Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio Olympics: Victorious Trio

The podium trio of the Men's Olympic Mountain Bike Race gathered for a few quick photos before moving on to their medal ceremony.  I wonder if they would shower quickly and get to the Olympic Park for the Closing Ceremonies.  Raising his arm in a victorious salute is the Gold Medalist, Nino Schurter (Switzerland) to his left is Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) who won Silver, and on the other side is the Bronze Medal winner Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spain).  It was a fine race, even if Peter Sagan wasn't a player after the first two laps.

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Rio Olympics: Face Plant

Unlike the Women's race, the Men's was plaqued by crashes and traffic jams.  The wet, muddy course was much more difficult to negotiate than the dry one that the women faced.  Or perhaps the cameramen didn't want to show bloodied women stuck under their bicycles.  Alexander Gehbauer (Austria) got his front wheel caught as he descended the steep stepped logs after a fast twisting downhill section.  This was his second crash in about a half of a mile.  The first had him landing on sharp boulders, at least this landing pad was mud and grass.  Small favors.

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Rio Olympics: Do Some Work!

Further back from the leaders, riding fifth and sixth on the course were Mathias Fluckger (Switzerland) and Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Colombia).  Fluckger appears to be frustrated with the Colombian sitting on his wheel.  As the duo come through the finishing straight for the bell lap, Fluckger tries to get Botero to come around and help chase those up the road.  Both were too far back to have any realistic hopes of getting on to the podium with just one three mile lap to go.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember this is an original work of art, so once it has been sold, it is gone.  Don't delay buy it now!

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Rio Olympics: The Slower Route

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) may have been regretting his decision to skip the road race and to take on the mountain bike trail above Rio.  Sagan had a great two laps until he had a flat tire.  Unlike the road race with neutral service vehicles and team cars behind the racers, Sagan had to ride the flat all of the way to the service area.  With that, his race was basically over.  He got back on two minutes back and just kept losing time to the leaders there after.  He was caught by the camera man dismounting to descend a difficult rock strewn obstacle, not the fastest way to get down, but better than crashing.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember this is an original work of art, so once it has been sold, it is gone.  Don't delay buy it now!

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Rio Olympics: In Pursuit

The Spaniard Carlos Coloma Nicolas, decided he didn't want to come to the line with Maxime Marotte on his wheel.  So on the penultimate lap he went off on his own, partly in hopes of chasing down the two men up the road, but mainly to come to the line without fear of being out sprinted for Bronze.  The course was "spectator friendly" whatever that means, but it was true that hundreds of mountain biking fans lined all of the tricky parts of the course.  Although some seemed more interested in taking selfies with the racers in the background than they were in the race itself.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember this is an original work of art, so once it has been sold, it is gone.  Don't delay buy it now!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rio Olympics: Through the Woods

The Women's Mountain Bike race was contested on dusty roads yesterday, but the rain overnight left the men racing on slippery muddy roads.  Literally slipping off the front was the Swiss rider, Nino Schurter with the Czech, Jaroslav Kulhavy chasing him through the rock strewn woods, splattering mud on themselves as they go.  The duo had contested for the Gold Medal in London four years ago, and it looks like they would repeat the effort in Rio.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember this is an original work of art, so once it has been sold, it is gone.  Don't delay buy it now!

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Rio Olympics: S Curves

The UCI World Road Champion, Peter Sagan (Slovakia) had given the Olympic Road Race a pass so he could race the Men's Mountain Bike race on the last day of the Olympic Games.  Since Sagan has been busy on the roads of Europe (and the rest of the world) he was ranked nearly dead last in the UCI Mountain Bike Association.  Given that he started in the very last position as the event got underway.  No matter, Sagan was quickly amongst the leaders, in fact he was third wheel on the first lap.  Sagan is known for his bike handling skills on the road, but he is a former Junior Mountain Bike World Champion.  The Slovak was chasing down through a twisting descent with Victor Koretzky (France).

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Remember this is an original work of art, so once it has been sold, it is gone.  Don't delay buy it now!

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Rio Olympics:Silver & Bronze

I knew that Feyisa Lilesa's (Ethiopia) gesture meant more than just a signature gesture, think Usain Bolt's lightening bolt pose, but I admit I had to research its meaning.  After the race, I read an article from the LA Times, that indicated it was a gesture of protest of the Ethiopian Goverment's killing of the Oromo people  When asked about it, he felt that he will face prison or death on his return home.  A brave way to bring the attention of the blight of Ethiopia to the world stage.  His Silver Medal has almost been lost in the story.  I noticed that the coverage of the Marathon medal ceremony did not show his crossed arms on the podium.  Behind the political gesture, the neophyte American marathon runner, Galen Rupp (USA) managed to finish third for the Bronze.  Ironically, the blue suited guards were there to stop the protest of Brazilians that marred the finish of the Women's Marathon.

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Rio Olympics: Running Alone

The Kenyan Eluid Kipchoge had spent a lot of the early miles of the Olympic Marathon trying to organize the race to his liking.  Oddly he was trying to slow the race down early on, only to leave everyone behind in the last couple of miles.  The last two to hold onto his heals were Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) and Galen Rupp (USA).  But it was this view, the back of Kipchoge, that everyone who started the race got to see (or a least to see if figuratively).  Naturally, Kipchote went on to claim the Gold Medal in the Men's Marathon.

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Rio Olympics: Running with Africa

The American, Galen Rupp was the only non African runner at the business end of the Men's Marathon.  As the group dropped runner after runner, the neophyte found himself in the company of a very elite group that was down to the two Ethiopians, Berhanu and Lilesa and the Kenyan, Eluid Kipchoge.  The quartet was roughly twenty miles in, now the real racing can begin.

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