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Twitter abuzz as Namibia's Dan Craven 'live tweets' Olympic road race - while riding it

All wasn't quite as it seemed during yesterday's race - though he did get his rusks...

If you follow pro cyclists on Twitter, you’ll be used to seeing tweets on the morning of a big race, then nothing for a few hours, then more posts afterwards reflecting on how the day went. So Namibia’s Dan Craven caused a bit of a stir yesterday by apparently live-tweeting the Olympic road race – while riding in it.

The first tweets on the 33-year-old’s Twitter feed came not long after the 237.5-kilometre race started.

Some assumed, quite naturally, that Craven was tweeting from inside the race (though using a phone in competition would be against the rules).

The reply provided a plausible enough explanation.

The tweets carried on, including ones as the race passed over the cobbled section on the first of the two circuits that made up the route - and with a nod to strict Olympic rules regarding mentions of sponsors.

A couple of hours in, and the race was starting to take its toll, though spirits remained high – and the ‘likes’ and the retweets kept coming.

And then, a clue that all was not as it seemed.

The tweets continued, though.

Including one that revealed a Craven craving for a specific Namibian snack food.

The tweets, in fact, were Craven’s idea, but executed by his girlfriend, Collyn Ahart.

He got his rusks though.

The former Rapha-Condor-Sharp rider, by the way, was racing in a rather striking national kit created by the British clothing firm.

One final thought.



Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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tritecommentbot | 7 years ago

Cool as!

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