Could we have female riders fantasy league?

by Turnernoir   January 25, 2013  

Most cycling fans want to help raise the profile of the womens race calendar. I think a female cyclist fantasy league woukd really help this. It would make more riders better known to more cycling fans, OK we may not see much of the racing but reading reports and youtube clips are good for this.
Go on guys, make it so.

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My fantasies would be top of the league Devil

posted by ray silvester [1808 posts]
25th January 2013 - 15:11

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The ONLY problem I have with this is.....Sometimes its days before you can get clear results, sometimes never at all.

I wouldn't have a problem running a couple of races if Dave wanted to put them into the game, but it would only be a couple, as results as hard to come by, there would be NO sprint points or anything like that, it would be purely Finish line and GC.....Even then, its normally only the top 10 finishers that get reported.

I shall investigate the UCI for results, if they have some, I'd be quite happy to run some races.....

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
25th January 2013 - 16:20

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Ok, a quick check shows the UCI do have results for most races.

I am quite happy to do all the background research, do the riders, teams. Sort out the races, stages, scores and so on.

But I don't know if its workable along side the current game.

Awaits Dave's reply

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
25th January 2013 - 16:28

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Quite happy to do the riders eh I bet you are Wink

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posted by cidermart [460 posts]
25th January 2013 - 16:57

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I'd assume you can just add teams into the main game and just select those for the appropriate races, the way the game works now almost caters for that, it'd just be a large amount of additional work to set up teams/riders and value everyone.

I guess it's a time/value call, if road.cc thinks the amount of additional time and server costs are worth it then it's probably do-able.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th January 2013 - 17:05

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I'd definitely back this. Doing then men's fantasy competition has got me much more familiar with the riders and the competitions; it would be a great way to start following the women's calendar, even if it was just a couple of one-dayers and the Worlds.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1091 posts]
25th January 2013 - 17:44

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If it was up to me, I'd like to see at least the World Cup races, the Worlds, and some of the stage races. A lot to ask but women's sport needs a higher profile. Anything like this can only help.

posted by simon F [990 posts]
25th January 2013 - 18:51

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Why not just run a few big races on the forum like we did last year for some of the lower mens races? Thinking

If it works out then maybe look at putting it in to the system Nerd

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posted by livestrongnick [1778 posts]
25th January 2013 - 23:42

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there's no reason why the races and riders couldn't be added to the current fantasy engine. we'd need to look at what races will have readily available results, and what we can score. also how you access the riders and a bunch of other stuff.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7316 posts]
26th January 2013 - 13:06

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Well you have my email address.....I'll get onto it as soon as.

All results from last year can be found here

http://www.uci.ch/templates/BUILTIN-NOFRAMES/Template3/layout.asp?MenuId...

If you just click on woman's elite and then 2012, might help you decide which races you might want.

I'm thinking, get the teams set up and do ONE race as a test? The tour of Qatar is a bit to soon, it starts it 3 days.

But the Vuelta el Salvador starts 28th Feb, gives us time to work in the teams and riders and make some values up??

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
26th January 2013 - 13:46

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I might lean towards sticking to one days classics initially to see what the take up is then expand next year. Stuff like the Tour of Flanders should have plenty of Brit interest too which might help. Starting out with those races most likely to feature the likes of Vos and Armitstead (plus Wiggle Honda) should make it easier to follow for those not as clued up on the women's side too.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
26th January 2013 - 14:00

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obviously there's no hostorical form for any of the women, so that's an issue as rider values are calculated from that now

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7316 posts]
26th January 2013 - 14:32

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I can make up historical history based on last season's results if you wanted?

I'll go through the races from 2012 and grab the GC results or something like that and make something up? Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
26th January 2013 - 14:36

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I don't think this should count to the overall competition.....far too specialist.

posted by ray silvester [1808 posts]
26th January 2013 - 15:00

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It would be great to see a few woman's races appear in the game and I'd certainly have a go at selecting a team whether or not it counted towards the overall compertition. As Ghedebrav said playing fantasy cycling has helped me get to know more about male riders/teams/races so would be good way of raising interest in female cycling.

posted by Skibish [61 posts]
26th January 2013 - 16:14

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So whilst we wait for it to be set up shall we have a just for fun forum ladies tour of Qatar?Cool

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posted by livestrongnick [1778 posts]
26th January 2013 - 16:37

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ray silvester wrote:
I don't think this should count to the overall competition.....far too specialist.

I agree. It would be good to see some womens races but run as a seperate competition and not counting towards the overall (mens) road cc game as it is now. I would be in favour of a seperate overall league for the womens races/tours. I say this because I've always watched the cycling on TV and the game has enhanced my viewing. But the womens races are sadly just not televised so it would be much harder to pick a team. I've never trawled the internet researching riders. I've always picked my teams based on what I see on the TV. If the womens races were televised more I would watch for sure- any TV companies out there listening in...

posted by letsgoup [139 posts]
26th January 2013 - 16:54

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You could use the cqranking.com info to make a start perhaps.

posted by simon F [990 posts]
26th January 2013 - 17:05

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All other fantasy cycling games I've seen (and indeed all fantasy sport games) have been based on the male game. If road.cc get a womans competition up and running might be worth a bit of publicity as a first?

posted by Skibish [61 posts]
26th January 2013 - 17:20

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