In 2013 I was very fortunate to be on the slopes of Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day during the Tour de France … it was an epic stage in searing heat up one of the most ferocious mountains out there … Chris Froome won the stage and I walked around 9km up the mountain that day and perched myself on one of the hairpin bends, camera in hand waiting for the race to explode.
Amongst the hundreds of images I captured that day was one of Jens Voight, riding up on his TREK and subsequently I tweeted Jens, who is very social and he replied to confirm that the strange black arm bands in the image were in fact special team issue arm coolers, produced specifically for that stage. Very interesting.
Fast forward now three years and through a friend I had the opportunity to get a print of the image signed by the man himself.
This week that print arrived in my office.
A really personal message from Jens …. “To Martin, all the best and we both know that I am rocking the arm coolers” – that is something really special.
I plan to get the image framed and start to add to the collection !
In other news, it was stage 3 of the cycling themed tattoo this week and the outline and shading of the back piece is complete …. more to come on this one, but side by side with the chest piece it is starting to look amazing !
Hopefully I will be getting out tomorrow for another good training ride around the Lancashire hills, building well towards the Tourmalet !