This painting celebrates a lot more than Alex’s first 100 mile bike ride (‘century’ in cycling lingo). His first ride was 2 miles less than a year ago and that was a challenge! Before the 100 miler, the furthest he’d been was 58 miles. I wanted to mark these in the painting, so included them, along with another significant milestone of Alex’s first cycle to work, on a signpost. The signpost itself is based on one in Suffolk where Alex did all his cycling.
Alex trained up with the help of his friend and more experienced cyclist, Rob. To mark this partnership, I included the symbols of both Alex and Rob’s businesses – Morris the seagull for Alex, and Regatta flags for Rob. As a thank you for his help, Alex also commissioned a painting for Rob (below). I made this identical (as much as you can do identical by hand!) to celebrate the shared endeavour. Allthough if you look closely, you’ll see Morris holding a ‘thank you’ in his beak!
The 100 miler event was actually 103 miles, so this was the main focus of the painting. It’s never easy cycling 100 miles, and the day itself was a bit rainy and windy, so I added a weather symbol at the end of the 103 miles to remind them of what they cycled through! The medal shows the key stats from the ride.