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Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 6 – Sidmouth to Haytor

Hello! Stage 6 took a route through the county of Devon, from the beaches at Sidmouth up inland on to Dartmoor, finishing high up on Haytor. The weather wasn’t kind – wet and windy, riders and fans passing through dark lanes shrouded by tall trees – definitely the place to meet a highwayman in older days! The race was tough going but still plenty of fans out on the route. Team Sky looked strong through much of the stage and it was their rider, Wout Poels who took the win with the yellow jersey passing to Stephen Cummings. All poised brilliantly for…

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Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 5 – Aberdare to Bath

Hello! Stage 5 traversed the country from South Wales back into England through the Wye Valley, the county of Gloucestershire finishing in the renowned city of Bath in Somerset. Crowds were amazing yet again, hundreds turning out to congratulate the riders and cheer them along the way. A fantastic stage with a four-man breakaway for the last 50m. In the final sprint, Jack Bauer took the stage win in a brilliant dash to the line. Here are my drawings: In case you were wondering… all the paintings are original and for sale. To find out more about them and how to buy, click here or Picture Information…

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Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 4 – Denbigh to Builth Wells

Hello!  Stage 4 saw the Tour of Britain cross the border from England into Wales, following the longest route of this year’s race through the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire and Powys and across the steep terrain of the Welsh mountains. It was a fine, sunny day and my eye was just caught by the intense shadows, leading me to experiment with extremes of line, shade and colour. A fantastic sprint to the finish saw Dylan Groenewegen and Dan McLay battle it out, with Groenewegen taking victory.  Here are my drawings: In case you were wondering… all the paintings are original and for sale. To…

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Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 3 – Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford

Hello!  Stage 3 saw the Tour of Britain move further south and west to the county of Cheshire -for the first time and certainly not the last. A lovely county with hills and dales and very enthusiastic cycling fans. The people were out in great numbers, from schools to cycling clubs and everyone in between! Villages and towns were festooned with orange bikes – great support from the people of Cheshire. They were rewarded with a phenomenal performance by Ian Stannard of Team Sky, who made a solo break and held his lead to take the win. Brill!  Here are my drawings: In case you were wondering……

Cycling, art, Julien Vermote, Maxine Dodd

Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 2 – Carlisle to Kendal

Hello!  Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain moved down from Scotland to England in the county of Cumbria with inevitably changeable weather. The race began in sunshine and finished in dark rain and mist. The course covered several punishing climbs, including one appropriately named, The Struggle. It was a hard day but plenty of fans – riders themselves out with their bikes – were up on the hills to give support. A delighted Julien Vermote burst away from Stephen Cummings on the last climb to take the win. He looked amazed as he crossed the line – a great day’s work! Here are my drawings: In case…

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Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 1 – Glasgow to Castle Douglas

Hello!  September sees cycling back in the UK, with the Tour of Britain. I love this race, not just because it takes place at home but because it attracts an interesting mix of teams and riders. I like its intensity and with the competition taking place in one week, there’s great racing to enjoy. Stage 1 began in Glasgow and followed a gorgeous route through rolling countryside and villages to Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway – really pretty! The race went well until a collision at the end took out Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani and Dylan Groenewegen from the sprint, leaving the…

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Tour of Britain 2015 – Views from Stages 1 and 2

Hello!  This time of year is always busy! There is so much going on as the cycling season reaches its close (as much as any sport closes these days!). La Vuelta continues in Spain but here in the UK, we have the Tour of Britain. Only eight stages but always a treat and this year is no exception, starting in Wales, on into Lancashire, Northumbria, the Peak District and all points in between! The racing is exciting with the chance to see new stars in the making, as well as familiar favourites.  UK fans have really embraced cycling and give the riders such a…