Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E 9 :
Vannes > Plumelec | 28 km | team time trial
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In 7 words :
"9 for one &
5th for all"
. . .
Start time today : 5:54am
Completed : 7:16pm
Time today : 13 hours : 22 minutes
Time to date : 151 hours : 48 minutes
Runs today: 6 - 5 runs of red while swapping the wood type characters in the rotation pattern of the team, black for BMC and descriptive text
Runs to date : 38
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The day's story
The team time trial is a strange stage compared to the others. For those who collaborate with us and are forced to sit through 3 or 4 hours of watching cycling live on TV, the complexity of the Tour de France just related to the various jerseys is pretty complicated with the way everyone's time is calculated: multiple places for the sprinter points to be gained, a variety of mountain points, mountain top versus valley finishes, and time bonuses. Throw in the impact of breakaways and team strategy and things easily start to overwhelm.
Today was the Team Time Trial. Each team rides together, with only each other to help out. It is a really great scene when the motorcycle photographer looks right up the backs of the maximum of 9 riders (at least one team was down to only 6) and its undulating sway back and forth dependent on the gears each rider is using and their heights.
The point to the TTT is for the 5th man to get across the finish line. Everyone on the team gets that time and it is an opportunity for a highly placed member of that team to leap forward in the rankings.
They start out working together often having members who are not likely to survive in the top 5 to work in the front to conserve energy for those who will make it to the finish line. Gradually slower members are dropped as the time, speed and distance increases. Toward the end of the race the riders are constantly looking back to see how well the last guy is doing. Four cyclists finishing 30 seconds ahead of the 5th guy will get his time no matter what. Only 37 seconds divides the first 6 leaders for the Yellow Jersey, so everyone gets up this morning dreaming of having a very good day and hoping everyone else has a bad one.
BMC with Tejay van Garderen (13 seconds down to the Yellow Jersey) covered the 28k at an average speed of just over 52 kph (32.3 mph). Team Sky with Tour leader Chris Froome was behind by a single second, so their time differences only changed by that single second. Other major contenders, such as Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali lost more time so the pressure on them went up a notch.
Tomorrow is rest day #1 for the Tour. We'll do a poster using a bike chain in some way to celebrate the break.
It's not yet time for panic, but everyone knows that time is coming.
After the rest day, the Tour rides into the Pyrenees. After a few days of those mountains it is time to panic.
Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Carol Mauer, Kelly Mauer
Size : 14.5" x 22.5"
Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm
Main typography : wood - Velo Black 12 line (House Industries); metal - Euro Bold.
Production notes : handset wood & metal type. The stage details and signature block were preprinted using Boxcar photopolymer plates.
Press : Vandercook Universal III
Images from Stage
Profile of today's stage
Above: Stage 9 desserts at the Glass Kitchen.
Above: Kelly was in charge of arranging the letters to give us a bit of "team time trial" waggle.
Above: Kelly printing and Carol in a perfect execution of slipping that print onto the pile.
Above: Kelly seemingly pleased at the end of a run.
Above: A shot of the inking rollers starting over the wood type showing that there is indeed no furniture involved in the printing.
Above: This is what the last run of 5 red runs using the same pieces of wood type looked like.
Above: Shows the double stick tape applied directly to the bed of the press. We were going to be moving all 9 pieces of wood type between each run so we thought it was worth trying a new strategy instead of locking everything up with furniture.
We thoroughly cleaned the bed of the press to get rid of any oil or ink. We drew two lines to generally indicate the tops and bottoms of the pieces along with a center line. Kelly could adjust the letters anyway she wanted. After talking about it we decided it was best to not have the groupings of overprinted letters touch each other. Kelly used a print on the 4th and 5th runs to actually think about what she was doing with the new layer. Runs 1 thru 3 were pretty random.
The fifth run utilized specific letters to adjust the edges of the groupings so they didn't appear very similar. Letters like the 2 Cs and G have the same round side. The B / R and the M / N each have similar sides so the order of the letters was altered.
Above: Kelly and Carol with the composite print which is coming along nicely.