Fantasy Cyclocross Update – January 5, 2008

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Cyclocross Magazine’s Fantasy Cyclocross League By Jake Sisson

So as I was trolling through results from this weekend, I originally intended for there to just be the two C1 races from this weekend that would count. As I looked closer at the results, I noticed that the majority of the world’s top talent headed to Tervuren for the Vlaamse Witloof Veldrit. So I made the decision that this race should also count, because, well, more points are more fun. I then got to thinking for a bit and I figured that I should count the GP de Ster as well, because that had a bunch of heavy hitters present as well. So this week was huge in terms of scoring, because there was an unusually high number of races counted. This week’s races, in order, were Noordzeecross, Azencross, Grote Prijs Sven Nys, GP de Ster, Flüüger-Quer, Internationale Veldrit Sint Michielsgestel and the Vlaamse Witloof Veldrit.

So this week’s top scoring team was Choppers R Us (Nathan Kiger, USA) with 497 points. That is far and away the best score in the history of the game. Helps when you have 7 races to count on. Second on the week was Freedom Frites (Patrick Twomey, CAN) with 475 points and Frinck (Frans Neirinck, BEL) with 471 points. The All-Star team for this week consisted of Sven Nys (91), Zdenek Stybar (70), Richard Groenendaal (39), Thijs Al (65), Niels Albert (63), Radomir Simunek (56), Daphny Van den Brand (55), Reza Hormes (22), Katie Compton (25), Mirjam Melchers (44), and Rachel Lloyd (36) for a total of 566 points.

At the top of the heap, the picture has not changed, order wise, but the race has become extremely tight. Affurdoma!!! (Ian Terry, USA) still leads the way with 3506 points, but Java (Christian Skinner, USA) is only 3 points behind with 3506. Bergen FK (Jake Sisson, USA) is lurking only 77 points back in third place. (Shaun Radley, USA) rode a 469 point week – good for fourth best on the week – is quickly closing in on the top of the pile and could be a strong candidate for overall victory.

As always, check out the overall standings, and check back in next week when we award points for every national championship under the sun (unless, of course, you’re from the US of A, Canada or Japan… Weirdos).



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