Everyone here in Revel is getting very excited as this Saturday’s Stage 13 of the Tour de France finishes here – and then Stage 14 starts from here on Sunday morning!
This is not only a great honour for this small market town (population about 9,000) but also a major boost to the “Bio Valley Lauragais” project which designates Revel as the centre of an area focusing on biological and natural food products.
And with 50,000 visitors expected it should be quite a weekend!
You can see more details of Revel on the Tour’s official web site here and there is a short video showing the market square (which features in many of my paintings) here
I am delighted to have been invited to sit in the VIP stand adjacent to the finish from where I am hoping to take photos on which to base a large painting of this historic event.
I also have an exhibition of paintings of Revel in Madam Maury’s fabulous antiques shop in the market square, including the above painting of some cyclists I spotted a couple of weeks ago.
My only worry is how Contador is going to carry a large painting on his bike, particularly with the tricky Pyrenees sections ahead!