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News 2014


          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014
S T A G E   1 :
          Leeds > Harrogate / 191 km

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In 9 words:
   "Get your ducks (and your
     teammates) in a row"

. . .

Start time today: 5:44am

Completed: 10:59 pm

Time today: 17 hours : 15 minutes

Time to date: 17 hours : 15 minutes

Runs: 5 - handrolled arrow column 1, 3 & 5 using 3 colors, handrolled arrow columns 2 & 4 using 4 colors, yellow (Kittel), blue (130K), and green (Jens)

Runs to date: 5

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The day's story

Description: My guess is that at the start of Day One of our Tour de Lead Graffiti project we are about as nervous as the Tour de France riders.

Always love to see who the opening breakaway is and that didn't disappoint. Three riders jumped away from the peloton right at the gun and one of those was Jens Voigt. Jens is the oldest rider in Tour this year at 42.

"Excuse me. The guy is riding the Tour at 42."

This is his 17th Tour which ties the record and Jens says its his last. There are actually 3 other guys who are over 40 riding this year.

At the first category 4 mountain top (there were 3 in the stage) it was pretty clear that the other two much younger legs had more power than Jens had to jump out at the last minute and capture the King of the Mountain points awarded at the mountain tops. The person with the most of these points gets to wear the polka dot jersey designating them as King of the Mountains.

After another 30k or so, Jens decided that the only way he was going to wear the jersey for at least the one stage tomorrow was to breakaway from the breakaway. And he was off. The other two wouldn't see him for another 60k at the finish line.

Jens Voigt passing the King of the Mountain sign saying 1 kilometer to his opportunity to wear the polka dot jersey tomorrow.

A crash between Mark Cavendish and Simon Garrens, almost within sight of the finish line, took Mark Cavendish out of the Tour de France in his mother's home town of Harrogate. The interview with him the next morning when he announced he wasn't continuing was heart breaking.

Oh, well. This is the Tour de France and fate can take a disastrous turn at any time for any of the riders.

The basis for the poster was an image of about 6 of the teams, side-by-side, nearing the end of the stage who were getting all their team members aligned to lead out their team's sprinter.

The winner today was Marcel Kittle (who is somewhere in that mass of riders) of Team Giant-Shimano in a blistering finish past Peter Sagan. Kittel will wear the yellow jersey on Stage 2.

It seems worth mentioning that for a bunch of the young riders in the TdF, it strikes me as odd that there wasn't a hundred of them (and I know you can't do a breakaway with 100 riders) in that breakaway. Opening day of the most important event in your life and you just sit back in the pack?

Might be a call to students. Don't just sit in the pack. Work to be in the breakaway.

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Adam DelMarcelle, & Brian Campbell.

Size: 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: Neuland 12 line, Jefferson Gothic 12 line, and Euro Bold Condensed 24 point

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

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Photos from July 5th / Stage 1

A view of the roughing in of the arrows representing the riders on the main sprinter teams. On the next run we will use 2 of the stacks to fit in between these 3. I completely forgot to shoot a photo of the lockup for this which was pretty cool. First day jitters, I guess.

Brian, Adam and Jill madly playing a game of 'Twister" with their rollers.

A nice closeup of the rolling

One of Jill's art shots with the late afternoon light streaming in through the door.

Brian taking a photo of Adam doing his letterpress thing.

In an earlier life Brian was a competitive cyclist so he wore a shirt he had signed by David Finney to the Lead Graffiti party.

The lockup of Jens Voigt. We love locking up diagonal type which is really a lot easier than it looks.

Watching the print happen.

Speeding things up with one printing and one removing the print.

The crowds were pretty amazing. This is a shot from TV near one of the Category 4 mountaintops.