Even now the team buses are converging on Düsseldorf: It's time for the biggest race in cycling. The 104th Tour de France is upon us, with a 14km individual time trial on Saturday to kick things off. From there it's over hill and down dale (well, col and vallée, anyway) for three weeks until the race spits out a yellow jersey winner on the Champs Elysées. And if you play our Fantasy Cycling competition you can live it every turn of the wheels along the way.
What's Fantasy Cycling?
Simple: Pick a team of riders, and if they do well in the race they'll score points. And the more points they score, the better you do! You can play against loads of other road.cc users, and you can set up private leagues for bragging rights over your friends or work colleagues.
Once you've picked your team and they all turn out to be duffers like ours (above) inevitably will be, you can transfer in the good riders you should have picked in the first place. You only get a limited number of transfers though, so pick wisely! If that sounds like too much hard work for you, there's a purist competition in many tours where you just pick a team for the whole thing, and take it as it comes.
It's not just about getting over the line first: riders score points for the different jersey competitions, intermediate sprints... even rolling in dead last! So there's lots to think about. What kind of stage it is, who's in form, who's doing well overall... so many decisions to make.
You'll need to be a registered user of the site to play, then all you have to do is head over to fantasy.road.cc to join some competitions and pick your team. The Tour de France is open now, and there'll be a competition for every WorldTour race this year.
Go premium to play all season
You can play 8 competitions in the year for free, so that would cover all the grand tours and a bunch of other races if you wanted. £10 buys you premium membership to play as many as you like, and runs for a calendar year so you'll get all next season's early races too.
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.