Fantasy Vuelta chat

by DaveP   August 15, 2010  

I've picked my team of random picks, just like my lotto numbers.. And I've created a league, number 16279.. Devil What's the betting I don't get out of the bottom half of the league again? :''(

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Argh made a mistake with my transfers and can't undo it. Seeing as you still owe me a transfer from Igor Anton's withdrawal can you reset me before 11am today....? Pleeease!

posted by bikingscot [43 posts]
16th September 2010 - 10:29

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It's impossible to win to "meninblack". He/she always has the stage winner and every stage is one of the best 10 user of the day... it's a very hard job to close the gap with "meninblack". I'll have to make some risks...

posted by saioarri [1 posts]
16th September 2010 - 10:54

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Call me "The Beast"...

Yep, I'm now # 666!

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
17th September 2010 - 0:26

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saioarri wrote:
It's impossible to win to "meninblack". He/she always has the stage winner and every stage is one of the best 10 user of the day... it's a very hard job to close the gap with "meninblack". I'll have to make some risks...

it's been a great fight, nothing in it the whole way...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
17th September 2010 - 8:16

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Just happened to notice that today Nicolas Roche was only given 4 points despite being 7th overall and 16th on stage, which should be 4 points for the overall plus 5 points for 16th place...according to the rules anyway.

Making me wonder how many of the other scores aren't right, just haven't got the time to go back and check them...

posted by bikingscot [43 posts]
17th September 2010 - 23:47

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Oh and I had Roche so can I get the points please? Surprise)

posted by bikingscot [43 posts]
18th September 2010 - 1:13

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bikingscot wrote:
Oh and I had Roche so can I get the points please? Surprise)

yup, you can - now updated. sometimes the vuelta site will simply leave a rider out of their provisional results, then stick them in at the end. that's what happened to roche - we caught it on the gc but not on the stage finish

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
18th September 2010 - 8:18

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Congrats to the joint winners, it's been really enjoyable. 68th for me, not bad considering I spent the first few stages hell bent on being a purist, then I cracked. Big Grin or I might have been higher up. It has been a great diversion for me since I am recovering from collapsing on my bike on 6th August and ending up in intensive care.
Well done for the organising, must be a big job. Maybe a few more riders in each classification would give a bigger spread of results.
Cheers.
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posted by thefatcyclist [524 posts]
19th September 2010 - 20:49

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Glad you enjoyed it thefatcyclist - hope the recovery is on track too?

68th is pretty good going beats my 547th – I had purity forced upon me by Eurobike and my team never really recovered - well that's my excuse anyway Smile

I'm not the keeper of the rules, that's Dave, but my reading of them is that in the event of a tie the player with the highest score on the final stage wins…more on that tomorrow morning though. In the meantime congrats to everyone that took part - especially meninblack and saioarri who tied on points at the top, and an awesome displays also from the other five players that got over 2000 points.

If anyone has any suggestions about how we can improve the game fire 'em in they will be given plenty of consideration before we roll out the next one. I take your point on possibly having more riders in each category - certainly be good to have more all rounders.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4110 posts]
19th September 2010 - 22:24

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Hi guys. I really enjoyed doing this, many thanks for laying it on! Can't wait for next year! Giro?! Big Grin

A quick query - if each member of a stage winners team gets a bonus 5 points how does Tom Danielson end up with only 2 points from stage 21? Confused

Cheers,
Dave

posted by ourdave [32 posts]
19th September 2010 - 22:33

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Dave and Tony (but probably mostly Dave Smile ), thanks for putting on Fantasy Vuelta and for battling through the glitches and gremlins - none of which ultimately prevented any of the fun. There were some incredible scores racked up, not by my team though. Anyway, I look forward to doing it again - whenever you're ready. Thanks again.

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
19th September 2010 - 22:36

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Yes, big props to Dave for building both the fantasy games, my sole contribution was the vague notion that it might be a nice thing to do.

We shouldn't forget the unsung hero of all this either - Simon, he made loads of useful suggestions when it came to formulating the game play and along with Dave he's been the one putting the scores on the doors and generally keeping an eye out for potential problems… and making sure they all got sorted too. Thanks to both of them.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4110 posts]
19th September 2010 - 23:13

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Hmm… ourdave, certainly sounds like he should have had more, we'll look in to it Smile

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4110 posts]
19th September 2010 - 23:15

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Awesome job with the game and getting the scoring updates done in such a short time!

Is there any listing of the fantasy team stage winners?

posted by sagard [1 posts]
19th September 2010 - 23:21

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Stage 1: top score is 172 by JRB_RC (LabMonkey), team viper (viper), fdringo (antomeno), Team Murray (boraboca),
Stage 2: top score is 82 by keanus bike (hellokitty),
Stage 3: top score is 115 by Farsan Bortolo (marxtrom),
Stage 4: top score is 160 by Robabank (alexlnumber1),
Stage 5: top score is 118 by Saeco Par Cafe (Brian Lynch),
Stage 6: top score is 105 by elektra (elektra),
Stage 7: top score is 101 by Robabank (alexlnumber1),
Stage 8: top score is 173 by jaccojansen (jaccojansen),
Stage 9: top score is 94 by equipo del Cielo (JAndrewHill),
Stage 10: top score is 96 by eaju (eaju),
Stage 11: top score is 141 by Maximum Pasty (ourdave),
Stage 12: top score is 98 by errekarte (errekarte),
Stage 13: top score is 106 by Ghostriders (Ghostrider),
Stage 14: top score is 156 by cheshire cats (wihsford dave),
Stage 15: top score is 135 by Cats Vs Paine (Lance-n-Treacle),
Stage 16: top score is 147 by errekarte (errekarte),
Stage 17: top score is 133 by Sagard's Rolling All-Stars (sagard),
Stage 18: top score is 110 by Arolko-team (Arolko),
Stage 19: top score is 127 by unkemped erberts (unkemped),
Stage 20: top score is 157 by Footon Shack 2 (hrotha),
Stage 21: top score is 115 by Team Rocket (nishithpandya),

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
19th September 2010 - 23:53

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Danielson's points have now been updated too...

Thanks for bearing with us on this one, I know there were some gremlins at the start and it was hard for us to sort them out since we were at Eurobike... we've learnt some stuff for next year though. Giro? Deffo.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
19th September 2010 - 23:55

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Dave, my 12-year old and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Fantasy Vuelta - many thanks. We were slightly gutted to finish 12th, just 9 points out of the prizes Sad We did the same in the Fantasy Tour de France, namely assumed the 2 KOM main-players would fight it out on Stage 20 ! Nope, we should have kept Roche, instead of swapping him for Moncoutie. C'est la vie - roll on the next year and if you have the stamina, a Giro one would be great, too. Tim and his Cyclic Cephalopod son, Hamish. Cool

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posted by timbola [200 posts]
20th September 2010 - 9:54

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2 stage wins but no prizes this time. Boo!!! 14th overall. Great game guys, totally addicted to it. Keep up the good work and roll on next season! Cheers!

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Tour of Qatar Purist Winner 2012

posted by alexlnumber1 [52 posts]
20th September 2010 - 21:34

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That does seem a bit harsh alexlnumber1 you not getting a price and all - hold on, just seen your sig… Smile

Well… as it was two wins, if you didn't get a road.cc t-shirt last time drop us a line

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4110 posts]
20th September 2010 - 21:41

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Has anybody received their prizes yet?

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posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
20th October 2010 - 17:34

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They are on their way, promise. Cross my heart.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
20th October 2010 - 17:36

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dave_atkinson wrote:
They are on their way, promise. Cross my heart.

Fantastic... Cheers Dave!

Can't wait for the season long game next year... How about combining all of the 'Pro Tour' races?

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posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
21st October 2010 - 13:32

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yeah we're currently thinking about how it'll work. more on that soon... Thinking

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
21st October 2010 - 13:39

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yeah we're currently thinking about how it'll work. more on that soon... Thinking

Any news on which races are likely to go into the new game?

Might be easiest to have the Classics and World Champs alongside the three Grand Tours?

I bet trying to get start lists in advance of the smaller stages races could be a bit of a headache.

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posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
1st November 2010 - 12:55

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I bet trying to get start lists in advance of the smaller stages races could be a bit of a headache.

indeed, and we probably won't go down that route for those races, you might be on your own trying to work out who's racing and who's not Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
1st November 2010 - 15:33

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Funnily enough, though, some of the smaller stage races - Tour Down Under and Tour of California last year, for example - make it reasonably easy for the average punter to find out who's racing by making periodic announcements of teams in the build-up to the race Smile

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7470 posts]
1st November 2010 - 15:52

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dave_atkinson wrote:
indeed, and we probably won't go down that route for those races, you might be on your own trying to work out who's racing and who's not Smile

So you might provide complete rider rosters for the season (25 riders per team?) and we 'do the research' ourselves for each race... that fill my mornings in the office quite nicely!

I still think I would like to see all of the 'classics', the three grand tours and the worlds making up the season long fantasy game for 2011.

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posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
1st November 2010 - 17:09

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yeah something like that Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7025 posts]
1st November 2010 - 17:41

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dave_atkinson wrote:
yeah something like that Smile

That would be fantastic Smile

The fantasy Tour and Vuelta games have put the joy and excitement back into viewing pro cycling for me - thank you road.cc!

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posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
1st November 2010 - 19:54

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New guy here... stoppin in to say hello! - hello. Safe riding all!

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10th March 2011 - 7:05

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