UCI World Tour Cycling
I. Short version
This is a fantasy league in which you take over one of the 18 World Tour teams, sign up to 30 riders in a series of auctions, and give them multi-year contracts within your total salary cap.
Then you choose 8/9 guys to score for you in each race based on the real-life results, and redo the bidding for riders out of contract and neo-pros each January.
I'm organizing this together with profsl.com - a bunch of American guys who know a bit about cycling and A LOT about advanced fantasy games. We keep it simple so that their heads don't explode, but if this goes well we could easily add more features/races/teams next year.
II. Long version
The rules are not set in stone, this is the first draft.
Each team starts with zero riders and is equally rich. It can spend €5M per year on salaries. Each team can have at most 30 riders and will start with 3-5 keepers from the real-life team, with real-life salaries.
Bids are in format of total contract value. The minimum bid is €30k and the minimum increment is €10k. Note that the number of years does not need to be listed until the bid is won. The resulting salary will be the final bid divided by number of years, rounded up to the next €10k. The winning bid will be the highest total contract amount.
Whether each player is auctioned in a separate thread at the ProFSL website or with a one time secret bid is being discussed, see the brainstorming thread.
Bidding will be done for players before the league starts and as well as during free agency each following winter. You will be bidding on the whole amount of the contract. Example: If a team bids €4M for Cadel Evans, then that declares that the entire value of his contract is €4M, and they can still choose between 1 year €4M, 2 years €2M per, or 3 years €1.34M per. If he retires earlier, tough luck. Contract guidelines are:
Salary range, Maximum Years
€100k or less (per year) = 1 year
€110k - €990k = 2 years
€1M or higher = 3 years
Example: Astana sign Andy Schleck for €2.4M. Based on this amount, they are only able to sign him to a contract up to 2 years, because if Andy's total salary was broken down over 3 years, it would only be €800k per year, not the €1M that is required for a 3 year contract. Nevertheless, if the bid was won at €2.4M then a higher total contract amount can be awarded.
Until the evening before the race (until 23h59 local time), every team chooses 8 riders (9 for the Grand Tours) that represent them in this race. Only these riders will score points if they do well IRL. These points are added up in the individual ranking. According to the UCI rules, the team ranking is obtained by adding up the points obtained by the five best riders in the individual ranking. The ranking of teams in the event of a tie will be determined by the place of their best rider in the individual ranking.
Two teams can at any point exchange riders and their contracts, as long as it keeps them within the salary cap. The added dimensions would be e.g. taking a risk on a rider you saw shine in a lesser race, or dumping big salaries in preparation for next year's free agency.
With enough salary cap space and enough space on the team bus, you can always start an auction for a free rider during the season. You're required to inform all other teams about this.
Teams to choose from, a quick overview of scoring rules, and the calendar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_UCI_World_Tour
In case registration goes slowly, we might want to forget Tour Down Under this year.
III. What to do
1. Take a look at the league page: http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?board=1107.0
1. Create an account on profsl.com
2. PM me @Garfield there (as in: not here) using this format:
#1 favourite team:
#2 favourite team:
#3 favourite team:
#4 favourite team:
#5 favourite team:
(I don't believe in any first come first serve crap, so instead I'll try to decide fairly once everybody lets me know. You'll find the 18 available teams in the Wiki link above.)