Cycling art, tour de france, maxine dodd

Tour de France 2019 – Excited!

Bonjour! It’s July, it’s Tour time! Three weeks of absorbing racing through some of the finest scenery you’ll ever see. There will be crowds and flags and great spectacle along the way. The race begins in Brussels to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first win of Eddie Merckx, one of cycling’s greatest racers. It also marks one hundred years since the first award of arguably the most famous sporting trophies, the Yellow Jersey. It was first won by Eugene Christophe in 1919, who will wear it and eventually win it this year? It will be a great adventure finding…

A wonderful journey

It’s coming up to the anniversary of my blog ‘Racing Lines’ – My first post was made on 7th July 2012… Just text and no images to try WordPress and see what I could do. In seven years, the blog has taken me to lots of places and I’ve met some lovely people and made friends – It’s been a great adventure – just with my pens, watercolours and pastels – and my laptop.  Today, I discovered that the number of people following ‘Racing Lines’ has risen to 3,000, which I find quite incredible. WordPress tells me that there have…

cycling art, Women's race Tour de Yorkshire

Crowds by the Cherry Tree – Women’s Tour of Yorkshire

Hello! It’s been a bit hectic the past week or so with Open Studios and other bits and pieces, so I’m still working through some highlights from the remaining stages of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. This piece was from the Women’s race, on the final stage – showing the crowds waving the peloton by. This scene stood out because of the view from the back which I like to draw but also because they were riding past the most beautiful cherry tree in full bloom. There were many such trees along the route proving that the timing of the…

cycling art, Tour of Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire: Stage 2 – Barnsley to Bedale – Mens

Hello!  This is a summary of Stage 2, as I have more pictures to make from this absorbing second stage but I hope you enjoy it. The second day’s racing was really exciting, the women set the bar high in the morning and the men followed up in the afternoon. The conditions improved a little for the men but still pretty wet and cold with plenty of obstacles on the road to avoid. Still the colour and spectacle was great to see with plenty of fans out to wave them on. The sprint for the line was won by Rick…

cycling art, Women's Tour of Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire – Women’s race: Stage 1 – Doncaster to Selby – Drawing live

Hello!  The Women’s race got underway in Barnsley on another cold and wet day.  These drawings were made in real time, which I prefer – No hanging about! The race has attracted some of the World’s best riders, including Word Champions and Olympians, reinforcing the reputation of this race. Lizzie Banks from Sheffield made a very strong start, securing Queen of the Mountains and eventually forming a breakaway partnership with Leah Dixon. Later, the two became six before the final push to the finish in Bedale. The final push saw a phenomenal finish by Lorena Wiebes – she broke away…

cycling art, Jesper Assel

Tour de Yorkshire: Stage 1 – Doncaster to Selby

Hello!  Well, the forecast came true – the opening stage of this year’s race was mostly very, very wet! Still the colour shone out and people came out to encourage and support the riders. It’s always a remarkable sight. People had been busy with their decorations – bunting a-plenty!   In the race itself, British rider Jacob Hennessy made a good start, taking the King of the Mountains jersey, while Mark Cavendish looked well after his recent illness and finished eigth. Chris Froome made a more discreet opening, finishing in the pack. The stage win came brilliantly for Dutchman Jesper…