tour de yorkshire Archives | Kathryn Sassall Artist

From sprint to sands at Scarborough

photo KOM spotted houseBikes painted and hung in trees. Houses covered in spots. Bunting shaped like racers jerseys. Lamposts wrapped in knitting. The Tour de Yorkshire has it all as the fans and towns it passes through make the effort to show their support to T’Tour being there.

The third day was the chance to catch a sprint in the wonderful town of Thirsk, known also for it’s famous Yorkshire vets.

Of course it was raining, by the time the bikes went through, but no-one minds. Test runs and cheers had been completed as local children went by on their bikes, dreaming that it would be them in a few years time. A lady on a mobility scooter got the largest cheer of the morning.

The riders came by less in a sprint and more in team huddles as the weather was making it tough to stay warm and lead out. With the heights of Sutton Bank to scale in the damp and then another five climbs before the sea and sand finish at Scarborough it was a real day for pulling together.

That’s what bike racing is partly about. Sometimes sacrificing yourself for the sake of the team, supporting, pulling others along, but knowing you’ll not get the line glory. Working hard and keeping going as that endurance will give the team the results they need. It’s hard and those riders are often in the shadows of the greats.

Painting:

“Drones’ was in exhibition with Greenstage Gallery  and SOLD at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea in November 2016. Created with primed canvas on stretchers, Winsor & Newton water-based oils, thinner and linseed oil, framed in white-limed wood.

Available as limited edition print:-

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Wet kit and warmers at the Tour de Yorkshire

photo cycle tour de yorkshire The Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014, started something wheely big in Yorkshire. The opening stages – Le Grand Depart – had been in the UK before in 1998, but not so warmly adopted and embraced as it has been in the shires of Yorkshire. Each year since they’ve run their own Tour De Yorkshire and the riders and fans have gone as crazy for it as the French do.

In 2016, Welcome to Yorkshire continued to work towards it’s aim of making Yorkshire the cycling heartland of Europe, and upped the ante in the women’s race by offering the largest prize fund ever. Three days of racing are organised by A.S.O. delivering tough hills to climb and more twists and turns interspersed with sprints before the long run to the finishes – Le Tour de Yorkshire.

The only thing they can not organise is the weather. Having climbed up Greenhow Hill on Day One to capture the exertion in the faces and bodies of the riders, we all huddled like penguins behind the team feed station vans to try to stay warm and out of the snow flurries until the moment that the helicopters crested the ridge to let us know that the teams had arrived.

The Tour de Yorkshire riders had for the main part carried on. Working together to keep the speed, the motivation and the pace that’s required to stay warm. It’s a team game and the riders were swathed in wet gear from head to toe.   It was 186 km from the start at Beverley, Sir Bradley Wiggins had to pull out at 35km, but others continued to fight through the cold and wet conditions to take them to the final sprint at Giggleswick and the sprint to the line at Settle.

Painting:

“Banking’ was exhibited at the Greenstage Gallery with works by Ed Ball who also reacts to noise in his work.

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

Exhibition:

Saturday 20th August to Sunday 25th September 2016

  • Closed Mondays except
  • Bank Holiday Monday 10 – 17:30 & h.Art Week Monday 12th 10 – 17.00
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 17:30
  • Sundays 12 – 17:00 and longer on h.Art Week Sundays 11th & 18th 10 – 17:00

 

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