Create daily. Don’t have any other measure of success other than making something you are happy and proud of, right now, and put it out there for the world to see. Do this for twenty years. Then, even if the world does not come to see, ask yourself if this made your soul grow. Did your art get better? Is it something you can point at and be proud of? I can guarantee the answer will be yes.

Patrick Rhone, Some Thoughts About Writing

This is true, and it’s also bullshit.

The thing that I love about road racing is the story. The stages are set. The riders line up. There are favourites at the beginning of every Tour. The ones who have won before, the ones who have come in second, the ones who have won another Grand Tour. But the story never happens like that. Great stories never do.

Something like this year happens, when weather and crashes eliminate those favourites, one-by-one. When the best sprinter left in the peloton can’t win on the line. When teams lose their leaders and the rookie finds himself in sight of podium. Now who’s racing to win?

Anyone who wants it enough.

This zine is the story of the 2010 Tour de France, written as it happened, in the early morning hours. Like all great stories, I didn’t know how good it would be when I started.

In 2010, I woke up way too early (Pacific Standard Time) to watch every stage of the Tour de France. I wrote something almost every day. This is a collection of the best. Contents include: Prologue, Stage 1, Sampler, Mountains, Sprints, Cav, Combatif, The Schlecks, Those Middle Stages, Bert, Champs-Élysées.

This is a zine I made about the 2010 Tour. July’s zine comes early because I actually wrote it four years ago. The Tour de France is on right now, so I put these short pieces together into a long zine. If you’ve ever wondered why I love this weirdo sport, this is a good place to start. Something to read on the Rest Day tomorrow.

It's not too late to celebrate International Zine Month!

1. Zines can be about anything (and everything).
2. Zines are short (or long, if you have that kind of patience).
3. Zines fit easily into regular size envelopes (no special supplies needed).
4. Zines are the perfect combination of words and pictures.
5. Zines are portable (they fit in a back pocket or bag).
6. Zines invite collaboration (Not an artist? Go find one).
7. Zines follow no rules (If you want to call it a zine, call it a zine).
8. Zines look good digital and analogue (on paper and onscreen).
9. Zines are colourful (Zinemakers, too!).
10. Zines are personal and direct (Don’t be afraid, just make).
11. Zines are easy to reread, so go celebrate Day 2 with a stack of your favourites!