Getting ready…

Hello!  It’s been a busy Spring time and a bit of a strange one – In the UK we had a heatwave in February, the warmest Easter on record and now we look forward to frosts and possibly snow at the start of May. It is the UK though, so we know to expect the unexpected.

cycling, Kuurne Brussels Kuurne

Kuurne Brussels Kuurne – Spring Classic

Speaking personally, it’s been a time of transition and reflection – I have recently had the urge to paint again – alongside working with favourite pens and watercolour. It’s a much slower process but very good. More on that to come in future posts…but it’s exciting!

cycling, Het Niewsblat

Het Niewsblat – Spring Orange

The cycling season began in January and the Spring Classics are all but over, ready for the Grand Tours… I have tried a few new races (to me!) – the Het Niewsblat and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne featured here.

First on the pavés, cycling art

First on the pavés

There is a lovely event that straddles the two, bringing one season to a close and looking forward to the next and that is the Tour de Yorkshire. Now in its fifth year, this race has a firm place on the UK’s sporting calendar.

Cycling art, Tour de France, watercolour pen and ink painting, Yellow bike of Yorkshire by Maxine Dodd

Yellow bike of Yorkshire

The race takes place over four days covering all parts of the county with its dramatic countryside and coastline – rugged and beautiful.

A fine Yorkshire day, by Maxine Dodd

A fine Yorkshire day

So, I’m looking forward to this race, starting again and trying something new – Have a wonderful Spring Bank Holiday and if you are out on your bike – wrap up warm, it’s May!  🙂

Yellow fields of Whitby, by Maxine Dodd

Yellow fields of Whitby

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Cobbles, mud and dust: Paris – Roubaix

Hello! The 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix from Compiègne to Roubaix covered a total distance of 257.5 kilometres, with much of the route highlighted by cobblestones. Notoriously difficult to ride, this race didn’t disappoint with tough racing, hard falls and a great win for Matthew Hayman.  A fantastic day’s racing! Here are my drawings:

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Welcome Spring

Hello! The 2016 cycling season is well and truly underway, with the climax to the Classic season taking place on the pavés tomorrow with the Paris – Roubaix. I’ve been following the Tours of Catalunya and the Basque Country by way of an artistic warm-up and the races have given an exciting preview of what’s to come. One highlight for me was another startling stage win by the UK’s Stephen Cummings, who has the knack of appearing from nowhere at tremendous pace to steal a win and surprise all the pundits! Here are my drawings:

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