Teamwork tour de force

photo sprinters le dorât tour de france 2016

The Tour de France is a tour de force of teamwork.

From the start to the finish the riders are working for the benefit of their lead rider – the one who is most likely to get the yellow jersey.

The team is shaped around that leading individual. So if they have one pronounced talent the team will be built to support them in the weaker areas. For Team Sky in Chris Froome they have a strong all-rounder who has won all the jerseys.

Working together the team will shield him from cross-winds and other riders as required. They’ll support him to create the pace he requires even if it totally exhausts them.  Teamwork pulls the stage plan together for the best result for the pursuit of the yellow jersey.

It must be a moment of huge relief to be freewheeling downhill under control before those legs have to start powering again. Heads down, apart from one, just taking a sneaky peek.


“SkyFall’ was in exhibition at Greenstage Gallery  during hArt 2016 with noise inspired works by Ed Ball.

Created on 50 x 100 cm primed canvas on stretchers with Winsor & Newton water-soluble oils, thinner and linseed oil, framed in white-limed wood.


Bike history in the making

montage of oil paintings of tour de france and tour de yorkshire

From the moment they took to the time trial track in the Netherlands at Stage 1 the members of bike team MTN-Qhubeka started a new chapter in the history of the world’s biggest bike race. Merhawi Kudus (youngest tour rider in 2015) and Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first black Africans to compete as part of the first African team in the Tour.

Having created their own race in response to the Giro d’Italia, there is a bike racing pedigree of over seventy years in Eritrea. The area is high and therefore it encourages strength and endurance riders. Ideal for tackling mountains. From Eritrea, Daniel Teklehamanot became the first African rider to wear the King of the Mountains jersey on Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2015.

The stages are mixed and the King of the Mountain competitors often pace themselves to attack those moments rather than taking the stages pushing themselves up out of the saddle to keep the motion. Those moments of elation when they crest the hill. It’s been a battle for the team and it’s riders to get it’s place on the tour. The athletic prowess and professionalism of the riders will hopefully see them continue to win jerseys, points and stages. The team also gives back to the country of origin, through the Qhubeka foundation, a charity that helps provide Africans with bicycles.

This painting celebrates the success of the riders and the team. Showing the effort required to be at the front and having got over the hill.


“High Noon’ was in exhibition at Greenstage Gallery during hArt 2016 with the works of Ed Ball who also responds to noise.

Created on 80 x 60 cm primed canvas on stretchers with Winsor & Newton water-soluble oils, thinner and linseed oil, framed in white-limed wood.