We had enough rain this weekend to ensure excellent mud at the cyclocross bicyle race at the Portland International Raceway. Luckily, there was only occasional light drizzle during the race itself, which make it possible to do some fun sketching.
At first, I tried using a brown colored pencil on the sketches to emphasize how mud was building up on legs and gumming up the brakes of the bikes...
But then I started just doing gesture sketches of the cyclists, since there were such great poses going on during (and around the edges of) the race.
It took a lot of effort to push the bikes up the steep stretches of hill that were nothing but deep, slick mud!
As you can imagine, there was a really long line to use the hoses to wash the bikes off, post-racing, throughout the day.
Of course, the impatient folks could always wade into one of the larger puddles and wash the bikes off that way.
The giant puddles worked for personal grooming, too!
When I finally make it out to see "The Body Beautiful" exhibit at the art museum, I am pretty sure I'm going to imagine all the fancy marble statues of athletes covered in mud...