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.|