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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014
S T A G E   2 :
          York > Sheffield / 198 km

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Stage 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Rest | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | Rest | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21

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Available as an individual print
or in the clamshell box edition

In 3 words:
   "Size doesn't matter"

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Start time today: 5:48 am

Completed: 11:38 pm

Time today: 17 hours : 50 minutes

Time to date: 35 hours : 5 minutes

Runs: 10 - Green for the numbers took 3 runs as we only had 2 3s made. The three blocks of dots (explained below) were printed three times in two directions. Nibali was handrolled. It was an easy 10 runs, but each of those takes up an amount of time.

Runs to date: 15

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The day's story

Description: Slept late. Didn't wake up until almost 6:30. Given our view of this project as 'endurance letterpress' it actually makes sense that this poster beat us up and we had to rush a bit at the end to get it into our "same day as the stage" rule for printing the posters.

The stage was listed as a hilly stage versus a mountain stage because it had no big climbs. But it had NINE category climbs.

For those of you new to the Tour de France, hills and mountains are categorized based on how long and steep the climb is. An 'easy' one is a 4. Look at that number 4 on the right of the poster. An easy climb, huh? The climb was only 800 meters long, but it was the steepest climb in the entire tour this year. 33%. That means that for every 3 feet you move forward you climb 1 foot in elevation. I believe I'm right in the steapest paved road in the U.S. is 24% and it is in Vermont.

The easiest is a Category 4, which is typically less than 2km long and about 5 percent grade, or up to 5km at a 2-3 percent grade. This one was shorter so it could have a bit more slope to it. Well, part of it was 33%. The way they calculate the percentage is that for every 100 meters it will climb the percentage number. 100 meters forward and a rise of 10 meters would yield a 10% climb. So that 33% means that you go forward 100 meters and climb 33 meters. That is seriously steep and you had to keep it up for half a mile. Most interstate highways in the U.S. are built with the goal of not exceeding a 5-percent slope.

The crowds in England have been staggering. Huge. They've been a polite crowd, but there have been so many of them along many roads that there have been a number of instances of spectators and cyclists trying to share the same space and that just doesn't work. I guess having a fellow countryman win the Tour 2 years in a row excites people about the Tour. Well, duh.

So, with our poster we wanted to highlight those 9 climbs which really tore the peloton apart, to celebrate the crowds, and to celebrate a solid stage win by Vincenzo Nibali of Astana Pro Team. Read the production notes below on why it took us 3 runs just to do those numbers.

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, and Rebecca Johnson Melvin

Size: 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: Neuland 12 line, Jefferson Gothic 12 line, Euro Bold Condensed 24 point, various sizes of Stymie Medium & Bold, and a bunch of solid dots.

Production notes: handset wood & metal type. The stage / signature block was preprinted using photopolymer plates. The dots were handset in three blocks about 5" wide and 4" high. These were placed side by side and printed. Then we rotated the paper 180 degrees and printed it again for each of 3 colors. It took the better part of 4 hours to do the dots. Once we got rolling with them it went pretty well, but we were almost 5:15 before we started putting ink on paper.

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Photos from July 6th

Lockup of the dots representing the crowds. The dots are tied up in three separate blocks which can moved around and rotated to help us print more British 'people dots.'

Tray and Ray talking over details. Rebecca takes a look at the last print in the run.

Rebecca with the final print.

An art shot in the studio of three solvent bottles.

Jill trying to mask her delight at being finished for the day.

The profile of the day. Look how little that last Cat. 4 climb looks.

And another photo of the day's crowds.