• Ambassadors

    Meet Michael Valenti, cycling artist

    Michael Valenti

We at Ride International Tours are proud to announce our Ambassador for the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under is the extremely talented renowned Cycling Artist, Michael Valenti.

After a long 33-hour flight from Chicago, Michael will be joining our 8-day Tour in Adelaide starting Sunday 13th January. He’ll be riding with our group most days as well as painting daily images of the tour and sharing his experiences with his many followers.

Known in social media as ‘Veloist‘, fans of Michael’s work will have the opportunity to own one of his original pieces by bidding at a nightly auction at the Rapha PopUp. We are delighted and honoured that Michael is part of the Ride International Tours team at this year’s Santos Tour Down Under.

In celebration of this great news, we are giving away one of Michael’s signed original art pieces to one lucky person who makes an Advance Booking for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under between Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th January.

Michael Valenti - instagram

Here’s a bit about Michael:

“I have been riding bicycles since childhood and drawing pictures just as long. Growing up near Boston, my father was an illustrator so art has always been in my life… and cycling has always been a passion”.

Michael’s passion for cycling has been going strong for 30 years and it is his primary motivation as an artist. With a love for turn-of-the-century art posters Michael is bridging the gap between the old and new. With whimsy, charm and an inside knowledge of cycling his graphic and powerful art is uniquely recognisable.

Prior to being the “Cycling Artist”, Michael worked as an Executive Creative Director and Art Director, creating images and advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies for more than 35 years. Throughout his career Michael has worked in large advertising agencies like Leo Burnett in Chicago, and agencies in Boston and Miami.

Michael lives in Illinois on the “Cheese Border” and does most of his riding in southern Wisconsin. This will be Michael’s first trip to Australia and he’s already practicing “G’day mate”.

Michael cycling now and then

Head over to Michael’s website www.michaelvalenti.com to see more his unique and creative cycling artwork… and be prepared to fall in love.

Michael Valenti
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