Podcast Episode 22 – For People Who Aren’t Sad, Geeky Dans

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)

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Podcast Episode 20 – Dan’s Shock Retirement

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)

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Social Media Jersey Winners, Rewards and dammit maths is hard!

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…

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The Social Media Jersey – a very quick update – and THANKYOU!!!!!

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!

 

Podcast Episode 18 – Rock the Vote!

Alright, this week’s exciting because we’ve kicked off the voting for the Social Media Jersey, but don’t worry, there’s still time for you to donate!

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)

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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:

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!

Evelyn Stevens‘ blog post, World peace and happy babies, on overcoming her case of Dutch Anxiety at the Brainwash Ladies Tour

Specialized-lululemon‘s plans to raise $10,000 for Right to Play in Rwanda – and their donations page linked to the World TTT Championships

Meredith Miller’s Pretty in Pink fundraiser for breast cancer – and how to buy her Pink is the new fast t-shirt

The startlist for the World Championships from VeloFocus, with links to all the riders’ twitters and blogs

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…

Bridie O’Donnell‘s excellent blog, Confession Week, on her grandfather, and realisations about herself and cycling.  It’s very powerful and honest

The Social Media Jersey – You only get ONE vote, use it wisely

It’s been an awesome journey to get to this point. Once again a huge thanks to everyone who has donated, tweeted, facebooked, YouTubed, podcasted, blogged, MySpaced, Friendstered, Craigslisted (is that even social media?) or whatevered this competition. It’s brilliant. Together we’ve already raised (at the time of writing) $2010 on the official count but of course, that’s going to change by the time you’re reading this.

We’ve seen some amazingly cool racing and we’ve seen some great use of social media. You can review the nominations for the Giro Toscana here, and for the Tour l’Ardèche and Ladies Brain Wash Tour here.

I greatly encourage you to review the nominations before casting your vote because you only get one vote.

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UPDATED!! Social Media Jersey nominations from l’Ardèche and Brainwash!

Yesterday Dan posted a list of the riders from the Giro Toscana who have been nominated to win real cash prizes in the Unofficial Unsanctioned Social Media Jersey – and we’ve already had nominations from riders in the Tour de l’Ardèche and the Brainwash Ladies Tour!  We’ll update this post as we get the nominations in, so keep checking back – and of course, if you see any social media from riders at any of the three races that you’d like to nominate – blogs, tweets, photos, videos, blogs on team sites, anything as long as it’s public – you can do so in the comments here, to me at @_pigeons_ or Dan at @entendered on twitter, or email us at prowomenscycling[at]gmail[dot]com.  There’s more information on the nominations process here.

Can you believe that the prize pot – donated by women’s cycling fans – is now up to $1,725?  All of that money (well, minus transfer fees!) will go to riders – so any small amount helps (the donation page is here) – and, of course, we’d love it if you could click through to the rider and team blogs and sites, so they can see that we all appreciate what they do!

UPDATE!!  You can vote for the winners in the Megapoll, here!

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