Fantasy Cycling end of season roundup

Who won what and when in our season-long 2011 game

by Dave Atkinson   September 27, 2011  

Fantasy Cycling 2011 with road.cc and Evans Cycles

So, that's it for the year. The World Champs road race was the final instalment of 2011's Fantasy Cycling season, in association with Evans Cycles. That was stage 89 of a competition that's kept us distracted from work for most of the year, and the last hurrah was won by team Ang Motion Cycling Project, with a score of 92 points and a correct prediction of the top three.

In the World Champs Time Trial A Cat Named Bugno went even better, correctly picking the top five riders for a massive 114-point haul. But those late efforts weren't enough to change the look of the overall leaderboard.

Overall winner

Top of the pile for this year is team jauman, who have been there or thereabouts for the whole of the season and top of the overall rankings for as long as anyone in the office can remember. It's been a near-faultless performance from user jau: top dog in the Giro and eighth in the Vuelta sandwiched a solid 58th place in the Tour de France. In the end the margin of victory was 115 points, with a total of 7794 to second-placed eaju's 7679.

So it's bragging rights to Spain this year, with a one-two on the podium. Will the plucky Brits rally to a better showing next time around? Only time will tell...

Purist league

There's some other competitions to clear up too. Plenty of people have been playing the game as purists this year, not making any transfers while a tour is in progress. That particular competition went right down to the wire, and in the end it was user fhoupg who came through at the death, with his team valv piti tirumphant by a single point over KidEternity's A.S Services Ltd. Those two were well ahead of third placed danielheaton's Team Slym but well done to him too for an excellent purist season.

Consistency league

The Consistency league aped the main competition, as it transpired that most of the people who were racking up the good scores had been playing since the start anyway. In the end the first two positions were reversed, with team eaju edging out team jauman by just 0.03 on the average. a 113.27 point average is some achievement, so well done there.

Rider rankings

In the rider rankings Alberto Contador was top dog, netting 681 points for the season. Behind him came J-Rod on 632 points and Vincenzo Nibali on 608, with Cadel Evans (585), Bauke Mollema (505), Bradley Wiggins (489), Michele Scarponi (434), Phillipe Gilbert (423), Frank Schleck (423) and Jose Rojas (386) making up the top ten. Daniel Moreno was probably the bargain pick of the year, costing just 8.3 credits but netting 338 points across all competitions. The flip side of that particular coin is probably Team Sky's Michael Rogers, who despite attracting a pre-competition price tag of 36 credits failed to score a single fantasy point all season. Bertie, btw, wins some road.cc socks. We've contacted the team.

Full list of winners

The final list of winning teams, then, is as follows:

road.cc Fantasy Cycling Champion 2011: jauman (jau), 7794 points
Tour de France: Redbone (scorekeeper), 1994 points
Giro d'Italia: Jauman (jau), 2243 points
Vuelta a Espana: zueco (zueco), 1965 points

Purist Champion 2011: valv piti (fhoupg), 4274 points
Tour de France purist: valv piti (fhoupg), 1352 points
Giro d'Italia purist: Psychoman Ash (psychoman ask), 1679 points
Vuelta a Espana purist: Champions (arsene), 1429 points

Consistency league: eaju (eaju), 113.27 average

Top rider: Alberto Contador, 681 points

What's next for Fantasy Cycling on road.cc?

Well, it'll be back next year. We're in the process of looking at the game and working out a plan for 2012. If you want to be a part of that process, go to this forum topic and include your suggestions. We value your input and we want to make the game better for next year, so get creative!

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not even a pair of road.cc socks for the regional winners? oh well, next year....

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
27th September 2011 - 14:15

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How about a consolation prize for coming 3143rd? Broken Heart

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posted by cavasta [202 posts]
27th September 2011 - 14:19

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Thanks for a wonderfull Fantasy Season!

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posted by Oltean_Ro [12 posts]
27th September 2011 - 18:12

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Great game. Don't change too much!

posted by mrpt5 [53 posts]
27th September 2011 - 18:46

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would have liked to have made the top 100....still pleased at 158th...first time playing the game and i've really learnt a whole lot about the race scene and where to get the info you need,start lists etc,or if you cant find it ask on the forum and someone will help (thanks to gkam84 for useful tips) the blackfoot bikers will return! Big Grin

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posted by keith roberts [179 posts]
27th September 2011 - 19:29

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Thanks especially to dave for the hard work!
enjoyed this season many hours passed plus many times the mrs saying are you still playing that game!!
Got to be happy with 21st overall until a mate in our cycle club won the vuelta

posted by naffets [50 posts]
27th September 2011 - 21:01

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Thanks for running a great game - I've really enjoyed it. Congratulations to jauman and eaju - I tried hard to catch you but it was never going to happen.

posted by davidh [4 posts]
27th September 2011 - 21:34

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Loved it. I had a good giro, so so tour and a great Vuelta. Some advice about fast gorillas made me make some last minute change. I wanted Cav to win, but never thought I'd correctly guess 1-2-3. 2012 can't come soon enough.

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
28th September 2011 - 4:21

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Hope Bertie's socks aren't sent until after the CAS decide his fate!!

What happens if he gets a ban - do the points get rejigged?

Great game, thanks.

Exercising my rights by taking them cycling

posted by pedalingparamedic [86 posts]
28th September 2011 - 10:04

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