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Studio projects Sunday July 17 2016 10:11 pm

July 17 / Stage 15 / Majka and Col du Colombier

We’ve been looking for a good reason to use both of the Tour de Lead Graffiti posters we’ve highlighted today.

Rafael Majka won major “King of the Mountains” points over the tops of the final 2 of 7 categorized climbs (actually there were 11 climbs with something like 15,000 feet of climbing) even though he couldn’t pull off the stage win.

A breakaway that started with nearly 30 riders slowly came apart until there was Majka and
Jarlinson Pantano fighting it out and both coming in with the same time.

Click on the image to see the original story of that poster.
From there can link to a larger image of the poster.

Collaborators were Kieran and Hendrik-Jan Francke. H-J did our website for us and Kieran (who did a poster for all 5 years) was his then 12-year-old son.

For the circles we looked everwhere in our local Home Depot. Eventually we settled on using a 3.875″ circle die we had, cutting the circles out of book board, and printing from them.

The major out-of-category climb of the day was the Col du Grand Colmbier which we highlighted on our Stage 10 poster in 2012. Look at the view of the road, which winds up the edge of two facets of the mountain.

This year they actually rode up Colombier and down to the bottom, rode over to another ascent road and did it again from a different side. They didn’t go quite all the way to the top the second time, but it was a major climb nonetheless.

We loved doing the type illustrating the switchbacks with subtle curves to the type. This poster was a lot of fun to do. Circles are gut out of oak dowel.

Stage 11 / Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012

Click on the image to see the original story of that poster.
From there can link to a larger image of the poster.

Col du Grand Colombier

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