Posted on May 2, 2019
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.
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!
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.
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.
The race takes place over four days covering all parts of the county with its dramatic countryside and coastline – rugged and beautiful.
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! 🙂
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Posted on April 29, 2017
Hello! I love this race in Yorkshire – It’s now in its third year and really attracting fans who line the route throughout its dramatic landscape. This image from the first stage, shows the riders heading for the Dales, passing through the crowds. Interesting to see hands holding mobile phones these days to capture the action. I always love the flags that line the route of a race, these turquoise blue and white ones represent the county of Yorkshire. The helicopter dancing between them was quite spectacular as well! I had to capture that – great flying!
Posted on May 13, 2015
The success of the visit of the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014 took everyone by surprise. The course was challenging, the people came out in droves, villages, towns, even the sheep turned yellow and the wider TV audience saw how stunningly beautiful Yorkshire is. It was no surprise that the Tour de France organisers wished to repeat the experience, so in May, the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire took place. The weather was a little cooler but the yellow was abundant in the fields and the spring skies just added to the drama. It was a fantastic weekend of cycling, the first Tour de Yorkshire and the first of many I hope. Here are my drawings:
In case you were wondering… all the paintings are original and for sale – See ‘Click to buy’ on each image and for general information Picture Information