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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   1 2 :
          Lannemezan > Plateau de Beille | 195 km


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In 3 words :
  "Cluster of titans"

. . .

Start time today : 6:06am

Completed : 9:34pm

Time today : 15 hours : 28 minutes

Time to date : 213 hours : 30 minutes

Runs today: 2 - handrolled names (you can figure out the colors); red for team names, Didi and 2 Moments of Humanity

Runs to date : 51

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The day's story

This story is easy to write.

Up, down, up, down, up down, up.

You can look below at the profile of the stage to see what I'm talking about. Big mountains.

Final climb is about 1200m over 16.5k. That is a mountain top finish. The "main 5" (as opposed to the media calling them the "fabulous 5" which is about as lame as I can imagine) stuck together like glue. Nibali took a shot at one point and got about 80m ahead, but got reeled in. Contador took a shot and got about 20m.

The poster came down to this one of about 2 seconds of video from one of the helicopters. Froome is in Yellow, Quintina is in white, Nibali in blue, Contador in Green and Van Garderen in Red.

Then all we had to do was compose and organize the names and then handroll the entire thing. First part took about 3 hours. Second part took about 2 hours.

We took a time-lapse photo of most of the composing of the wood type. I'll try to get that on sometime here.

The five titans of this year's tour rammed together in one frame. I don't think I've ever seen them that compacted before. Usually more in single file. Maybe side by side. But this was a tight grouping.

Handrolling was obvious for us. Great fun toward the end with in was practically flying. Next time we have a group like this we are going to try to jump to the flying ink part.

Additional elements:

. . . O N E

We saw Didi along the route so we included our trident in his honor.

. . . T W O

Nick is a competition bbq guy. He works with a group called "Nice Racks." Last weekend they competed in the NJ State BBQ Championships and apparently did OK in the rankings. They bring back the meat they don't give the judges or eat. Today Nick gave it to us, so we had a bbq dinner. Meat. No vegetables. Nice.

. . . T H R E E

While we were watching the race the mail came with a nice surprise from Melissa. Melissa had mentioned a book she had read entitled Tour de France: The History, the Legend, the Riders. And as if by magic, it appeared.

"Nice." Actually, from every point forward that I think about Melissa, I'm going to also think about the word "Nice."

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Nick Prestileo, Steve DeCusatis, Ed McCann

Size : 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography : wood - Velo Black 12 line (House Industries) and ?; metal -

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

Above: Profile of today's stage

Above: Stage 12 desserts at the Glass Kitchen (2 Key lime pies, 2 carrot cakes, coconut cream pie, and chocolate peanut butter pie. Yummm.

Above: Trying to figure out a way to make a lot of type work.

Above: Once we decided we had something close we all grabbed it and rotated it 180°

Above: We were taking the time lapse photo and I got Ed to jump in for one frame. Then I tried to see how long I could get him to stay in that position. Not long.

Above: He seemed good natured about it all.

Above: The final lockup of the Rodriguez, Nibali, Van Garderen, Contador, Quintana, and Froome.

Above: The handrolling. Keep in mind I'm not in there as I'm being the photographer. There was as much bumping here as in the Tour de France.

Above: A closeup of the scene.

Above: And the inevitable cleanup afterwards.

Above: The type we are using is starting to get a nice patina on it.

Above: Getting ready to run the team name, Didi's trident (the red area right under Tray, and 2 Moments of Humanity.

Above: The 5 titans of letterpress.

Above: We've been trying to catch up on the NASA events with Pluto when we get home at night. This was Jill's homage to the miraculous event.

Above: Ed's reaction to "Before you touch paper, are your hands clean?"

Above: The iPhone is often watching over things.

Above: A nice scene from outside our studio.