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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2013
S T A G E   1 1 : individual time trial
          Avranches > Mont-Saint-Michel / 33 km

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Blew away the field

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Start time today : 5:55 am

Completed : 10:26 pm

Time today : 16 hours 31 minutes

Time to date: 188 hours 41 minutes

Printing sequence : 4 runs - handrolled Mont Saint Michel, yellow, handrolled MartIIn, red

Runs to date : 58

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The day's story

Today's stage was an individual time trial. There isn't much specific action other than seeing who can ride the 32km course the fastest without any help from their team. Tony Martin, of Omega Pharma-Quickstep and who is the World Time Trial Champion and who started at #65, set a blistering pace. No one came within a minute of his 36:29 time, which is an average of just over 54 kph or 33.7 mph. Hop on your bike and see what kind of hill you need to go down to get up to that speed. Now imagine maintaining that speed on flat ground for half an hour.

Martin's time looked like a winner until Chris Froome, currently wearing the Yellow Jersey as the leader of the Tour de France, had better times at the first two checkpoints. In the end a headwind, that was steadily increasing during the day at the finish line, kept Martin's time on top.

Froome's time, though coming in second for the stage, was enough to add more than 2 minutes to the gap between him and his nearest competitor. Froome was the race favorite at the start and he is living up to the media attention.

Now check out the abbey of Mont Saint Michel, where each time-trial rider had to face a totally unobstructed headwind coming in over that barren tideland you can see in the photo. It looks like a fabulous castle, and with Martin's second stage win and Froome's ability to demonstrate that he has earned the right to wear the maillot jeune, they were obviously the "Kings of the Castle." We got to admire it in the round every time the helicopter cameras followed the riders through the stage route, so naturally we had to use it somehow. We settled on a typographic rendering of Mont Saint Michel handrolled in 3 values of gray to suggest the ancient stonework. You can see the race course on that little curve of road in the lower left of the photo.

We've decided (in our dreams) that we want to relocate Lead Graffiti to that scenic island. Now seriously, wouldn't it be great to wait until low tide so you could walk out and print a poster related to the Tour de France from this place? Perhaps we could rent out a couple of rooms to help pay the mortgage.

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher & Tray Nichols

Size: 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: Bernhard gothic Medium & Impact (wood):; Thinline, Jefferson Gothic, & Euro (metal)

Production notes: handset wood & metal type. The stage / signature block / profile was preprinted using photopolymer plates.

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Today's photos

Jill and Ray composing the main elements for the poster.

Jill handrolling the lockup of Mont Saint Michel. Actually there were three colors, but someone had to take the photo. It is really fun to lockup an image like this. At the left you can see the spacers for the two blocks of wood type. When we started locking up for the red type run, we pulled out all of the furniture and started over, except that we picked up the angle for the words "& the time gap widens."

Tray printing while Jill was taking the prints off. The studio was hot and we had an industrial fan blowing directly at us which makes the paper want to duck down under the feedboard, so it was easier to just use two people.