Fantasy Cyclocross Returns
New Brunswick, NJ – After much success in the 2008-2009 cyclocross season, Cyclocross Magazine will once again be set to bring you premier fantasy cyclocross action straight from your own computer. Intense action in last year’s game left the podium undecided until the final day of the season, with many competitors vying for the top three spots and the glorious prizes that go along with them. This year’s game promises to be much bigger and richer than ever. It’s free to play but as we gather prizes, we may have a premium option for the big stuff. See our entry form below.
Despite running smoothly for the most part last year, version 2.0 of the game has gotten a major overhaul for the coming season. Most notable of the changes made include the selection criteria of one Espoir rider and one Junior rider. Each player now has 35 U23 riders and 20 Junior riders available to them. In the interest of fair play, U23′s include both the top scoring U23 riders on last year’s UCI standings, as well as newly promoted Junior riders who scored highly in last year’s competitions. The same thing goes for Junior racers, which include both Junior riders from last year, as well as top rated 16-year old riders from America. Each player will now choose 5 men and 5 women, to go along with their 1 Espoir and 1 Junior.
In the interest of transparency, the following calendar has been put together so that people know what races they should be watching closely to maximize their point totals. The races include all the stops on the World Cup, Superprestige and GvA Trofee series. The addition of the GvA series is new for this year, and should increase the competition in the game. Also included are all the races on the USGP and NACT series to provide some American balance. Any unaffiliated UCI C1 races will also be scored, as well as the UCI World Championships and National Championships for the top 20 nations in the UCI Nation Rankings. The list of races is as follows:
UCI World Championships: Tabor, Czech Republic
European Championships: Hoogstraten, Belgium
UCI World Cup: Treviso, Italy; Plzen, Czech Republic; Schmerikon, Switzerland; Nommay, France; Koksijde, Belgium; Igorre, Spain; Kalmthout, Belgium; Heusden-Zolder, Belgium; Roubaix, France; Hoogerheide, Holland
Superprestige: Oostkamp/Ruddervoorde, Belgium; Hoogstraten, Belgium; Gavere, Belgium; Hamme-Zogge, Belgium; Gieten, Holland; Diegem, Belgium; Zonhoven, Belgium; Vorselaar, Belgium
Gazet Van Antwerpen Trofee: Cyclocross Namur Citadelle (Namur, Belgium); Koppenbergcross (Oudenaarde, Belgium); GP Hasselt (Hasselt, Belgium); GP Rouwmoer (Essen, Belgium); Azencross (Torhout, Belgium), GP Sven Nys (Baal, Belgium); Krawatencross Lille (Lille, Belgium); Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle (Oostmalle, Belgium)
USGP Series: Planet Bike Cup 1/2 (Sun Prairie, USA); Derby City Cup 1/2 (Louisville, USA); Mercer Cup 1/2 (West Windsor, USA); Portland Cup 1/2 (Portland, USA)
NACT Series: Starcrossed (Redmond, USA); Rad Racing (Lakewood, USA); Gran Prix of Gloucester 1/2 (Gloucester, USA); Toronto International Cyclocross 1/2 (Toronto, Canada); Blue Sky Velo Cup (Longmont, USA); Boulder Cup (Boulder, USA); Whitmores Landscaping Supercross Cup 1/2 (Southampton, USA)
UCI C1: Cross Vegas (Las Vegas, USA); Granogue Cross (Granogue, USA); Internationale Cyclo-cross Huijbergen (Huijbergen, Holland); GP Wetzikon (Wetzikon, Switzerland); Vlaamse Druivenveldrit (Overijse, Belgium); Scheldecross (Antwerpen, Belgium); Nordzeecross (Middelkerke, Belgium); International Cyclo-cross Tervuren (Tervuren, Belgium); Grand Prix Groenendaal (Sint Michielsgestel, Holland); Internationale Centrumcross van Surhuisterveen (Surhuisterveen, Holland)
Compared to last year, scoring will remain the same. Many people had been calling for an alternate rider slot, but we’re not quite ready to enable rider swapping, so it will have to wait until at least next year to show up. Rumor has it some big name riders will play our game this year, so stay tuned.