It’s the Giro della Toscana this week, and all over twitter, the riders have been talking about how the first two stages felt physically dangerous, with “surprise” cars in the road. This is the only .HC race on the women’s calendar, supposedly the highest-ranked stage race there is, so it’s especially bad to hear all these stories. This is important beyond women’s racing, because this is where the Worlds are taking place very soon. So, what’s been happening? And what can be done?
Thanks to everyone for sending in their nominations for riders who’ve blogged, tweeted and used social media at and about Giro Toscana – these are the first riders who are in the running for the real cash prizes in the Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey competition. This is the post in which we’ll be aggregating the nominations for this race, starting with those that have been submitted thus far. Each nomination includes the name of the rider and a link to the piece of social media for which they were nominated (e.g. blog, tweet, video, etc.). In the case of riders with multiple nominations we’ll include additional links under the one rider name (in order to keep things simple). And of course, there’s still time to nominate in the comments.
We’ll also be collecting nominations from riders at the Tour de l’Ardèche and the Brainwash Ladies Tour – if you’d like to nominate, the details are here. Nominations close on 13th September – and then we’ll open up the voting, so you can help choose the winners!
Before we dive right in, just a quick update on the fundraising. Thank you again for every contribution and sharing of this idea. We’ve now raised just over $1600 and still have a couple of weeks to go. So please don’t forget to keep up the great work in getting some buzz going about this and to encourage more people to help us create the coolest new award in pro cycling. 🙂
Alright, let’s get into the nominations. Remember to actually click through to make sure you see any photos or other details, this post is just a summary! Here we go (oh and these are in no particular order – or maybe they’re in alphabetical order by rider surname, it’s hard to say for sure):
Twitter is a tool that has revolutionised how we follow women’s cycling. It started with Liz Hatch, the early adopter, and (I think) the first to share race information with fans this way – and damn, we loved it! When HTC sponsored Highroad, and all the team got snazzy phones, we started to see the interactions between riders – and now it’s grown so much that twitter is the first place to go for information, and we can follow all the action as it happens on the road. So part 3 of this little series is on some of the riders I love to follow on twitter – and some tips, at the bottom, for how to use twitter to follow races. And as always, this is just a selection – I’ve already mentioned some of the best in my post on bloggers, and I’ve got plans for others later in this series – but if you think I’ve missed anyone out, be sure to tell me in the comments – or, of course, on twitter!