Podium Cafe VDS

by drheaton   February 10, 2014  

Hello,

 

At the end of last year I said I'd be setting up an off-site league in one of the other bigger fantasy games.  The game is the Podium Cafe VDS and it is a year long squad based game.  You get a budget, pick a squad based on a set of rules then that's it.  No transfers, no picking teams, nothing.  You just have to trust your guys to go out and get you some points.

The game runs across both women's and men's racing the calendar is very extensive covering everything from Grand Tours to national championships.

An intro to the game can be found here - http://www.podiumcafe.com/2014/2/3/5370538/fsa-directeur-sportif-2014-starts-now

And the game itself is here - http://pdcvds.com/

League's don't seem to work too well so if anyone else is interested in competing we'll need to add each other to our own personal leagues, that means if you 're in you need to post your DS name and team name in this thread.  I'll keep track of the results through the year.

My details are:- DS name - drheaton Men's team - Mostly Hopeless Women's team - Right-handed OuOuOranges

Competitors: (DS - Men's Team - Women's Team)
TERatcliffe26 - TERatcliffe26
shutuplegs - Avengers:Age of Nick! - Ladies 1st
The Domestique - The Domestique
raysilvester1 - Big Rays Riders
Ghedebrav - Voodoo All Stars
Twybaydos - Topsport Torquay - Topsport Torquay Femennile
chiv30 - Carbon crutches and epo
Pure fantasy - Pure fantasy - Pure fantasy women

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Results after the Brabant. By the way, Dux 89 (Dane) also has a VDS team and I have added him to the league.

Men -
1. Twybaydos Topsport Torquay 4515
2. Dane C - Velohuman Pro Cycling 4318
3.(2) Ghedebrav Voodoo All Stars 3345
4.(3) Pure fantasy Pure fantasy 3220
5.(6) drheaton Mostly Hopeless 2890
6.(4) raysilvester1 Big Rays Riders 2872
7. The Domestique The Domestique 2674
8.(5). TERatcliffe26 TERatcliffe26 2649
9.(8). chiv30 carbon crutches and epo 1789
10.(9) shutuplegs Avengers:Age of Nick! 1747

Women
1. Twybaydos Topsport Torquay Femennile 4472
2. shutuplegs Ladies 1st 3265
3. Ghedebrav Voodoo All Stars 3116
4. Pure fantasy Pure fantasy women 2303
5. drheaton Right-handed OuOuOranges 2277
6. TERatcliffe26 TERatcliffe26 1835
7. The Domestique The Domestique 920

Combined (a count-back of overall place in each game rather than total score):
1. Twybaydos 39
2. Ghedebrav 194
3= PureFantasy 320
3=(4) shutuplegs 320
5. drheaton 368
6.TERatcliffe26 410
7. The Domestique 453

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
16th April 2014 - 21:46

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Hi everyone! Glad to join the party!

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
16th April 2014 - 22:20

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Well with Vanendert, Gerrans and hopefully Matthews I've finally dragged my self off the bottom Silly

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
20th April 2014 - 16:22

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Rigoberto Uran not riding these races is bombing my Podium Cafe team. Too many points for no results.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
21st April 2014 - 18:41

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Dux89 wrote:
Rigoberto Uran not riding these races is bombing my Podium Cafe team. Too many points for no results.

Agreed! And I've got Porte as well!

posted by Alan Tullett [1457 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 23:14

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Alan Tullett wrote:
ray silvester wrote:
Alan Tullett wrote:
Uran, Porte, Nieve, TvG, Atapuma, G Bennett, Rolland.

Not playing premium this year but this game gives me plenty of interest especially after an unexpectedly good MSR. Not a bad purist team really.

Part of me wishes I'd picked Contador now but I went for a young clean (I hope) team and as it wasn't oriented to the classics I'm pleased with my start but can't see TvG matching Contador somehow (and they both cost 16).

But if Swift and Lobato do well that would help a lot, especially as very few have Lobato I reckon.

I've got Lobato....top scorer on my team so far....and being widely touted as the premier Spanish sprinter now(surpassing Rojas I guess?)


Ah yes. I've looked at your team now. Lobato top for me as well with Kwia and then Swift. You should catch me up soon if Boonen goes as well as expected. I think I've got more GC guys though!

Good game actually. I saw something about it on the forum last year but was too late to do anything. Only saw a thread about it on the 27th and put in my team the next day. Gives some interest to nearly every race. Hoping for Hofland, D van Poppel, Trentin and Wynants for the Belgian races and got plenty of people for this one although nothing for today.

Let's hope Gerrans gets better soon. Hoping for something in the Ardennes from him.

180 so far. Let's hope for some more tomorrow and Sunday!

posted by Alan Tullett [1457 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 23:17

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Gerrans wins!!
1st and 3rd.

posted by Alan Tullett [1457 posts]
27th April 2014 - 16:03

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Ditto! Finally, Gerrans starting to rack up some points.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
27th April 2014 - 16:13

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510 for me nice one Gerrans Applause

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
27th April 2014 - 16:35

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Decent Giro team for me

Uran,Bouhanni,Nizzolo,Degendt,Malori,Rolland,Cunego,Golas,Monfort,Haas

posted by ray silvester [1855 posts]
5th May 2014 - 9:04

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Think i'm mildly happy with my Giro team Big Grin

Damiano Cunego, Marcel Kittel, Michael Matthews, Nairo Quintana, Roberto Ferrari, Tobias Ludvigsson

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
5th May 2014 - 10:38

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Would be really great if Uran finally delivered for all those points.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
6th May 2014 - 16:14

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Dux89 wrote:
Would be really great if Uran finally delivered for all those points.

Ditto!
Got Swift, Rolland, Amador and Haas as well. But no Porte, my big mistake! Crying

posted by Alan Tullett [1457 posts]
6th May 2014 - 21:11

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Pozzovivo, Kelderman, Zoidl, Arredondo and Geniez for me. Not many riders but all of those in it could be interesting for me

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
10th May 2014 - 1:28

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Nice one Mr Kittel

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
10th May 2014 - 22:51

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Complete bust for me at the giro today. (more geared to overall with J-Rod and Pozz, and outside potential from Basso, Monfort, Geniez, Zoidl, Arredondo. Only Colbrelli that could do something on flatter stages)

Just need Demare to hold on to the overall at 4JDD though

As for my women, Vos looks like she is gonna pull me back into contention and make her selection worth it

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3991 posts]
10th May 2014 - 23:09

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Alan Tullett wrote:
Dux89 wrote:
Would be really great if Uran finally delivered for all those points.

Ditto!
Got Swift, Rolland, Amador and Haas as well. But no Porte, my big mistake! Crying

Yeah.....Uran would be nice for me too....plus a sprints jersey for Bouhanni perhaps?

posted by ray silvester [1855 posts]
25th May 2014 - 12:40

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I haven't updated this for a while as things weren't really moving enough week on week to justify it.

After Giro I'll aim to tot up scores. At the moment Dux89 (DaneC) is now beating me by 200 points but if my Pozzo and Kelderman finish above his Uran and Arredondo gets the mountains jersey I may claw this back. Uran finishing second would only give Dane 450 points but 6+7+mts yields 585.

Aru was only 6 points by the way....

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
25th May 2014 - 21:44

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Nice little century for Phinney in the US TT's

posted by ray silvester [1855 posts]
26th May 2014 - 11:28

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ray silvester wrote:
Nice little century for Phinney in the US TT's

No more points for a while now though D Oh having a broken leg and stuff Sick

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
27th May 2014 - 0:19

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Ouch

posted by ray silvester [1855 posts]
27th May 2014 - 10:17

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Results after the Giro. I clawed back a lot of points from Dux 89 in the final standings where Pozzo, Kelderman, Geniez and Arredondo scored more than his Uran, but Dux is still ahead of me by 32 points (or a Bryan Coquard stage win in the French cup).

Men - Big changes, bad times for Ghedebrav, great results for Ray and Nick, who moved off the bottom

1.(2) Dane C - Velohuman Pro Cycling 7448
2.(1) Twybaydos Topsport Torquay 7416
3.(6) raysilvester1 Big Rays Riders 6232
4.(4) Pure fantasy Pure fantasy 5894
5.(8) TERatcliffe26 TERatcliffe26 5469
6.(10) shutuplegs Avengers:Age of Nick! 5288
7. (7) The Domestique The Domestique 5024
8.(5) drheaton Mostly Hopeless 4743
9.(3) Ghedebrav Voodoo All Stars 4649
10.(9) chiv30 carbon crutches and epo 3902

Women
1. Twybaydos Topsport Torquay Femennile 7153
2. shutuplegs Ladies 1st 5840
3.(5) drheaton Right-handed OuOuOranges 5668
4.(6) TERatcliffe26 TERatcliffe26 5323
5.(3) Ghedebrav Voodoo All Stars 5192
6.(4). Pure fantasy Pure fantasy women 4434
7. The Domestique The Domestique 3188

Combined (a count-back of overall place in each game rather than total score):
1. Twybaydos 46
2.(3) shutuplegs 235
3.(6) TERatcliffe26 263
4.(5). drheaton 290
5.(3) PureFantasy 315
6.(2). Ghedebrav 327
7. The Domestique 425

It's probably not worth updating the results until after TDF.

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
4th June 2014 - 22:45

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Fingers crossed Sagan/Kwiatowski light up the Tour.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th June 2014 - 12:29

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Quitana did good for me in the Giro but thats it for me now.......back to the bottom I think Sick

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
7th June 2014 - 17:26

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Big Panzer starting to pick up some points now in the TT's.......his selectionbeing good or bad more or less rests on him winning the World's Team AND ITT?

Hope I haven't jinxd him as last time I bigged up a TT'er(Phinney) he broke his leg the next day At Wits End

posted by ray silvester [1855 posts]
17th June 2014 - 9:12

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I stole the lead in the ladies Big Grin
Thanks lizzie Love Struck

1. shutuplegs Ladies 1st 8387
2. Twybaydos Topsport Torquay Femennile 8358
3. drheaton Right-handed OuOuOranges 7723
4. TERatcliffe26 TERatcliffe26 7539
5. Ghedebrav Voodoo All Stars 7032
6. Pure fantasy Pure fantasy women 5984
7. The Domestique The Domestique 5534

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
16th July 2014 - 0:24

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Plenty of people have Sagan, but Kwiatkowski and Coquard are my main differentiators from other teams in this Tour. Would love it if they'd just get a little closer.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
16th July 2014 - 21:10

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livestrongnick wrote:
I stole the lead in the ladies Big Grin
Thanks lizzie Love Struck

I have lizzie too, it's Ferrand-Prevot and Bronzini you should be thanking

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
16th July 2014 - 23:37

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Yeah course I'd not really crossed checked our riders woohoo!

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
17th July 2014 - 5:27

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This one slipped the radar, mainly because I set up a mini league on my VDS profile and forgot to tell you how things were going. Will post full final results soon but:

Dux89 won the mens competition
I won the ladies

On the basis I came second in mens and Dux didn't enter, I think I also won the combined.

I enjoyed playing, I thoroughly recommend this next year for those who missed out. If I recall teams have to be entered by February so get ready to unrealistically expect riders can carry their TDU form into the business end of the 2015 season.

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
14th October 2014 - 23:32

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