I would like you to close your eyes for a brief moment and imagine yourself sitting at home on a beautiful Summer evening and… oh wait, you can’t really read this with your eyes closed now can you. Let’s try this again. So, now that I have already wasted this much of your time, maybe just imagine (with your eyes open this time) that you get a call from someone asking if you would like to visit the Tour de France and ride your bike for a few weeks with “American Cyclocross Legend Tim Johnson” (he prefers to be called that to just plain old “Tim”.) Now imagine that while chasing the TdF you will also be traveling through the French countryside in a fully restored vintage Mavic Service Course Vehicle from 1974. Now please imagine that you have never been to the Tour de France but you have dreamed about it for years and now someone is offering you a Willy Wonka sized golden ticket in the form of an all expense paid trip. Mavic asked us to fly into France around the 8th Stage and create some videos for social media purposes. The goal was to ride with Go Pro Cameras and capture the energy of the tour to make 4-5 videos in a little over a week. That meant we would need a real life video editor, so I made a call to my buddy Ace Carretero and the trifecta was complete!
Photos by Sean Talkington
Sean from Team Dream Team’s Full 36 sets are always worth a gander. This time it’s four rolls from the TdF, and it’s not your usual viewpoint. See the Full 130 at Sean’s Flickr!
Tim and Sean’s Tour de France coverage continues on Mt. Ventoux. Video compliments of the Sleepers!
I can’t even write an intro for this project, because Emi did such a great job with his. Emiliano is half of Manual for Speed and this summer, he’s bringing you a Tour de France Zine:
“OUI C’EST TOUT is a nod to Pierre Etaix’s Pays de Cocagne. Everyone should watch that immediately. My publication is a 20-page, 4-color, 2-D experience that will make you want to punch something while sippin’ on that Perri.
Sean from Team Dream is in France with Tim Johnson, driving around the TdF route in the vintage Mavic Service Course Vehicle… There will be daily updates, three of which I’ll post now below!
Who knew those inflatable arches collapsed so fast?
UK designers and illustrators Massif Central has a new poster, illustrating the Tour’s most coveted jersey for climbers: the polka dot. Head over to see more details on this great poster!
Photos by Jered and Ashley Gruber
The Grubers were at the Tour this year, documenting the monumental event. They did an exceptional job capturing the people and places that make the Tour such a unique race. See the full story at Strava.
This one’s interesting:
“Created for the grand depart of the Tour de France 2014 from Yorkshire, Ghost Peloton fuses performance cycling with athletic choreography performed by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s dancers, and the varied landscapes of race route.
Each rider, bike and performer was illuminated using NVA’s bespoke LED light suit, which can instantaneously change colour, flash-rate and luminosity. The rhythm of movement from the choreographed actions of massed participants becomes a source of creativity in itself, extending perception of the immediate setting.
It’s epic public art, operating at the grandest scale, where physical surroundings become an open canvas carrying a new visual language, expressing mood and movement, comprised of form, colour and line.”
I feel like we were just watching the Tour and already, there’s talk about the 2015 course.
This is a long one, but is worth the listen, so let it play and enjoy!
In an age where everyone wants to capture everything on their iPad, iPod, iPhone and GoPro, it’s easy to see why the pro cyclists of this year’s Tour were a bit disgruntled with all the selfie and video-hungry fans. Then again, it’s pretty rad that Kevin Reza actually picked up this Contour Roam and took it for a spin!
On July 22nd, at 8pm E.T., ESPN’s 30 for 30 takes a look at the 1986 Tour and the epic battle between Lemond and Hinault. I can’t wait for this one! See more information at ESPN.
I’ve been following Pedal Strike’s Instagram for a while. There’s something insanely unique about doing portraits of cycling’s icon in common condiments (Lance in BBQ sauce was awesome) that makes it addicting. Her recent Tour de France series is killing it!
In the spirit of the Tour, Ty at the Foot Down made a run of El Diablo prints and shirts.
“Didi Senft has been a regular fixture on the slopes of the greatest climbs of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia since 1993. More commonly known as El Diablo he appears dressed as the devil running and jumping alongside the riders and bringing an extra spark of excitement to any stage. Everyone loves Didi!”
Score one at the Foot Down.
I have these and they look so damn good… I even gave FYXO the Eyeshades, since I couldn’t pull them off.
So let me get this straight, rather than springing for tickets to the Tour this year, MFS sends:
“Manuel, an eight-pound miniature dachshund currently working toward obtain an online degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University from his home in Miami-Dade county.”
Whatever Manual for Speed is on, I need some of that…
“Three years ago Manuel quit his Courtroom Artist job of 35 years—the majority of which time he spent working in the Florida Supreme Court, and over the course of which tenure he won dozens of prestigious national and international awards for his art—to finally realize his dream of becoming the first Canine TV Correspondent for ABC’s Wide World of Sports.”
Head over to Manual for Speed for some very weird coverage from the Tour DAY France.
For the past few years, Jerome Daksiewicz has designed posters to celebrate the Tour de France and while that is by no means an original design, I’ve taken a liken to his work. Head over to Nomo Design to pick up this year’s infographic.