Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Designers do bikes differently. The fine folks at Tenspeedhero are no exception. Based in Chicago the TSH crew is a community of designers and creators who have turned their attention to the world road cycling. They make thoughtfully designed goods created to enhance your cycling experience, whether as a rider or a fan. The newest example of this is their exquisite bicycle collaboration with the handcrafted builder Method Bicycles. Don't take our word for it however, head over to their site and take a look for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Rob Ijbema is a painter from the lovely town of Bilf, Wales in the good 'ol United Kingdom. He paints lovely pictures of professional cyclists doing what they're best at...racing. He may paint other things but I'm not sure and don't really care. If you go to his website you will see great paintings of a number of riders and races. San Remo, De panne, Roubaix, Il Giro and of course Le Tour de France.
That's where things get really interesting. This last July during Le Grand Boucle he painted a picture of a key moment from each days racing on the day it happened (some even got more than one painting). It's quite a feat when you think about it. Painting is not easy, it must have taken a bit of time to decide which rider at which moment to paint let alone actually doing the painting. I'm assuming around stage 12 he probably started wondering what on earth he had gotten himself into, but just like the riders in the peloton, he pushed forward and finished each and every one of them. Below are a few of my favorites, head over to Painting Le Tour to see the rest of them. It's a great way to relive the tour stage by stage from a point of view you would never otherwise see it from.
Stage 2 - OPQS working to take care of Cav on a descent.
|Stage 4 - Orica Greenedge steal the show at the TTT.|
|The riders get a rest day, but not Rob.|
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Shelley Verses is a legendary figure in the world of professional cycling. Never heard of her? That's ok, most people haven't heard of her - or the majority of people in the profession in which she made her mark. You see Shelley was the first ever woman soigneur in the history of professional cycling. She broke down the walls of the good 'ol boys of the European peloton in the mid 80's as part of the great 7-Eleven team and then went on to work for some of the greatest teams of that age of cycling including Greg Lemond's tour winning La Vie Claire team. This interview gives great insight into her life as a soigneur and the mostly thankless job she and many others did in support of some of the greatest riders in history. Well worth the 15 minutes it lasts.