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Friday, July 26, 2013

#tdf133 Winners

Wow. The voters have spoken.

1st:

Stage 15

2nd:

Stage 1

3rd:
Stage 7

And tied for 4th:

Stage 9


Stage 12
The voting prize goes to @mickgordon19

I'll be in touch with you creative types in the next few days regarding your prizes!

I also can not thank the following sponsors enough:

Just a reminder of the poet's prizes again from our kind sponsors:



Photographer Balint Hamvas has chipped in three of his books!! Check out a review of his 2012/13 Cyclocross book here and order yourself one here.



Bicycling Australia Magazine have kindly contributed a 12 month subscription.








The boys at the Velocast - pro cycling podcasting at if not its best, its most Scottish - are kicking in access to their premium shows for the rest of 2013. 

 














Cyclismas are kicking in a jersey - check it out on a bike on their site here . They also may be offering some other swag but more details later. 


And  Mr Cycling World for all the generous goodies in the Oz Cup for the #tdf133!!




So the #tdf133 is over for another year. Let me know if you guys want to do this for Paris Roubaix and Tour of Flanders. Also, send me any feedback to improve #tdf133.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

#tdf133 Finalists and Voting

It's that time again! The final. Now all 21 finalists have been confirmed. It's time for people to vote for their favourite top four tweets (refer to them by stage if that's easier) ranking them 1-4 in the comments section below using your twitter handle or url, or email me at tourdecouch@gmail.com  

By voting, you will be in the running for a $50 (or equivalent-ish) Amazon online gift voucher to spend on all those cycling books you've always had to buy but didn't have the cash. Voting ends 8pm,25 July 2013 Australian Eastern Standard Time. without further ado, the final 21:

Stage 1

Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

Stage 8

Stage 9

Stage 10

Stage 11

Stage 12

Stage 13

Stage 14

Stage 15

Stage 16

Stage 17

Stage 18

Stage 19

Stage 20

Stage 21

Just a reminder of the poet's prizes again from our kind sponsors:



Photographer Balint Hamvas has chipped in three of his books!! Check out a review of his 2012/13 Cyclocross book here and order yourself one here.



Bicycling Australia Magazine have kindly contributed a 12 month subscription.








The boys at the Velocast - pro cycling podcasting at if not its best, its most Scottish - are kicking in access to their premium shows for the rest of 2013. 

 














Cyclismas are kicking in a jersey - check it out on a bike on their site here . They also may be offering some other swag but more details later. 


And once more a HUGE THANKYOU to Mr Cycling World for all the generous goodies in the Oz Cup for the #tdf133!! o

Monday, July 22, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 21 Results


Winner
Podium


Winner of Oz Cup
His wife would've beat him with her excellent haiku, but his summed up the stage....I'll let them fight it out though:
Justin also did this:
So that's the last stage run and won then hey?

Dry your eyes on more poetry - finalists and voting details on the blog tomorrow!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 20 Results


Overall Stage Winner:
Honourable Mentions:

Oz Cup

Friday, July 19, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 18 Results


I'm feeling dreadful so making this quick:

Overall Winner:

Pips this one just

And this one:


Oz Cup Winner


Closely followed by:

Sexist Cycling





So I’m just a twelve year old girl. But my opinion still matters and I deserve to be heard.

I’m a fan of cycling. Simon Gerrans, Cadel Evans, Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. I’ve heard about all that stuff and I’m a big fan. But today my dad has taught me something very shocking. So apparently women aren’t allowed to race the Tour de France?

Apparently, women aren’t as good and strong as men. But people are forgetting one thing. People are trying to get kids into cycling, right? But they forget: 50% of kids are girls. And if girls can’t see female cyclists on T.V. as much as the men, or hear cool news about them like we do with the men, well, I’m just going to say, "Screw cycling!" "I don’t want to become a cyclist when I’m older if I’m not going to be treated like an equal!" What kind of person wants to be treated like they’re inferior? Like they don’t matter as much as other people?

As a kid, I’ve had a taste of that feeling, and I do not want it when I’m older. Cycling used to be about fun. About being free. Feeling the wind go past you as you know nothing can worry you. You’re free.

Not anymore. How can you feel like you’re free when you’re being mistreated? How can you feel free when you’re not free? No one can be free when they aren’t being given equal rights. I thought our world had moved on from that sexist-against-women era.

But we’re still the same old people. So if women aren’t given equal rights, unemployed men should just go off and get a job. Because women can’t work. They have to cook, clean, and look after the kids while the men go off to work. We all agree that’s just plain stupid, right?

Then why not give women equal rights? Which brings me back to my original point: if women’s cycling get more publicity, more girls will want to become cyclists. Also, with more publicity, they will get more sponsors and stuff, so there will be more money to pay the female cyclists, which will attract more people to join. See?

Women need equal rights. And they can get it. If you let them try. I will continue to support women’s cycling, no matter what, especially my favourites, such as Bridie O’Donnell and Rochelle Gilmore, along with her whole team full of girls, the Wiggle Team. I hope you can help to raise awareness of this issue and help support it with me.

Guest blog post by, Kayla Beaconsfield










Thursday, July 18, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 17 Wrap

This comp is about the poetry - or the bastardisation of Shakespeare!! - and not who's gone before. So James, you've done it again. Just pipping out @sansenmag.

You guys are killing me!! But in a good way!




Oz Cup Winner

And here's a former winner of an Oz Cup stage, @number86 strutting his prize from @mrcyclingworld  Matt said "Thanks for the gloves I'm an award winning poet. :)"

Media preview

#tdf133 Stage 16 Results

I was nearly going to give it to @RabAusten (see below) again but something about this one spoke to me right at the last minute:

Other Notables:


Oz Cup Winner
And again, a killer tweet from #tdf1sponsor Lesli Cohen:



Monday, July 15, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 15 Results


Well, looks like some of you have been sleeping on a volcano in the #tdf133 off season, working your butts off* coz you're nailing this comp.

Which makes it a hard job picking a winner for that one! But without further ado:
Podium getters


Oz Cup Winner for the daily Mr Cycling World Prize is:
Runner Up


New to the site and don't know what the #TDF133 is? Click here?


And don't forget to check out the #tdf133 sponsors:

Online cycling gear and accessories retailer Mr Cycling World, offering a daily prize for the best Oz tweeter each day.








Photographer Balint Hamvas has chipped in three of his books!! Check out a review of his 2012/13 Cyclocross book here and order yourself one here.



Bicycling Australia Magazine have kindly contributed a 12 month subscription.








The boys at the Velocast - pro cycling podcasting at if not its best, its most Scottish - are kicking in access to their premium shows for the rest of 2013. 

 













Cyclismas are kicking in a jersey - check it out on a bike on their site here . They also may be offering some other swag but more details later
 
 
 
(*scroll down to Froome's last comment in Transcript) 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 14 Results


Overall winner for his beautiful homage to the boss:


A great song off a great album, fitting of Le Tour and the riders.  The music soundtrack troll - #trolldj for Australian Tour broadcaster SBS would be proud!!

Oz Cup Winner:


Get your tweets in folks - Ventoux gonna rock you!!

Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet!

New to the site and don't know what the #TDF133 is? Click here?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 13 Wrap


The winner is:
Just beautiful.

And the podium getters:


Oz Cup Winner

Friday, July 12, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 12 Wrap

So many good entries. Hard to pick a winner.

But this one jumped out from the bunch:

Another win for James.

Oz Cup Winner:

Again, I'm having health issues so will do a HUGE post of honourable mentions tomorrow from today and the past few days. Sorry guys.

What a great tour so far, hey?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

#tdf133 Stages 10 and 11 Wrap

Sorry this is late folks.

Stage 10

Winner:


Closely beats out:


And:

Oz Cup Winner:

Stage 11:

Winner:
Closely beats out:
and




Oz Cup Winner:

Seriously, these two stages produced some great entries. I am going to do a separate honourable mentions post when I'm feeling better. Great work guys.

Monday, July 8, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 9 Wrap


So, who didn't enjoy last night's stage? Anybody? Bueller?

Looks like some of you had fun with the comp too.

Overall stage winner is:
A very close second...it was the bit about Dan's Dad wot won it, but James' use of Begorrah and Bigorre...nice!!!

Oz Cup winner:
Honourable mentions:






And again from Lesli, from Cyclismas:





Don't forget to check out the #tdf133 sponsors:

Online cycling gear and accessories retailer Mr Cycling World, offering a daily prize for the best Oz tweeter each day.








Photographer Balint Hamvas has chipped in three of his books!! Check out a review of his 2012/13 Cyclocross book here and order yourself one here.



Bicycling Australia Magazine have kindly contributed a 12 month subscription.








The boys at the Velocast - pro cycling podcasting at if not its best, its most Scottish - are kicking in access to their premium shows for the rest of 2013. 

 













Cyclismas are kicking in a jersey - check it out on a bike on their site here . They also may be offering some other swag but more details later. 


Sunday, July 7, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 8 Wrap

Well, there was certainly a lot of talk about last night's stage. The Tour - the gift that keeps on giving.

And here's what the #tdf133'ers had to say about it.

Winner:

Oz Cup Winner:


Honourable mentions:

And this is just funny



Saturday, July 6, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 7


He's been threatening to win a stage and he's nabbed Stage 7

Oz Cup winner:
Honourable Mentions:










Don't know what the #tdf133 is about? More details here 

More information here about the Oz Cup part of the #tdf133

#tdf133 Stage 6 Wrap



And the overall winner of the stage was again also the winner of the Oz Cup.


A close second
And a close third


Honourable mentions



Thursday, July 4, 2013

@tdf133 Stage 5

Apparently @brassyn had already bagsied no vowels for Cav's first win straight after the launch of Cav's no vowel brand "fst as fck?" (yes, the as has a vowel, but ssshhh noone tell his branding company) Well, she was too late off the blocks for it which she acknowledged with this tweet:

"I've gone a bit Andre Greipel on this one today, not quite fast enough."

But overall stage winner today is:

@jasenthorpe
Kng flckd; 
D Gndt pwrs brk; 
Tny Mrtn hmmrs; 
hdbngrs cght; 
#Cvndsh blsts thrgh jmbld bnch, 
rstrs prdctblty, 
cptrs #tdf stg 5

But they're all awfully good guys....why did I start this comp..I love yous all!!! And @cyclismaseditor goes
and sponsors the comp with a jersey so she can't win anything. Check out her entries under the competition hashtag. 

Other closies:

@RodIsBike
A taste of Marseille... 11min break. 
The win cannot take. 
As Bouillabaisse fish. 
Speeds up Cavendish. #appetite 

@luke0411 
After struggling in four stages, 
Chvnl lead the chase for Cvndsh. 
The Brit slayed them all with his aero dagger.

Nearly there guys for your stage win - it will happen!

Special mention goes to Velonation's own @ssbike who was pretty much first off the blocks with the no vowel thing:

Sprntng qckst, Cvndsh wns stg fve n Mrsll nd tks 24th Tr d Frnc stg

Thanks for the entry!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 4

The winner of the overall stage is again also the winner of the Oz Cup (Best Aussie Tweeter each stage). No I'm not lazy, it just tickled my fancy in more ways than one.

@annedisney888
GreenEdge go from red faces to yellow jersey! 
Torture for Ted & Thomas. 
Lotto not lucky. Garmin not sharp. 
Sky had a marginal loss.

But these all tickled my fancy in one way or another:

@grahamwkidd
OGE stun the world
but not themselves
to steal Nice TT Trial
off boys in Argyle
A Victorious Victorian
Glows in Yellow

@RodIsBike
Nice was full of Yorkshire. Cragg Vale Corner did embolden.
But today its Orica Yellow Edge. As Gerrans proves he's golden

@jasenthorpe 
Hors delais?/Who's to say?/le Tour gets fucked-er, day-by-day/Let 'em play. #reinstaTed

@luke0411
Orica Greenedge killed the favorites. 
Meanwhile, the jury may have killed King and hurt themselves

@edgariglesias 
Tony Martin and Geraint Thomas going fast in moto,
never GiveUp their motto.
Seems like Orica change bus by a Nice train.

@Ben_M_Berry 
GreenEdge makes news with its train instead of its bus, 
while HDing Ted King causes an internet fuss


I ran out of time to get the Oz ones to Bridie today.

Don't know what the #tdf133 is about? More details here


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

#tdf133 - Stage 3

Today's overall winner of Stage 3 was also judged the best Oz Tweeter of Stage 3. Congratulations - a place in the final and a goodie!!

@Neil_in_Oz 
Hearts raced as Clarkey soared & quickly crushed as Rolland roared. 
Deflation's short, elation's high, Gerro's our guy

Runner up

@RabAusten
High hopes for Chava, till he caught the pox from Europcar. 
Gerrans takes the team train, rather than the bus, to (w)edge out Sagan


Thanks Bridie for helping out with judging for both the overall and the Oz tweeter today!

Don't know what #tdf133 is about? Find out here.


Monday, July 1, 2013

#tdf133 Stage 2 and Oz Tweeter Prizes for Stage 1 and 2


The winner is:

@Brassyn
No bus required: today's finish line jammed to the gantry with Bakelant's joy & the fans' delight

Narrowly beating:
@RodIsBike
You wait all day for a bus then two Leopards trek up. Phil n Paul cheer Irizar to victory by er oops Bakelants

Stage 2 produced too many honourable mentions to mention....look at the #tdf133 hashtag for more tasty morsels.

This one I will mention coz Lesli Cohen aka @cyclismaseditor from sponsor Cyclismas, a winner of a prize in this comp's early years, is still competing for the fun of it and like other years, she's killing it. I mention it for the poetry, man:

@CyclismasEditor
As the bunch breathed down to bust Bakelant's break, confusion reigned and the media showed how a Leopard can change his spots

I'd also like to mention @edgariglesias for a follow because English is his second language and he's coming up with some witty ones too.


Best Oz Tweeters

Stage 1 
@decobroad
The boat flew. The bus? Not. The mediterrenean shags regardless

Stage 2
@grahamwkidd
When Froome did Zoom, The Gods did Swoon, The Ajaccio 9 dig in hard, And Belgie Jan sing the Bards, Now on the morrow Jens rides 4 Jaune. 

Stage 3 tonight - no flat sections, gotta be good for material.  Get tweeting everyone!!

Don't know what #tdf133 is about? Find out here.

The #tdf133 Oz Cup

Online retailer of cycling gear and bike accessories, Mr Cycling World has donated a bunch of goodies to #tdf133. The best #tdf133 entry by an Aussie tweeter for each stage,judged by Bridie O’Donnell, will pick up one of the following goodies from Mr Cycling World:

COLNAGO Oversocks / Shoe Covers

Colnago Shoe Covers



2-in-1 Windstopper Beanie/Neck Warmer (red/white)


Race Essential Gloves - White



Thank you very much Mr Cycling World!!!

First time here and you don't know what #tdf133 is? Check details here.