Presents for women’s cycling fans – part 1

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve been thinking about things I’d love to receive in my Christmas stocking how to show all my friends how much I love them…  so here’s a selection of lovely things you can all buy me gift ideas for any women’s cycling fans in your life, for Christmas or any other reason.  I don’t know what the online equivalent of leaving a catalogue/advert lying covered in giant circles around what you’d most like to receive, as a super-subtle hint to your nearest-and-dearests, but feel free to do that with this!

I’m always on the look out for fun things, so if you see present ideas you think I should know about, leave me a comment, email me at prowomenscycling [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet me on @_Pigeons_.  I’ve had some great suggestions already on twitter, so I’ll put up another post next week with people’s recommendations.

Lovely post-ride massage oils

I love Simon Lamb’s Il Dolore oils, but my favourite is Rosa, his post-ride recovery oil.  Here’s the description:

A unique blend of six essential oils specifically selected to help physical restoration and mental balance. The completely natural ingredients, which include Arnica, Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile are also reputed to reduce swelling and inflammation and improve recovery from the muscle pains associated with cycling.

I’m allowed to say this, as I’m a girl, but those oils are very good for period-related fun – and I also love pouring this into the bath, and just mellowing out, because it smells SO good.  Plus Simon is a great guy, very generous and kind – the reason I blog about women’s cycling is because he asked me to guest-post on his old website, years ago – so I’m extra-happy to promote him.  But I’d never recommend you spend money on presents for me anything just because I like the person – this is bloody good, whoever made it!

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More cyclists raising money for good causes

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!

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Celebrating Social Media – part 2 – blogging on team websites

Yesterday, I told you about 6 of my favourite rider blogs – but while all of those riders have their own sites, I completely appreciate that others may not have the time or the resources to run their own sites, or be able to commit to blogging that regularly.  So part 2 in my social media series is dedicated to the teams who give space for cyclist blogs – and encourage their riders to keep us up-to-date with their lives!

There are two teams I think of straight away, for this category.  They’re very different kinds of teams, but they share a passion for involving their fans

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