What a week! It’s the 1 year anniversary since we started saying dumb stuff on the internet! We talk social media jersey, Tour of California, harrassment, racing and all sorts of stuff. Not to be missed!
Well sort of. As it turned out, Sarah and I recorded this week’s podcast literally about an hour before the news about the Tour of Languedoc. Anyway, that’s all turned to 147 different shades of shit, so make sure to check out Sarah’s post to try and help us work out what the fuck’s going on over there. It’s a longer episode this week but that’s only because we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Pour yourselves a strong whisky (or whiskey!) and settle in. (1:15:32 MIN / 72.16 MB)
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Happy podcast birthday! We’re one year old today!
Things we talked about this week
The Tour of ChongMing Island World Cup
It’s been a great 2012 in the world of women’s cycling – and even more fun, for me, being able to share it with other fans. It’s lovely, being connected to this world, making friends, sharing things I love with other people who love it too.
If you missed it earlier, here are Dan’s and my highlights of the 2012 season, from our podcast – and actually, podcasting has been one of my personal highlights – especially our interviews with Amber Pierce and Helen Wyman – and another was the crazy, exciting, fun, bonkers project that was the Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey. Huge thanks, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who contributed, whether by giving money, nominating, voting or just sharing the project with other people.
And thanks to everyone who’s ever “liked”, re-blogged or re-tweeted anything on my women’s cycling tumblr or twitter, shared, commented on or just read anything on this blog. The interaction with people makes me happy – knowing that we can connect with each other, and through our own social media, and little initiatives, like the Jersey, or like Click Thru Thursdays (if you’ve missed that, check out Amber Pierce’s original post, and my post about it – as well as the twitter hashtag) we are doing our bit to promote and help the sport. I can’t wait to see what we come up with, together, next year!
Here’s to a fantastic 2013 to all the teams, riders and races who work so hard provide us with so much entertainment, and to the media – whether “home-made” or mainstream – and to all women’s cycling fans, wherever you are. May the new year bring you everything you want!
Thanks again, for everything
One of the fun things about sending out prizes for the Social Media Jersey has been hearing what riders are doing with the money. Whether it’s being put towards helping them travel to races, enabling them to have a lovely treat, or just going towards living costs, it’s made me really happy that all of us, working together, have made a little difference in the riders’ lives. And some of them have asked that we donate their prizes to causes close to their hearts – so I think it’s time for a second edition of cyclists (and a cyclist’s relative) raising money for charity – some Jersey winners and some not, but all great causes that I’m sure they’d love if you could support.
Emma Johansson is a long-term supporter of the Barncancer Fonden, a Swedish children’s cancer charity who run an annual fundraising bike ride through Sweden, the Ride of Hope. Emma is using her $300 Jersey prize to kickstart a campaign for this year’s Ride, and you can support it here. You might need google translate to help with the page, but it’s very easy indeed, and SUCH a good cause! Emma’s fundraising drive runs right through to next year’s Ride, ending on 31st August 2013. And yeah, I *am* thinking that cycling through Sweden for a great charity sounds like the perfect holiday!
Mark it down in your calendars kids! Today we received our very first photo of one of our Social Media Jersey prize winners with their prize. Sarah’s posted the general prize update here, so I won’t re-hash all that. What we will do is use this post as the place to post new photos as we get them. We may also add comments or quotes from the winners, or possibly make up stories (hint: the made up stories are italicised).
20/11/12 Here’s our overall winner, Emma Trott, wearing her Jersey!
Emma is the winningest winner we’ve ever had when it comes to the Social Media Jersey and we’re proud that she’s added such a prestigious award to her palmares at such an early age. Emma is also the youngest ever winner of the social media jersey, the best looking, the richest, the funniest, the smartest, the toothiest, the hairiest, the smelliest, the sweetest, the kindest, the most articulate, the Britishest, the fastest and the fury-est. Good job Emma!
— Emma Trott (@EmmaTrott1989) November 20, 2012
More below the jump!
It’s very exciting! We’ve sent out 10 of our 11 real cash prizes for the Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey, most of the certificates out, and are only waiting for a few more details before we’ve sent everything out – and once again, we have all of you to thank.
We thought you might want to see what the riders are receiving – all the 11 winners get a certificate:
and our fabulous overall Jersey prize winner, Emma Trott, gets a Jersey, too. This is in the post right now!
And here’s the back, with the Jersey sponsors’ names on it:
Isn’t that great? THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN!!!
We’ve asked the winners if they can take photos of themselves with the fabulous prizes, and anything we get, we’ll post here, so you can see them in real life. And if you want to remind yourself who won what, check out the prize post – and here’s the post that started it all… More to come very soon!
Sarah picks on my twitter habits and we manage to not talk about Rabobank for at least the first 5 minutes of the episode. Then we break the news/rumour that Garmin are looking to take over Rabo’s women’s team. Dan reads another piece submitted as part of the Social Media Jersey project, and Sarah provides a full update on where things are up to with distributing prizes. Also you can hear Sarah’s neighbours doing renovations!
(46:48MIN / 43.9MB)
Links to things we talked about this time:
First up this week we give an update on the winners of all our social media prizes and then launch into a recap of the women’s worlds road race. Dan has a shock announcement so you may want to make sure that you’re sitting down. He then takes a moment to explain Australian Rules Football to Sarah. We read our first reading request from a donor and take some time to discuss other social media cycling projects and how we’re seeing social media impact the sport in general, in particular looking at the #fanbackedwomensteam project and the Paul Kimmage defense fund. (45:22MIN / 41.2MB)
You can stream the episode by clicking here (or right-click, save-as to download).
Here are links about things we talked about today:
Hey there sexy people. I say sexy, because you’ve all contributed to creating the coolest and soon to be most-universally significant prize in cycling history. Well done to you all, through your promotion of our fundraising and competition you’ve helped us to raise over $3500 US to give back to a host of very deserving riders.
Basically you’re fucking awesome. So thanks!
In the end we had 30 nominees from our three races and a HEAP of cool blog posts, tweets, facebook updates, pictures and other social media stuff to wrap our heads around. Once the voting took off, it really took off. We had something like 4000 million votes on the first day. In the end I think everyone on earth voted at least twice. Or I’m making those stats up and the real number is more like 4605 (it actually is 4605). Point is, it was great and we had a lot of fun. We hope you did too. But the very best part is that we raised enough money to be able to award 11 prizes this year, which is really fucking cool.
Just to keep things tantalising (and to piss you off if you’re using an RSS reader) I’m going to announce our winners after the jump.
The 2012 (and first ever) Unofficial, Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey winner is…
Thanks so much to everyone who made the Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey so very, very successful! Together we raised a prize pot of $3,535 to be shared among the winners, we had nominations for 33 different rider’s tweets, blogs and videos, and an incredible 4,605 votes were cast.
We’ll be announcing the full prizes very shortly, once we’ve worked out currency conversion etc, but thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! Watch this space!
Among other highlights of the show, I don’t edit out my rant about haircuts, Sarah explains how a Frenchman discovers women can ride bikes and I give really bad job and relationship advice. We also talk about l’Ardeche and Brain Wash before previewing the worlds TTT and ITT favourites.
This one’s pretty fast and sweet. (39.08 MIN / 37.57 MB)
Click here to stream (or right-click, save-as to download).
Things we talk about this week:
Stef Wyman‘s post on Cyclismas, The role of fans in women’s cycling (This is the one that describes Sarah as “British Super Dooper Über Massive Huge Slightly Barmey Snarky Passionate Sweary Wicked Awesome fan”!) – and check out how Stef’s team, Matrix-Prendas, do social media, it’s a great website.
UPDATE! Stef’s since written a post on his vision of #fanbackedwomensteam – click through and read it!
Marijn de Vries‘ blogs from the Tour de l’Ardèche:
- Sometimes we’re not women, we’re just cyclists – with the awe of a male ex-pro, when he experienced women’s racing for the first time
- Whistle while you work – on wanting to punch a moto driver in the lips, find a gun, and put herself out of her misery
UPDATE! We didn’t talk about this, but check out former pro Christophe Edaleine, who was Marijn’s DS for the week, blogging from his point of view of l’Ardèche – the same story as in Marijn’s blog, but from the other side!
And finally, we didn’t talk about this, because we ran out of time, but we both really liked this, and recommend you read it…
What we’ve been talking about lately
- Podcast 2014 EXCLUSIVE Special Feature – Sarah Interviews Emma Pooley About Retirement
- Wow! Marianne Vos’ on-bike video from la Course by Le Tour de France
- If you loved La Course by Le Tour de France and want to see more live women’s cycling….
- Help support Specialized-lululemon – the Velocio Sports Project X
- Watch La Course by Le Tour de France, live!