Bernard Hinault’s Epic Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ride. In Pixels.

Illustration

My love of pixel art and of cycling come together to form this tribute to Bernard Hinault’s legendary ride through the snow to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one day Classic in 1980. Most of the field had dropped out of the race in the face of freezing conditions and snow. Not Bernard. Displaying his famous tenacity and bloody-minded toughness, Hinault won the race almost 10 minutes ahead of his closest rival.

“My hands were frozen to the handlebars … I went to the limit”

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Obviously, mere pixels can’t really do his exploits justice but it seemed a good idea to celebrate Hinault and his epic ride in some way. If you’d like to know more about  the man they called ‘Le Blaireau’ (‘The Badger’) read this Velominati article and Richard Moore’s excellent ‘Slaying the Badger’ (a book about Hinault’s and LeMond’s Tour de France battles).

The image is pretty big to accommodate some tiny writing at the bottom. I’ve reduced it in size for the web but if anyone would like a nice high quality print let me know via my Contact page or Twitter.

Cheers! Hope you like it. Thanks to Prendas Ciclismo for giving me the idea.

Tim

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