Artist wins cycling poster contest

Local photographer and graphic artist Robb Reece won a poster contest for Denver’s time trial of the USA Cycling Pro Challenge, a statewide cycling race slated for late August.

Reece’s striking illustration in yellow, black and white shows a cyclist who appears to be pedaling furiously while bent over areobars. Reece said he found the image of the cyclist and manipulated it in Photoshop.

Reece, who also is a former professional cyclist, said he submitted eight images for posters through the national contest and was pleased to learn his submission won for the Denver stage.

“The whole idea is hopefully this will spark something that would get Grand Junction on the map,” Reece said. “Hopefully it will help add a little fuel to the fire to get a race here.”

A committee from Grand Junction worked to get a stage race in Grand Junction this summer, but the city was not chosen by USA Pro Challenge organizers.

Artists from 23 states submitted poster images to represent each of the cities that cyclists will travel through in Colorado’s seven-stage race, Reece said.  For his efforts, Reece said he will receive “a little cash” and VIP tickets to Denver’s time-trial finish.

Reece said cycling always has been important to him. Reece, 47, raced professionally 15 years ago and was a member of the junior world team and participated in the U.S. Olympic trials. He has worked as a graphic artist for 20 years and now is focused on his business, Robb Reece Photography.

“Cycling has always been there,” he said. “To actually give back and be involved in some way and have this up there is huge for me.”

USA Pro Challenge is releasing the poster winners for the 2012 stage races on its Facebook page.


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