Tour de France 2014: Stage 19 – Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac

Bonjour! Stage19 saw the beginning of the route home to Paris. The course travelled through the area of the Dordogne in pouring, pouring rain. So much rain! The visibility was so bad and the roads so slippery an accident felt more than likely to happen. It did, right at the last and it was a … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 19 – Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac

Tour de France 2014: Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet

Bonjour! Stage17 saw the second day in the Pyrenees. Another hard stage with great climbs and descents. The race lead passed through several hands over the course of the stage, including a great spell by Kiriyenka of team Sky. Romain Bardet handled the descents with alarming grace but the win came again for Rafal Majka, King of the Mountains. Yellow jersey … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet

Tour de France 2014: Stage 16 – Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Bonjour! Stage16 was the first day in the Pyrenees. The sun shone, the road rose high and the riders descended at breakneck speeds. Australian rider, Mick Rogers won his first stage after ten years of taking part in the Tour. Absolutely brilliant, he so deserved it and even crossed the winning line with a bow. Ripper! … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 16 – Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Tour de France 2014: Stage 15 – Tallard to Nîmes

Bonjour! Stage15 was a long stage leaving the Alps and heading through the south of France towards the Pyrenees. The course passed through classic French countryside, but with crosswinds and storms at times, it was still a challenge for the riders. Two made an impressive breakaway lead by Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer. At the … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 15 – Tallard to Nîmes

Tour de France 2014: Stage 14 – Grenoble to Risoul

Bonjour! Stage14 continued in the Alps in a hard day's climbing and an engrossing day's racing.  The skies promised rain but didn't deliver - instead riders worked hard in the sun. The race saw great performances from the AG2R team, Vincenzo Nibali, but the stage was won by up and coming climber, Rafal Majka, who crossed the … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 14 – Grenoble to Risoul

Tour de France 2014: Stage 13 – Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse

Bonjour! Stage13 arrived in the Alps and passed through the city of Grenoble. Spectacular scenery, including the still snowy and very white, Mont Blanc. This was another hard stage with more riders abandoning or falling back. Steering a very confident course through much of the race was Alessandro De Marchio who forged ahead. Until that … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 13 – Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse

Tour de France 2014: Stage 12 – Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour! Stage12 continued the theme begun on Stage 11, hot sunshine, rolling countryside and beautiful chateaux. The announcement came that Andrew Talansky joined 4 other team leaders in retirement, but the race pressed on. French fans enjoying the progress of riders Cyril Gaultier and Perrig Quemeneur who brokeaway with Simon Clarke to lead for a great section … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 12 – Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne

Tour de France 2014: Stage 10 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Bonjour! Stage10, was absolutely amazing. Riders toiling into the mountains through sunshine, rain and fog for over 4 hours - only to be rewarded with the near vertical climb at La Planche des Belles Filles, the killer hill!  Contador sadly retired after an appalling fall. A brilliant ride by Rodriguez was outshone by Vincenzo Nibali who … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 10 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Tour de France 2014: Stage 9 – Gérardmer to Mulhouse

Bonjour! Stage 9 was another exciting day, with sunshine, showers, arduous climbs and fast descents. It was also a tale of two Tonys, namely Martin and Gallopin. The two men delighted their fans with the stage win and yellow jersey respectively.  Tomorrow is Bastille Day and the Tour heads into the mountains proper. What could be better?  Here … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 9 – Gérardmer to Mulhouse

Tour de France 2014: Stage 8 – Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Bonjour! Stage 8 saw the first climbing section in France. Another mixed day of weather, the stage starting in good sunshine with riders looking relaxed and smiling. As the stage progressed and the land rose, down came the rain once again, putting everyone to the test. Nip and tuck all the way, there was delight … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 8 – Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 – Arras to Reims

Bonjour! Today's stage continued through the landscapes of the First World War - somehow appropriate that there was more rain and mud. More riders retired following falls. Still, the fans came out to support with towns and villages decked out in yellow and polka dots. The yellow jersey remained with Vincenzo Nibali; and after another dash to … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 – Arras to Reims

Tour de France 2014: Stage 5 – Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Bonjour! This was the stage that every fan of the Tour and every rider was dreading! Riding on the infamous cobbled pavés - torrential rain added even more danger to the cocktail. Sadly, the reigning champion's race ended on the wet road, with two further falls. The rain hammered down all day and in marked … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 5 – Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate

Bonjour! - or should that be 'Hello'?  The Tour de France's Grand Depart took place in the in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. Pretty villages, grand towns and dramatic hills and fields. Yorkshire embraced the Tour as its own, turning the county yellow with bunting, painted bikes, sculptures and scarecrows. Riders were greeted by Royalty, Red … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate

Back to the bikes: Women’s Tour

Hello! I'm delighted to be drawing cycling for the first time this year. Even more delighted that it is the first Women's Tour of Britain. My first drawings are from Stages 1 and 2 which were held in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire - not far from where I live, so a real thrill! Here are my drawings:

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 7 – Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljafare

Hola! Stage 7 of La Vuelta turned south and crossed into the heat of Andalucia. Riders coped with temperatures touching 38 degrees as they left the countryside for the tree-lined town of Mairena de Aljarfare on the outskirts of Seville. The race was a much closer affair than Stage 6, with a nip and tuck … Continue reading La Vuelta 2013: Stage 7 – Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljafare

La Vuelta 2013: Stage 3 Vigo – Mirador de Lobeira, Vilagarcía de Arousa

Hola! Stage 3 of La Vuelta was a twisting, turning route through the Galician coast and hills. Climbs not as tough as Stage 2, but strong crosswinds off the coast to contend with not to mention narrow roads and tight space over the bridge to the Illa de Arousa. The surprise finish came in the form … Continue reading La Vuelta 2013: Stage 3 Vigo – Mirador de Lobeira, Vilagarcía de Arousa

Bolero!

Hola! Music and dance are a great source of inspiration. I'm fascinated by orchestras, bands and dancers and the way they work together. There was an exciting development at the Proms, where the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra were joined on stage by the Antonio Marquez Dance Company. They worked brilliantly together. The climax of the concert … Continue reading Bolero!

Diving High

Hola! The World Championships for Diving and Swimming took place recently in the spectacular city of Barcelona. It was a great return to the pools used 21 years ago for the Olympics in 1992. A breathtaking outdoor location for diving, which was phenomenal! Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2013: Stage 21 – Versailles to Paris Champs-Élysées

Bonjour! Stage 21 is the celebration stage. Rolling out from the Palace of Versailles and heading for Paris in the evening for a twighlight sprint around the Champs-Élysées. Setting off in beautiful late afternoon sunshine, all the riders looked relaxed and in good mood. This year, the sprint went round the Arc du Triomphe and there … Continue reading Tour de France 2013: Stage 21 – Versailles to Paris Champs-Élysées

Tour de France 2013: Stage 20 – Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz

Bonjour! Stage 20 was outstanding, from the weather and scenery to incredible racing. There were many highlights, including Jens Voigt showing the youngsters how to climb a hill and fantastic breaks between Froome, Quintana and Rodriguez, not to mention some handsome cattle suitably dressed. Most of the final places overall were resolved in this stage. … Continue reading Tour de France 2013: Stage 20 – Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz

Tour de France 2013: Stage 19 – Bourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand

Bonjour! Stage 19 was a long stage, with five climbs overall. Sky had a better day and Chris Froome held on to his lead. Pierre Rolland, showed his metal in the climbs and descents for much of the race, but eventually overtaken for the win by Rui Costa. The real winner today perhaps was the … Continue reading Tour de France 2013: Stage 19 – Bourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand