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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   1 7 :
          Digne-les-Bains > Pra-Loup / 161 km


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In 5 words :
  "We love the bearded ones"

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Start time today : 5:24am

Completed : 10:04pm

Time today : 16 hours : 40 minutes

Time to date : 316 hours : 2 minutes

Runs today: 5 - handrolled in blue and green for mountain name & altitude; dark grey and handrolled red for "Geschke" & beard; yellow for Froome; red for buzzing Bs, Tejay, tear & team name

Runs to date : 77

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The day's story

We had some fun with this poster. It was the first day this Tour without any collaborators.

It was another of those amazing days when someone who wasn't on anyone's radar just came out of obscurity for the win. We love those a lot.

Simon Geschke of Team Giant-Alpecin turned pro cyclist in 2008 and only has 3 wins on his résumé. On stage 16 he came in 4th which almost got him on the podium for the 17th time. You can almost always expect that a good day (even though there was a rest day in between) will bring a bad one next (regression to the norm) and just not having legs two days in a row. And to top it off this was a serious day in the Alps. It was also the highest attitude of this year's Tour at 2,250m (7,381 feet).

Like I said, this is what I love about the Tour de France. Riders can sometimes find a secret savings account of energy even they didn't know they had.

At the end of the stage riders were scattered all the way down the mountain. They were through the podium and people were still finishing.

You don't see full beards very often in the Tour. We surely noticed his. Jill did a nice job of drawing the mustache and beard under his name using the arrows we had made to represent riders, and as it turns out, beards. Last year we did a poster for a win by Marcel Kittel (on the same team as Geschke and they haven't had much to shout about in this year's tour until today) where we also used that year's arrows for Kittel's hair.

Froome was surrounded by annoying bees that kept trying to get ahead of him, but every time Froome reeled them back in. Here is a photo with Nairo Quintana taking a shot that didn't hit the target.

So, we included Froome's name surrounded by some annoying Bs.

The highest ranked American, Tejay van Garderen, withdrew because of some kind of illness so we dropped him off the bottom of the page. We liked Tejay and alway rooted for him. We will redirect our patriotic urges toward Andrew Talansky who is 33" short of the 10th place as the highest ranked American.

Alberto Contador (a 2-time winner of the Tour) and Vincenzo Nibali (last year's winner) are slowly riding or crashing their way out of this year's race. Back in 2013 the 1st and 2nd place winners were Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, who were both from the same team.

This year the top four spots are taken up by only 2 teams.

          Chris Froome / Team Sky 70h 31' 44"
          Nairo Quintana / Movistar Team - +3' 10"
          Alejandro Valverde / Movistar Team at 4' 09"
          Geraint Thomas / Team Sky at 6' 34"

You'll remember Thomas from that frightening crash on Stage 16 or it would be even tighter. He'll have to do a lot to catch up 2.5 minutes, but they are in the Alps with 3 brutal stages left.

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols

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

Profile of today's stage

Above: Getting the general layout so we could lock up the mountain name. Then we printed Geschke's name so we could make the 1 (his first stage win in the Tour), bump up the A in the mountain name. We turned that A upside down so we could get that spur tightly positioned with the altitude distance.

Above: We were going to print Geschke's name and beard separately, but decided to print them together. We added a bit of red to the beard (which has a good deal of red in it, but that doesn't show in his photo above).

Another important element to this lock-up is the way we locked up that block. We'll want to play with the idea a bit more, but just getting a corner in the right position and then using another piece of furniture (could just be the quoin) and voilà. Way easier than the way we would normally do it. The critical thing is that you need the other corners positioned very well and very tight.

Above: Shows Jill handrolling red to the beard. We did this right inline with the printing. Nothing special. It probably altered the dark grey a bit but not enough to notice.

Above: A nice view of Ray's and Tray's hands locking up the last run.

Above: The same photo as the one above it, but from a better angle to see what was happening.

Above: After printing the first print we decided we needed to raise Tejay's name by 18 points.

Above: The ink for the final run. Jill almost always mixes our inks and typically will put in these mall plastic cups we get from a local party supplies store. Then if there is some left over we just need to put a lid on it.

Above: The lid waiting to be used.

Above: The day's wood type which has been cleaned, but we will do it one more time. The handrolling can get ink down the sides of the wood type a bit and can show up on subsequent runs if we don't clean them really well.

Above: Letterpress is a great dad / son way to spend the day. Also a good way to spend a husband / wife day.