Collecting great cycling artwork that inspires you can be a project in itself, and there are many different styles to choose from. You may be looking for something that will remind you of your favourite mountains, a monumental race, or simply something that captures the pain and joy of riding we all know so well. From art created from ride data, to beautiful scenery and humorous characterisations, we’ve chosen our top 5 illustrators and artists to help you get started.
Neil Stevens – Crayon Fire (http://www.crayonfireshop.co.uk)
A broad range of prints: from cleverly illustrated maps, to travel orientated images and legendary races in a totally distinctive style. There is always something to draw your eye in a Crayon Fire piece – especially the maps of the major races. These highlight key climbs, places of cultural interest and even foods and wines of the area. They make great conversation pieces and the more you look at them, the more details you can spot each time.
1810 Creative (https://shop.1810creative.com/collections/cycling-prints)
In collaboration with Simon Warren, creator and originator of the 100 Climbs series (https://www.100climbs.co.uk), this series of data-led art prints capture the gradients, length and challenges of the climbs featured in the 100 Climbs books. Pick the climbs you have done, your local area or a challenge for the future to keep you inspired and on your toes. A great present for data geeks!
Bringing a characterful cartoon style to some of the favourite faces of the peloton, past and present, RichMitch has a whole range of races and riders to choose from. His ‘Legends’ print is a particular favourite as it highlights the greatest names and deeds in cycling history. Becoming a RichMitch character is the pinnacle of achievement in cycling – once you’re in his line up, you have really made it!
Simon Scarsbrook (http://scarsbrook-art.com)
Demonstrating a deep understanding of what it means to be a cyclist, Scarsbrook brings a gentle humour and beautiful illustrative style that will conjure up your favourite ride moments. His range features characters that will remind you of yourself and your riding buddies through to classic and vintage race scenes featuring racing heroes from the past. Amongst our favourites are the scenic landscapes that capture the joy of long rides and the changing seasons. These are beautiful images for your wall that will remind you that there is nothing better than a long bike ride.
Massif Central (https://themassifcentral.co.uk/collections/cycling)
Done something amazing on your bike? Completed a challenge that you are particularly proud of? Celebrate it by turning your stats into a stunning work of art. It will intrigue anyone who spots it hanging up and for you it will be testimony to the hard miles and high mountains you’ve ridden. If you are tackling a series of tough events, such as the Haute Route, it will make a stunning wall series and be completely unique to you.