• Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks agoIn terms of south american

    In terms of south american races, I think the one that stands out is the Tour de San Luis which runs alongside TDU, and attracts some really big names

    Again Langkawai would be the obvious one

    The only problem with both of these is the extra riders teams that would need adding

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks agoI've really enjoyed the game

    I've really enjoyed the game so far (playing premium). Slight downers were the aforementioned squad-pickin' difficulty in the TdF (though it's made Murilo Fischer a damned site more famous than he would otherwise have been) and the odd bit of deadline confusion.

    As to the calendar, I'm happy to see flexibility on what's in/out, though I've generally enjoyed everything (And it was great to have the Strade Bianchi and Roma Maxima in there, two races I would've missed otherwise) - the scheduling and race choice has been pretty much spot on. If it were up to me, I'd like to see a race from Africa or South America, or even something like Langkawi - but I'm probably in a minority there.

    WHAT ABOUT ACTUAL SUGGESTIONS THEN?

    1. Another row of badges would be cool. 20k, zero points on a stage, TT stage win etc. and maybe one ridiculously hard-to-achieve one (like having all nine riders finish top ten). Maybe a Rule #5 badge for when two or more of your riders abandon a stage?

    2. As mentioned elsewhere, a women's race, an African race and a South American race would all be great.

    3. Can I make a vote *against* the captain idea? For example, in the US Pro challenge recently, everyone would've just made Peter Sagan captain and scored ridiculous amounts of points. But really, I've never liked the idea in Fantasy Football either.

    4. That's it. The mechanics of the game are great and work very well, and frankly I wouldn't change them at all.

  • Fantasy 'team' competition for 20141 year 9 weeks agoWould the 'teams' be picked

    Would the 'teams' be picked for us, or randomly selected?
    What happens if one or more of your team players stops playing fantasy cycling?
    Things to consider...

  • Eurobike 2013 preview: Predictions and trends1 year 9 weeks agoI'd love to see more in the

    I'd love to see more in the way of cargo and 'rely less on cars' bikes... for the same reasons as the first poster. My road and tri bike are as good as I'll ever need; certainly bar a serious crash my Plasma won't be going anywhere. I do however want to go to the supermarket, shops, see pals and take things with me, etc...and that's why I lust after a Surly Big Dummy now. I regret selling my Brompton too. More daily bikes please!

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agoenrique wrote:Gkam84 wrote:Is

    enrique wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    Is it still updating?...

    It's still updating... Is something wrong?... Or is it by design?...

    Nope, not by design, it was me. I did the scores and was closing down tab's on my browser that I was using and accidentally closed the updating tab, which sent the game into a jammed state, It should be sorted in just a moment.

    Sorry folks D Oh

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks agoBeing a new player since the

    Being a new player since the Giro, I've found the game dynamic to work really well, the inclusion of the badges is a nice touch and gives people something to aim for, but can see that once you've got them they lose their novelty a bit. So would really like some more badges to aim for, possibly some Grand Tour specific ones.
    Also like the idea of linking badges with jerseys. Being a budget cyclist I'm always desperate for freebies! Wink

    Don't think a double point captain would work. Or rather like not having captain picks dictate league position, as it so often does with the football.

    Overall really love this game, much better than fantasy football.

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agomsw wrote:Congratulating

    msw wrote:
    Congratulating myself for picking Stybar over Intxausti... Those 2 places will make all the difference.

    Heh heh... Had to (!) look it up... Good one! Wink

    146 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma - Quick-Step ,,
    147 TOSATTO Matteo Team Saxo-Tinkoff ,,
    148 INTXAUSTI Benat Movistar Team ,,

  • Vuelta Stage 3: Chris Horner becomes oldest Grand Tour stage winner, and oldest man to lead one of them1 year 9 weeks agoNothing suspicious about this

    Nothing suspicious about this win at all.
    Nothing.
    D Oh

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Is it still

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Is it still updating?...

    It's still updating... Is something wrong?... Or is it by design?...

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks agosm wrote:1. Mobile app. You

    sm wrote:
    1. Mobile app. You know it makes sense!

    Its in the works, I'm still working on a format before putting it to Dave and the Road.cc team, because it may cost a little to put together Nerd

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agoIs it still updating? It

    Is it still updating? It jammed up on me hours ago...I'll go check

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agoYep, it's getting a bit late

    Yep, it's getting a bit late now. Hope I can find a few mins tomorrow am to pick the team! (Still upset that Bos let me down in my Purist team!)

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins: Cycle helmets should be compulsory, and iPods banned while riding bike1 year 9 weeks agoI am very much in the 'leave

    I am very much in the 'leave it to the individual' camp.

    I do regularly wear a lightweight LAS road helmet when I'm road cycling at speed but as a motorcyclist I know cycling helmets will not afford me anywhere near the protection of my Kevlar composite fullface Shoei motorbike helmet. In fact my LAS is a total waste of time compared to the bullet and bombproof Shoei. However, I don't sweat on my Kawasaki so a heavy helmet is not a problem but on a bicycle a heavy helmet would be ridiculously hot. I wear my LAS just in case, cos you never know. Totally bogus reasons really though it does look nice.

    So what protection do I get from my LAS cycle helmet? Well, I've no idea. There is no data available of impact tests for cycle helmets as there are for motorbike helmets. What I can say is that I feel safer with a helmet on so I ride faster and more confident, taking greater risks, especially on downhill sections.

    Riding down a steep hill on my road bike at 40mph or so is so much more exhilerating & scary than the same speed on my Kawasaki. I know that falling off at 40mph will hurt on either machine, but unless I hit something or tumble head over heels, my head probably won't hit the road too much and so won't require much impact protection. It will require some that's for sure so wearing my LAS to avoid grinding bits of my skull off is probably the main aim.

    The reality is that I tend to cycle in the range of 10 - 25 mph and that is within the range we humans run at so I don't believe, at these speeds, helmets are essential protection. If I fall over whilst running down a hill it will hurt and I may bash my head but I'd have to be pretty unlucky (or stupid for running down the hill so fast) to sutain any more than a minor injury. How many runners die from falling over?

    The occasions I ride above 30mph are so infrequent (never, when I'm simply commuting on the flat or bimbling around town) that the benefit of wearing a helmet is very limited at best and wholly ineffective at worse. For this reason helmets on bicycles should remain a recommendation but should not be compulsory. As far as being hit by a van is concerned there is enough evidence to show that impact levels from vehicle collisions are too high for current cycle helmets to be effective. How do I know this? Well, motorcycle helmets don't protect the wearer in these situations unless the person is very lucky and so a lighter weight cycle helmet would be useless.

    Until helmet manufacturers can produce a cycle helmet with the high level of ventilation required for practical sporting use and the same level of protection that a motorcycle helmet affords any suggestion that cycling helmets should be compulsory will be unjustified.

  • Fantasy 'team' competition for 20141 year 9 weeks agoI'm down for anything dude,

    I'm down for anything dude, love all the extra side comps, 3 spaniards etc, just adds another bit of spice to it.
    Think 5 players is a nice amount per team.
    Spose that would mean another new badge as well, Winning Team Comp

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks agoAgree to a degree with Gkam

    Agree to a degree with Gkam on the number of races, my take is that its should be the WT races + Tour of Britain, the two American races, a couple of the early races where is a big gap (tour of med, tour of algarve) + a couple of the bigger 2nd tier classics.

    As for the rest, more badges would be good to keep interest throughout the year.

    In the main I think it has worked pretty well, and after the classics blip has been pretty much smooth sailing

  • WTD : Genesis Croix De Fer 60cm1 year 9 weeks agoI actually saw one in my LBS,

    I actually saw one in my LBS, Future Cycles in Leicester town center. Worth a try? Not sure on size though but looked in good nick!

  • Fantasy 'team' competition for 20141 year 9 weeks agoWell as I can't get away to

    Well as I can't get away to watch the tdf next year......I'm in although not sure who would pick me so perhaps make it a lottery type affair to pick the teams with say top 5 in fs league as next years captains to mix it up?

  • Fantasy 'team' competition for 20141 year 9 weeks agoIm up for this

    Im up for this

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agoCongratulating myself for

    Congratulating myself for picking Stybar over Intxausti at the last minute. Those 2 places will make all the difference.

  • Vuelta Stage 3: Chris Horner becomes oldest Grand Tour stage winner, and oldest man to lead one of them1 year 9 weeks agoBless the guy, he actually

    Bless the guy, he actually looks like he's about to turn 52 (at which point presumably he'll grow a goatee and start brewing illicit blue EPO in an RV somewhere in New Mexico).

  • Eurobike 2013 preview: Predictions and trends1 year 9 weeks agoI can tell you what I'd like

    I can tell you what I'd like to see (but won't) - some genuinely well-priced, attractive bikes with smooth-running belt-drive & hub gear set ups.

    If you step back from the bike world for a moment and think - "what bit of this machine would be the best part to improve for 95+% of riders?", the answer would be (along with puncture-proof tyres) the chain and gearing. It's the highest maintenance part of the whole shebang, and the part most prone to failure. Why can't we accept that for the most part, most people don't need 18 or twenty gears? Folk don't drive to work or the shops or whatever in formula one cars, so why are we all so keen to bag a pro-standard machine? Simple answer is because that's the business model of the big manufacturers and it's not in their interests to change it.

    So, instead of of actual practical improvements to this wonderful machine we all love, we get more superfluous claptrap about disc brakes and 'gravel bikes' (especially hilarious, that one). And marketing departments work hard to make sure you carry on thinking that you really need the same bike for your sportive or club run that Fabian Cancellara uses for Paris-Roubaix - like it'll genuinely make that much difference.

    As a person who works in marketing, I apologise on behalf of my profession.

    Devil Devil Devil

  • STRAVA Cycling Study1 year 9 weeks agoalisonmwill wrote:I'd like to

    alisonmwill wrote:
    I'd like to think my masters dissertation will be a bit more complex Wink.

    That is one aspect I am assessing, peoples *perceptions* of safety. But there's a fairly strong focus on privacy and social elements which I am actually more curious about!

    There's an interesting point here - I didn't feel that strongly about sharing (or otherwise) my rides, BUT that's solely because I use the exclusion zones feature, so worry less about it. Perhaps I should have chosen 'very concerned'...

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agolivestrongnick wrote:ummmm is

    livestrongnick wrote:
    ummmm is the game gonna be updating for much longer?

    Aye, a need my beauty sleep and busy all day tomorrow.

  • Fantasy 'team' competition for 20141 year 9 weeks agoOh, and based on Ghedebrav's

    Oh, and based on Ghedebrav's terminology I'd possibly suggest two rules on selection:

    1. Every player in a team must feature in the squad for at least one race
    2. Every player must be left out of the squad for at least one race

    That means that everyone gets to be in the squad for at least one race and nobody can be included throughout meaning you have to tactically choose when to pick/drop your players.

  • Vuelta - Stage 31 year 9 weeks agoHave been updating a couple

    Have been updating a couple of hours now, at least.. Must be something wrong with the site.