Fantasy Cyclocross Update – December 1, 2008

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Cyclocross Magazine’s Fantasy Cyclocross League Despite the fact that there were only two races to score points on this weekend, just about every record set in Fantasy Cyclocross was brushed aside. Alright, granted there are only 10 weeks worth of records set to date, but still, it was an impressive weekend considering how few races actually counted. Here are the records that fell this weekend, with previous records in parentheses: Player Team Score – 410 (396); Average Team Score – 262.7 (241.2); All-Star Team Score – 523 (490). Makes you feel good that the best team of the week still scored almost 100 points less than the best team of the week. To put it all in perspective, this week’s calendar had only the Koksijde World Cup and the Superprestige at Gieten, whereas week 7 had the Boulder Cup Day 2, the Superprestige at Veghel-Eerde, the European Championships and the Koppenberg Cross. Good picking ladies and gentlemen.

So, who scored that record-setting 410? It was Pedal Sports, piloted by Mike Davis, USA. Mike’s picks of Katie Compton, who won the World Cup women’s race, and Sven Nys, who came in second in the World Cup men’s race along with the winner of the Superprestige, Klaas Vantornout, made for a handy points haul on the weekend. If it weren’t for Pedal Sports, Jonas’cross (Jonas Bruffaerts, BEL) would have eclipsed the old record by three points, scoring 398 points. Apparently the fantasy gods favor publicly lamenting your fantasy standing, as a comment on the overall standings appeared just shortly before Team Lukas (Joseph Bruce, USA) was the third best score of the week with 395 points.

Despite the immensely high scoring weekend, little changed at the top occurred this week. Affurdoma!!! (Ian Terry, USA) still leads the way with 2258 total points. His lead was shaved somewhat this week, as the gap closed from 50 points to 41 points over Java (Christian Skinner, USA), who holds down second for the third straight week. Up to third place this week is SAdamson (Shaun Adamson, CAN) with 2182 points, up from fifth place the previous week. Bergen FK, the most important team in the running, is up from 6th to 5th this week, with a total of 2155 points, still easily within striking distance of the top.

You can check out the full rundown of how your team did this week here: Fantasy Cyclocross Standings

Next week should be interesting as only US points will be handed out to the women. The World Cup stop in Igorre will not feature a women’s of U23 race, unfortunately. The Portland Cup will have one day of C1 racing on tap and it will be the last chance for those of us with American talent to score solid points, so hopefully you will have picked well.

Shameless plug time: Don’t forget to tune in to live updates from Nationals. I’m so multitalented that when I’m not writing these awesome fantasy updates, or diving into the endless data I totally made up about fantasy cross, I’m freezing my little fingers off to bring you the most up to date cyclocross coverage possible. I mean literally, the wait is seconds, doesn’t get more up to date than that.



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