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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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TERatcliffe26 [4660 posts] 2 years ago
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I will have a look later and should give it a go (already have a squad like this in ProFSL)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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I too will give it a go  26

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TERatcliffe26 [4660 posts] 2 years ago
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Both my DS and team name are TERatcliffe26

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Just one thing to note if you're interested in playing, you don't have to submit your team once picked, you can add riders then chop and change up to the deadline. The readers of the site, http://www.podiumcafe.com/ , tend to get about as excited as road.cc users do when it comes to picking teams so there'll be plenty of analysis and threads over the next couple of weeks offering tips.

Depending on the takeup this year I might throw together a draft version of this next year.

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TERatcliffe26 [4660 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeh, ive picked my team but not submitted

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Stumps [3413 posts] 2 years ago
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Sounds good i'll take a look and let you know  4

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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 17 struggling to pick enough riders  31

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TERatcliffe26 [4660 posts] 2 years ago
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I had that problem at first, but gone for likely stage winners on the flat, with a fair few 2 and 1 credit riders, and riders you wouldn't necessarily pick for big races. For example, Stetina will race ToC, and could finish top 10, same for Deignan, Arrendondo

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Also remember that National Championships score 100 points for a win (nothing for a place). I did well out of Impey when he won his National Championship, cheap riders who can score in one or two races could be strong picks. Also, riders who had a poor year last year (Boonen, Schleck, Gilbert etc) can be had for less now but are obviously risky.

Oh, and points are weighted towards GC and one day races. The drop off for placing in stage race finishes is pretty harsh, only the first five on a grand tour stage will score so picking a rider who gets a lot of top 10s but no wins won't do you any good.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Ds Name - shutuplegs
Team Name - Avengers:Age of Nick!(mens)
- Ladies 1st(womens)

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the domestique [33 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm in: both team and DS name is (surprise surprise)
The Domestique

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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raysilvester1
Big Rays Riders

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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1. GER OPQ PRT Tony Martin 18 1175 0
2. BEL OPQ PRT Tom Boonen 18 130 0
3. USA BMC PRT Taylor Phinney 14 552 0
4. COL OPQ PRT Rigoberto Uran 12 685 0
5. FRA FDJ PRT Nacer Bouhanni 12 571 0
6. NOR BMC PRT Thor Hushovd 10 512 0
7. AUS OGE PRT Simon Gerrans 8 502 0
8. ITA TFR PRT Giacomo Nizzolo 8 460 0
9. ITA MOV PRT Adriano Malori 8 431 0
10. BEL OPQ PRT Thomas De Gendt 8 75 0
11. FRA EUC PRT Pierre Rolland 6 265 0
12. SVK BMC PRT Peter Velits 4 225 0
13. ESP MOV PRT Juan Jose Lobato 2 170 0
14. ITA LAM PRT Sacha Modolo 2 170 0
15. ITA AST PRT Andrea Guardini 2 160 0
16. ITA LAM PRT Damiano Cunego 2 155 0
17. USA TFR PRT Matthew Busche 2 145 0
18. FRA FDJ PRT Arnold Jeannesson 2 130 0
19. ITA AST PRT Francesco Gavazzi 2 126 0
20. POL OPQ PRT Michal Golas 2 120 0
21. BEL LTB PRT Maxime Monfort 2 115 0
22. BLR ALM PRT Yauheni Hutarovich 2 50 0
23. AUS GRS PRT Nathan Haas 2 0 0
24. GBR OPQ PRT Andrew Fenn 1 0 0
25. DEN GRS PRT Lasse Hansen 1 0 0
Total: 25 riders 150 6924 0

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TERatcliffe26 [4660 posts] 2 years ago
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I have 6 of your riders

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Ghedebrav
Voodoo All Stars

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Greg Van Avermaet
Marcel Kittel
Tom Boonen
Arnaud Démare
Moreno Moser
Daryl Impey
Warren Barguil
Przemyslaw Niemiec
Leopold König
Riccardo Zoidl
Ivan Basso
Daniele Ratto
Juan Jose Lobato
Sacha Modolo
Tobias Ludvigsson
Andrea Guardini
Boy van Poppel
Sam Bennett
Romain Feillu
Michael Hepburn
Anthony Roux
Jan Polanc
Jarlinson Pantano
Robinson Chalapud
Lasse Hansen

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 2 years ago
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Topsport Torquay - Twybaydos. I'll be tinkering up until the end so not on system yet

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Still tinkering with my men's team but submitted my women's team already, the name is "Right-handed OuOuOranges" if you're interested.

Men's team wise, trying to decide whether to pick Sagan or not (he can't do as well as last year surely?!) and then whether Booner or Gilbert will be back to full form this year or whether last year was the start of a proper slide.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Already lost Nizzolo to a broken collarbone!!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Both teams submitted:

Womens:

1. Evelyn Stevens 40
2. Anna van der Breggen 35
3. Giorgia Bronzini 25
4. Claudia Häusler 14
5. Amy Cure 6
6. Olga Zabelinskaya 6
7. Lucy Garner 6
8. Monia Baccaille 6
9. Charlotte Becker 2
10. Elena Cecchini 2
11. Inga Cilvinaite 2
12. Tayler Wiles 2
13. Hannah Barnes 2
14. Thalita de Jong 1
15. Rossella Callovi 1

Mens:

1. Peter Sagan 40
2. Rui Costa 22
3. Michal Kwiatkowski 20
4. Rigoberto Uran 12
5. Warren Barguil 8
6. Bob Jungels 6
7. Riccardo Zoidl 6
8. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 6
9. Bryan Coquard 6
10. Jonathan Castroviejo 4
11. Juan Jose Lobato 2
12. Tobias Ludvigsson 2
13. Bartosz Huzarski 2
14. Kenny Elissonde 2
15. Michael Hepburn 2
16. Steele Von Hoff 1
17. Julien Simon 1
18. Julian Alaphilippe 1
19. Lasse Hansen 1
20. Sebastian Henao 1
21. Benjamin King 1
22. Alexey Lutsenko 1
23. Daniel Teklehaimanot 1
24. Martin Velits 1
25. Tim Wellens 1

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Mens

1. Nairo Quintana
2. Marcel Kittel
3. Tony Martin
4. Taylor Phinney
5. Thor Hushovd
6. Simon Gerrans
7. Gianni Meersman
8. Michael Matthews
9. Luis Leon Sanchez
10. Peter Velits
11. Tobias Ludvigsson
12. Damiano Cunego
13. Roberto Ferrari
14. Fred Rodriguez
15. Johann Tschopp
16. Kris Boeckmans
17. Lawson Craddock
18. Jelle Vanendert
19. Yauheni Hutarovich
20. Tomasz Marczynski
21. Steele Von Hoff
22. Jens! Voigt
23. Ryan Anderson
24. Leigh Howard
25. Josh Edmondson

Womens

Ellen van Dijk
Giorgia Bronzini
Elizabeth Armitstead
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
Joelle Numainville
Maaike Polspoel
Olga Zabelinskaya
Rochelle Gilmore
Martina Ritter
Annika Langvad
Martina Sablikova
Anna Sanchis Chafer
Patricia Schwager
Liisi Rist
Sari Saarelainen

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chiv30 [986 posts] 2 years ago
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Carbon crutches and epo

Men's only atm

ALAPHILIPPE, Julian (OmegaPharma - Quick Step)
BOONEN, Tom (OmegaPharma - Quick Step)
BOUHANNI, Nacer (FDJ)
BRUTT, Pavel (Katusha)
CHAOUFI, Tarik (Skydive Dubai)
DENIFL, Stefan (IAM Cycling)
DOWSETT, Alex (Movistar)
FROOME, Chris (Team Sky)
FUGLSANG, Jakob (Astana)
GUARNIERI, Jacopo (Astana)
HUZARSKI, Bartosz (NetApp - Endura)
IMPEY, Daryl (Orica - GreenEDGE)
JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Reinardt (Giant - Shimano)
KRUOPIS, Aidis (Orica - GreenEDGE)
LUDVIGSSON, Tobias (Giant - Shimano)
MACHADO, Tiago Jose Pinto (NetApp - Endura)
MARTIN, Tony (OmegaPharma - Quick Step)
NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw (Lampre - Merida)
ROLLAND, Pierre (Europcar)
ROWE, Luke (Team Sky)
SILIN, Egor (Katusha)
TIRALONGO, Paolo (Astana)
VISCONTI, Giovanni (Movistar)
VOIGT, Jens! (Trek Factory Racing)
ZOIDL, Riccardo (Trek Factory Racing)

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Vos not amongst my women. Daft?

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TERatcliffe26 [4660 posts] 2 years ago
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Here is my team

ARREDONDO MORENO, Julian David (Trek Factory Racing)
ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (BMC Racing)
BASSO, Ivan (Cannondale)
BENNETT, Sam (NetApp - Endura)
COLBRELLI, Sonny (Bardiani - CSF)
COQUARD, Bryan (Europcar)
DE KORT, Koen (Giant - Shimano)
DEGAND, Thomas (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
DéMARE, Arnaud (FDJ)
GENIEZ, Alexandre (FDJ)
GERRANS, Simon (Orica - GreenEDGE)
GESINK, Robert (Belkin)
GREIPEL, André (Lotto - Belisol)
HERMANS, Ben (BMC Racing)
KRUOPIS, Aidis (Orica - GreenEDGE)
MEERSMAN, Gianni (OmegaPharma - Quick Step)
MODOLO, Sacha (Lampre - Merida)
MOHORIC, Matej (Cannondale)
MONFORT, Maxime (Lotto - Belisol)
POZZOVIVO, Domenico (Ag2r - La Mondiale)
RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquim (Katusha)
SILIN, Egor (Katusha)
SIMON, Julien (Cofidis Solutions Crédits)
STETINA, Peter (BMC Racing)
ZOIDL, Riccardo (Trek Factory Racing)

Do we have a league yet?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Just a reminder for anyone that's interested. The deadline for submitting your team is midnight tomorrow (Friday 28th Feb).

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chiv30 [986 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm gonna pass on the women's tbh

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 2 years ago
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I'll get it over with tonight.
Not that fussed about this competition so I picked a load of cheap riders I like so, if they win, I'm happy. Team is probably over-swayed towards early season form and too many climbers, only one classics rider and only second-tier sprinters. What the hell.

Topsport Torquay
1.ARREDONDO MORENO, Julian David (Trek Factory Racing)
2.ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (BMC Racing)
3.BARDET, Romain (Ag2r - La Mondiale)
4.CHERNETSKIY, Sergey (Katusha)
5.COLBRELLI, Sonny (Bardiani - CSF)
6.COQUARD, Bryan (Europcar)
7.DEGAND, Thomas (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
8.GENIEZ, Alexandre (FDJ)
9.GESINK, Robert (Belkin)
10.HOFLAND, Moreno (Belkin)
11.HOWARD, Leigh (Orica - GreenEDGE)
12.JEANNESSON, Arnold (FDJ)
13.KELDERMAN, Wilco (Belkin)
14.KREUZIGER, Roman (Tinkoff-Saxo)
15.KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OmegaPharma - Quick Step)
16.KöNIG, Leopold (NetApp - Endura)
17.MEINTJES, Louis (MTN - Qhubeka)
18.MODOLO, Sacha (Lampre - Merida)
19.MOHORIC, Matej (Cannondale)
20.POZZOVIVO, Domenico (Ag2r - La Mondiale)
21.SANCHEZ GIL, Luis Leon (Caja Rural)
22.SEPULVEDA, Eduardo (Bretagne - Séché Environnement)
23.VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC Racing)
24.VANMARCKE, Sep (Belkin)
25.ZOIDL, Riccardo (Trek Factory Racing)

Womens' cycling - not a clue.

Topsport Torquay Femennile
1.ARMITSTEAD, Elizabeth (Boels- Dolmans Cyclingteam)
2.BARNES, Hannah (United Healthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team)
3.CALLOVI, Rossella (Forno d'Asolo - Astute)
4.CECCHINI, Elena (Estado de Mexico - Faren)
5.CILVINAITE, Inga (Rusvelo)
6.DE JONG, Thalita (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
7.GUARISCHI, Barbara (Ale Cipollini)
8.HOSKINS, Melissa (Orica-AIS)
9.JOHANSSON, Emma (Orica-AIS)
10.KNAUER, Anna (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team)
11.MULLENS, Peta (Wiggle - Honda)
12.PAWLOWSKA, Katarzyna (Boels- Dolmans Cyclingteam)
13.VILLUMSEN, Linda Melanie (Wiggle - Honda)
14.WORRACK, Trixi (Specialized - lululemon)
15. ZABELINSKAYA, Olga (Rusvelo)

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 2 years ago
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^^Excellent - I misspelled Femminile. Not like I can change this, for a whole year.

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chiv30 [986 posts] 2 years ago
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No Voss or mears.....if I had the time tonight I may have chucked one in seeing the women's teams  1

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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chiv30 wrote:

I'm gonna pass on the women's tbh

same here.....might even do the same in road.cc

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