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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   1 4 :
          Rodez > Mende | 178 km


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In 3 words :
  "The 10th man"

. . .

Start time today : 4:24am

Completed : 10:14pm

Time today : 17 hours : 50 minutes

Time to date : 248 hours : 48 minutes (2 weeks)

Runs today: 3 - handrolled arrows, Cummings, & Mandela in 3 colors; red dots; and a rainbow roll (to get a little more practice at using it) that included two colors for the circular list of 5 favorites and the team name & quote.

Runs to date : 58. This year is going to be way short of last year's total, but many of them are seriously more complex

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The day's story

Back on Stage 10, I told you how that stage was an example of what it is that I like about the Tour de France. This is another, and maybe a better example.

You take a cyclist like Stephen Cummings. Born in 1981 he turned pro in 2005. He has won 9 races or stages in multi-day races over his career. In the hierarchy of cycling résumés, it isn't very high. For instance, Peter Sagan has 76, Chris Froome has 28, including the Tour de France, and Mark Cavendish has 131.

But Cummings is on the MTN-Qhubeka, the first team from Africa to compete in the Tour de France. I talk about that team back on Stage 6. when the first person from an African team wore a jersey (it was for the King of the Mountains) in the Tour.

Cummings came in 10th on the opening individual time trial and that was good enough to beat out some really good riders. Since then the highest finish he has had on any stage was 67th 2 days ago. But there is something special about today if you are on South African team. Today would have been Nelson Mandela's 97th birthday or better known around most of the world a Mandela Day. MTN-Qhebeka is wearing special orange helmuts instead of their normal yellow ones.

To make a long story short, Cummings gets in a breakaway with 19 others, including Peter Sagan. When they get to the finish line Cummings is first across the line. Sagan is 5th. This begs the question, "Where did that come from?"

Where's the evidence to support that happening? Winning a stage in the biggest race with the best competitors on the planet is an experience gained by only a select few.

The Tour just seems to do that to some people some times and watching a lot of cycling makes it worthwhile when it happens.

Bob Roll, one of the post-race commentators was talking about Péraud being involved in the crash yesterday, but finding the courage to bandage up and ride on. Roll said, "The Tour helps you go through the suffering without surrendering." Sounds like a pretty good quote when you are talking about Nelson Mandela.

We thought Nelson Mandela might have been a 10th man on the MTN-Qhebeka team today.

We tried to build the poster around that idea.

It was a good stage with a good intermediate sprint, a surviving breakaway, 2 Frenchmen who looked like they were going to take a 1 - 2 at the finish line came in 2 - 3, the main contenders had some small, but nice attempts to break each other, and Stephen Cummings, who came out of the nowhere in the breakaway to blast past everyone to win.

Froome edged out Quintana to end with the same time, but Quintana gained enough time to take over 2nd place. So, it looks like a 2-man race for the GC.

Wow. Good day to be a Tour de France fan.

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Joel Ouellette

Size : 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

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

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 14 desserts at The Glass Kitchen. Four people, 4 different deserts (Jill / chocolate icecream with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate, Ray / chocolate cream pie, Tray / cheesecake with cherries and whipped cream, and Joel / apple pie.

Above: Started with a little cleanup from yesterday. You can see the rubber-based ink still on the press from last night. We sometimes try to use the same color for the first run the next day. Not this time.

Above: Joel working on spacing "Mandela" as "supports" for the "Cummings" type.

Above: Joel working on registering the 24 point dots to the visual centers of the Mandela type.

Above: A frame from the video of us handrolling the first run. You can even see the 2nd color that Joel is rolling in the foreground. Jill was doing the arrows in red and printing, Ray was rolling Mandela and adding the anger to Cummings, and Joel was rolling the yellow on Cummings.

We are printing on an automatic Vandercook Universal III, but we designed the poster with "Cummings" to run completely across the poster, so we couldn't use the tapes to hold the poster to the cylinder. Tray ran the press on manual, holding the paper tight to the cylinder with his hand until it caught the main type. Once the cylinder was at the end of the press he removed it by hand and manually reversed the cylinder to get back to the starting position.

Above: Joel and Tray printing the red dots for the 2nd run.

Above: Jill's nice lockup for the Bob Roll quote.

Above: In the early stages of locking up the rainbow run. There needs to be both a gap

Above: The 3rd run lockup in action. The circle is made using the inside of one of the embroidery hoops and a large radiator hose clamp (I'm not sure what they are called, but this is like a radiator hose clamp, but a large one. Would have been easier if we had 30 point Euro instead of 36 which is what we used. Locking up a circle and two pieces of type set at different angles (you can see the team name below the circle) seemed to require a lot of furniture. There is probably a way to do it with a bit more elegance, but it worked fine.

Above: The press with the 2 colors. The vertical gap between the circle and the quote is only about 4 or 5 picas. This allowed us to run the tape on the press to hold the paper to the cylinder while printing. We had to be careful to make sure the gap between the colors was right in the middle of the gap.

With the yoke removed from the oscillating roller the ink will tend to build up in lined of thick and thin ink. We talked about this on Stage 4 and Rest Day #1, which show the look and explain some of the details of this way of doing a rainbow roll.

Above: A frame taken from a video we took of the process giving you a better idea of how close the colors were to the type we were printing.