I had been asked to provide some artwork for the overall winner of the combativity prize of the whole Tour of Britain, sponsored by Rouleur Magazine. So the piece you see [which is based around my 'one day in july piece' with a Tour of Britain twist] was printed up, framed and was there to meet me on Sunday, when I went along with my Dad to watch the race and present the prize to the overall combativity winner on the podium... a certain rider by the name of Mr Mark Cavendish.
The race reached its exciting climax and I was called up onto the podium. The crowds were HUGE... British cycling is currently on the crest of a wave, and with people 10 deep or more at the barriers it was mind blowing. Mark came up to join me, collect his flowers, have a shake of the hand and then came the interesting task of trying to hand over the HUGE print to one of cyclings current icons. I said "I hope you enjoy sticking it on your wall..." I was met by a wide Cavendish smile. It was a moment I won't forget. If he fails to re-capture his world champs jersey on Sunday I think I can safely say to be the final person to shake his hand on a podium in the stripes. He's done that jersey proud.
For a closer look at the very rare one off print [perhaps now hanging in Mark Cavendish's loo...] click on the image.