dominated for the first forty years of the race.
The Italians love their annual race across the mountains and valleys of beautiful Italy. Cheering on the leaders and the man in the “Maglia Rosa” the Pink Jersey of the race leader.