Even if you don’t know Richard Mitchelson’s name, you’ve probably seen his work, whether it be caricatures of some of bike racing’s biggest names for Rouleur, which have since made it off the page and onto T-shirts and coffee mugs, or the cycling jerseys he’s designed for Militag. Now’s your chance to collaborate with the Brighton-based artist with a colour-and keep cartoon of Team Sky sprinter and Tour de France debutant Ben Swift.
You’ll find the black and white line drawing of Ben on Richard’s website – there’s also the pictured example in Team Sky’s black and green Rainforest Rescue kit, but you’re invited to let your imagination run wild.
Also on the website is a ‘Vision On’ style gallery of contributions to the artist’s first initiative of this nature that took place this time last year with the subject being Cervelo TestTeam rider Dan Lloyd.
We’ll let Richard carry on the explanation behind this year’s contest in his own words:
“So, here it is... My big COLOUR AND KEEP for this years Tour De France, and it's all about the young Yorkshire Team Sky wonder Ben Swift.
“As a Yorkshire man darn sarf I love to get behind my fellow Yorkshire men and by PRINTING out the black and white image and colouring it in with anything you, your family, your kids see fit...
“There is even a PRIZE [WOOOOOOOOOOOO i hear you cry] yes a PRIZE [so good I write it in caps] to the most creative colourererer and use of the picture I will send an A4 EDDY print... I know... yowzer. So colour it in, stick it up somewhere; on the fridge, on the cat, on your gran, or in your local cycle hang out. Lets get the support out for Ben in his first Tour De France... SO GET THEM CRAYONS OUT AND SHOW SWIFTY OUR SUPPORT!!! Go NOW... Get Printing PLEASE!”
So, happy colouring - we'll be cracking the crayons open too and, er, giving the kids a hand - and good luck in the competition!
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.