Friday, August 06, 2010
Tour of California Stage 6
8" x 10" Oil on panel.
Stage 6 of the Tour of California was the "Queen Stage" of the race. That means it was the longest and hardest day of the race. The route profile was jagged with a lot of climbing up to Big Bear Ski Resort. While the sprinters and tired riders struggled with the time cut, the stars went into the breakaway. For this painting, I used a shot from Casey Gibson's coverage with Andy Schleck and George Hincapie; then I edited out the other two riders in the view.
It was a blazing hot day until we got up to altitude. The sunshine made the pavement as bright as in this painting. We had great twisty climbs and wide open descents. Late in the stage, George made his bid along the highway overlooking the LA basin, but in the end a fairly big group came to the finish together.