Tour de France Series

19 Jul 2011

If you've been around for a while you know that I am passionate about cycling. Keeping the "Flandrien" feeling alive you know. We have been spoiled so far this year with a rider like Philippe Gilbert. While I keep up with cycling the year around for many The Tour of France is the only race they watch.

Ode to the Tour de France

While I was on the hunt for items to add to the Inspiration Stream I came across this wonderful set of illustrations by Neil Stevens aka Crayonfire. For a cycling fan like me these combine two things that I am passionate about, namely illustrations and the passion for the bike. He uses a typical illustration style that I really love as if It's almost purely based on geometric shapes alone. The color palette is pleasing, and even though the illustrations are simplified to the bare essentials, Neil has a clear eye for detail. The subtle pattern textures totally finish it off and adds this extra mark on his illustration style. I'll let Neil explain the thinking behind these posters.

I will be showing an illustration for each stage of the event. I'll try to include some geographical features of the landscape of each stage the riders encounter and the relevant team colours of those winning the individual stages.

Each of these posters are available as prints in the Crayonfire Shop. There are three sizes to choose from. 500 x 700 mm, A3 (297 x 420 mm) and A4 (210 x 297 mm). All 21 stages of The Tour De France are available now. Maybe I'll buy one myself. Just need to figure out a place to put them.

These are the little design gems that make me a happy camper. Hope you enjoy the series as much as I did.


  1. 1 zytrax 20 Jul 2011

    I love it.

  2. 2 Jennie Routley 20 Jul 2011

    Thanks for showing us these! They are wonderful.  I too am a cycling fanatic graphic designer.  It seems to be quite common in us designers I am finding.

    I am very much a hill cyclist, the steeper the better :)  Then again I have to be as I live in the Yorkshire Dales.

  3. 3 Alex Kilgour 20 Jul 2011

    These would look well mint on my wall!

  4. 4 Marc Perel 20 Jul 2011

    These are very cool!

  5. 5 Bart Boudewijns 20 Jul 2011


  6. 6 Ebi Atawodi 20 Jul 2011

    Absolutely brilliant!

  7. 7 Leandro Rafael 22 Jul 2011

    I really like. Pretty cool.

  8. 8 Liz Stevens 22 Jul 2011

    Beautiful series, and well done!

  9. 9 Dennis Fees 25 Jul 2011

    Don’t you think it would be more climatic to put the individual time trial between the Pyrennes and the Alps. Imagine the attacking that would have taken place if Cadel Evans had entered the alps with a 2 minute lead over Andy, Frank and Alberto. I just think it is less sporting to have it all seem to come down to a contest against a stopwatch on the last day instead of riders, locked wheel to wheel, attacking each other and seeing who can respond.