Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cycling, Tour de France

6x6 original oil painting
50-50 Show, Sanchez Art Center

The Tour de France is in it's third and final week.  On Sunday July 24th, the cyclist wearing the yellow jersey (maillot jaune) will ride the final stage along the Champs-Élysées in Paris escorted by his teammates.  The tour typically has 21 days of racing and covers approximately 2,000 miles.
This year's race has been unpredictable and exciting to watch.  There have been many crashes. Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha was clipped by a car during a breakaway in Stage 9. Before tumbling over his handlebars, Juan slid into Johnny Hoogerland, who flew into a barbed wire fence along the small country road. The duo managed to finish the stage despite their injuries.  Hoogerland went to the hospital in Saint-Flour on Sunday night where doctors used 33 stitches to close the deep wounds in his leg. These guys are incredibly tough athletes.

Woodside is a very popular cycling spot. On the weekends along Canada Road, it often looks like the peloton from the Tour de France. I've been wanting to paint some cyclists, so here's my painting that was inspired by the Tour de France. 

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