Andy Hampsten for Bicycling Magazine
posted: April 8, 2008
David Speranza of Bicycling magazine asked me to do an illustration for an article whose headline was "The Day Strong Men Cried." I haven't actually seen the issue yet, so I don't know if they stuck with that headline, but it's pretty accurate.
The story is about Andy Hampsten, who was the first and only American to win the Giro d'Italia, twenty years ago. The picture is of him braving the steep Gavia Pass in the middle of a freak blizzard.
There is only one known photo of Hampsten during the snowstorm, a grainy shot of him coming straight-on, which is on the web. David Speranza wanted me to re-create this intense part of the climb, so I tried a few different angles in the sketches.