Mountain bike rider jumping over a Chinese dragon who does not seem all that happy about it
Ride the Dragon, watercolor pencils on paper, 8" x 11.5" © Joe Gallwitz 2000

Ride the Dragon, watercolor pencils on paper, 8" x 11.5" © Joe Gallwitz 2000

 

 

I've always had a thing for dragons, especially Chinese and other oriental versions of this mythological beast. Having ridden trails with names like Dragon's Ridge it just seemed natural to have a mountain bike rider jumping over a Chinese dragon- one who does not seem all that happy about it. I've also done Dragon themed whitewater and sea kayaking versions too, and am slowly putting together some aerobatic airplane and glider versions as well. Extreme hobby sports are often said to be pushing the edge of the envelope, but I think of it as tickling the dragon