Movies have The Oscars, of
course, and the Blogosphere at large has the Bloggies. But
for folks who blog about bikes and cycling-related matters, there
is no higher honor than the World Cycling
Blog Crank Honors List, hosted by the folks at lovingthebike.com.
We're stoked because for 2011, two of the six categories were
awarded to Airborne Flight Crew members.
Greg Rides Trails was in the running last year,
but was beat out in the end. This year Greg was able to come
out on top in the Mountain Bike Blog category.
At Greg Rides Trails, he is interested in sharing concrete
mountain biking information and instruction with you, and doesn't
get too deep into simple stories of where he rides or what he
crashed attempting to do the other day.
We are super happy to have added
the women's cycling blog category to this year's Crank Honors.
There are a bunch of great cycling blogs that focus on
promoting cycling to women and highlight all the great things
happening within it. This was another very close category, with
each of the top 5 blogs getting a lot of votes. Up until the last
day of voting,
That Messenger Chick looked like they were going to take the
category….but all of a sudden the fans of Bike Shop Girl came through
with force and allowed her to come out on top.
Congratulations to Bike Shop Girl on being the inaugural
winner of the Women's category of Crank Honors.
Shop Girl is about "Empowering the cyclist within you." Its
author Arleigh is a bicyclist, mechanic, bike fit guru, educator
and says she is learning every day.
Arleigh and Greg, congratulations to you both-- we couldn't be
prouder of you! As for the rest of the Flight Crew, we'd be remiss
if we didn't mention the excellent blogs from Flight Crew members
(in no particular order)
Wendy Davis (Sasha Pterovich),
Kevin Bonney, and
Dan "The Virginia Ripper" Lucas.
Kudos to MSNBC.com for
their feature article last week,
Growing Numbers of Bike Cafés Gear Up To Serve Cyclists.
And it's great that they started out in Seattle-quite possibly the
World's Most Caffeinated City.
But what would have been truly cool is if they'd mentioned our
absolute favorite: the 2nd Street Bike Stop
Café in St Charles, MO...owned and operated by Airborne Flight
Crew member Tony Caruso.
Not only are Tony & Company serving up coffee, pastries and
other good chow, they've created a bike culture magnet that draws
from the whole St Louis area.
Do you have a "bike culture magnet" in your town-a place where
cyclists (and just regular foloks who ride bicycles too) go to hang
out? It might be a bike shop, a coffee place, a street corner, you
name it. But whatever it is, use the Comments section to tell us