Fantasy Tour de France
Are you ready? The time has come! From today you can register for this year's Fantasy Cycling competition, sponsored by Evans Cycles. It's a long and winding road to the World Championships, with three Grand Tours along the way, but when we finally arrive at the far end of the season we'll have doled out some impressive prizes and we'll be able to crown our overall season winner!
It's just a month until the Milan - San Remo and the start of the Spring Classics, and Italy's early season opener will also mark the start of something else: road.cc Fantasy Cycling 2011, sponsored by Evans Cycles. That's right: a whole season of fantasy racing with some fantastic prizes up for grabs along the way. And it's free to enter!
Okay, so we want to run a season-long compo next year which will take in the three grand tours and some other races too. But which races?
It's been suggested that the classics are a good place to start. here's the classics list off of wikipedia:
Milan – San Remo (Italy)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium)
Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
Clásica de San Sebastián (San Sebastian Classic) (Spain)
Paris–Brussels (France/ Belgium)
The Fantasy Tour de France is but a distant memory now, and we're gearing up for the Fantasy Vuelta with a tweaked game engine and a slightly amended set of rules – look out for that one soon! In the meantime winner Alex Long visited his local CycleSurgery in Chertsey to pick up his prize – a £600 KHS Flite 300 road bike.
So, the Tour is over for another year. All that's left are empty bidons squashed beneath the wheels of the Champs Elysèes traffic, and other similarly poignant metaphors. Still, it was a good race this year, made all the more exciting, we're sure you agree, by the inaugural road.cc Fantasy Tour de France competition. And it's time to announce the winners!
Today's the sorting out day on the Tour: it looks like Andy needs to take a wedge of time from Alberto if he wants to be wearing yellow on the Champs-Elysèes. By 5pm we'll have a good idea of whether that Maillot Jaune is heading North or South from Paris, but while we ponder that let's catch up on the week's two completed stages and hand out some tees for good team pickage.
Well we've had a bumper weekend of racing on the Tour and some bumper scores too. And with a road.cc tee up for grabs for the highest score on every stage from now until Paris it's more important than ever to post a big total. So who's been top of the list this weekend?
You might be rueing your missed chances and botched transfers right now with the dream of walking off with first place and a shiny new bike in tatters. We know we are, not that we're allowed to win the bike of course but you know what we mean. Anyway, starting tomorrow you've got a chance to reclaim a bit of pride, as we're going to be handing out a spot prize on every stage from here to the Champs Elysées!
So we're halway through an exciting Tour de France, and the road.cc Fantasy TDF game has been a big hit. As we write it's The Pedal Os topping the leaderboard with 830 points from 11 completed stages (well, ten plus the prologue) – that's an average of 75 points a stage, not bad at all!
If you build it, they will come. Well, we were expecting a few hundred entries to our inaugural Fantasy Tour de France league, enough to make it interesting. But we weren't prepared for the response. To date over 1,750 people have joined up and we've been blown away by the amount of interest the game has generated.