Posted by: cindystephenson | July 11, 2009

Following Pro Cyclists on Twitter

Stage 6 of the 2009 Tour de France - Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Chris Spagnuolo of the internet news site Mashable blogged earlier this year about professional cyclists on Twitter – besides Lance Armstrong.

His post, Pro Cycling on Twitter, is well worth a read – especially those of you who like me, are closely following the Tour de France.

Chris writes:

Some of the world’s top cycling professionals have taken to Tweeting on a regular basis. For the first time, cycling fans are getting the real skinny about the behind-the-scenes happenings of professional cyclists as they travel the world.

It’s not just the pedaling pros who are Twittering. Team managers, mechanics, coaches…they’re all getting into the act. We’re getting real-time updates from team cars as the races progress. And race organizers themselves are Tweeting information for fans attending the races on a regular basis: where to park, where to watch from, after race events, and much more.

In addition to individual Twitter handles, Chris includes some interesting personal vignettes and insights for each of the pro cyclists in his list.

Want more??

Carlton Reid is editor of the UK trade pub, BikeBiz and curator of an even more extensive list of cyclists on Twitter, which you may want to check out as well.

Photo credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

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Responses

  1. When watching the Tour de France this past July, I became aware of the number of pro cyclists on Twitter through blog posts like yours.

    There wasn’t an easy way to follow pro cyclists, teams and media, so I created an iPhone web app, named Tour de France Tweets, to collect all the Twitter feeds and present conversations between tweeters coherently where possible.

    After the Tour ended, people continued to use the app, so I made some adjustments and renamed it to Cycling Tweets.

    The web app is currently available at http://galacticheadquarters.com/tour

    • Thanks for the link – pretty cool app.

      I don’t have an iPhone, so I guess what I would do is bookmark your site and then during the tour go there to follow the tweets? Is that right?

  2. Thanks. Yes, you would bookmark the site and go there during the Tour to follow the tweets. I just added a few more riders this evening who are participating in the Vuelta a España, which is now underway.

    I think most iPhone web apps will work in ordinary web browsers, though the formatting might be a bit off, depending on the browser.


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