Welcome to the 2012 CQ Ranking Manager Game!
Do you think you know a lot about up and coming youngsters? Do you have a good grasp of which riders have been underperforming? Are you eager to show that you know which riders will have a break through season?
Then this game is something for you.
Last year we had a great battle between ingsve and Waterloo Sunrise for the win. In the end, ingsve ran away with the title and, amazingly, fulfilled his promise that he would win the game.
Last year was also a sort of a pilot version of the game. Regrettably I published a lot of teams and then allowed others to join the game, which may he influenced some teams. The reason was that I wasn't aware that you could create a smart spreadsheet which easily could be updated, and once I discovered that, I allowed anyone to join instead of the proclaimed 25 entrants only.
This year anyone who wish to join is more than welcome, and I promise that no teams will be revealed before after the final deadline.
The 25-33 riders and 7500 points maximum were also some pretty random limits, but it turned out that it actually worked pretty well. At least as seems as though most people were quite happy with these limitations which was also expressed in the evaluation thread.
A few minor adjustments have been made though as rulings on doped riders have been changed which you can read more about in the rules.
I hope you'll like the game, but if you're a cycling fan, I'm sure you will. This is your opportunity to show off your cycling knowledge and claim bragging rights. Even with the minor bumps in the road last year I think the game was a succes and I'm sure most had a lot of fun picking their teams and following their chosen riders carefully throughout the season.
Hopefully this season will be even better, and I hope to see even more entrants than last years 87. Have fun analyzing, researching and finally picking your team!
Below are the official rulings. If you have any questions regarding the game itself or any ruling, please write them in this thread so that everyone else can see the answer aswell. If you have any questions regarding any specific rider and his value, please do not post your question in this thread, but send me a PM instead. This way we make sure that as little information about anyone's team and riders in general are revealead.
1. How the game works:
1.1. The aim of the game:
When the season has finished, your team will have obtained a new value based on how many CQ points your riders score throughout the season.
The aim of the game is to be the one whose team have the highest aggregated score at the end of the season, regardless of how many points were used on the team.
The season starts when the first race is held and ends when the last major race (.1 or higher) is held. The winner will be crowned when the next update after the last major race is out.
CQRanking.com usually uploads an update every week. Based on this update I load the points into a spreadsheet and upload it for everyone to see.
2. On picking your team:
2.1. Team size:
Your team must consists of anywhere from 25-33 riders.
2.2. Rider value:
A riders value is set based on his last active season. For the majority of the riders this value is the amount of points they scored in the 2011 season. However, some exceptions from this rule are made. For more on this, read "4. On doping".
A rider who for any other reason than suspension due to doping didn't score any points - either because he didn't score any points in the races he rode or because he didn't ride any races - is valued at zero points.
2.3. Team value:
The aggregated value of your teams riders must not exceed 7500 points.
3. Submitting your team:
3.1. How to?
If you wish to join the game just send me a PM with your team outlined like this:
LAST NAMES First names
LAST NAMES First names
And nothing else. Please don't add anything else like value of the rider after the name etc.
Please note that the name must be excatly like it is written on CQRanking.com otherwise the value won't show, so the easiest thing to do is to just copy the name from the homepage.
You can send me your team now if you wish. However, note that is still racing to be done this season so the riders final value isn't up yet.
The final update on CQRanking.com is usually done on December 31 so at that point the values should be final.
The deadline for sending in your team will be announced later on - it will be between December 31 and the first race of the season. I will update here once I know when that is.
You can also change your team up untill this point. Just send me a PM with your new team.
4. On doping:
4.1. Previous doped riders:
You are free to pick riders who have been convicted for using doping as long as their suspension is over. This means that you are not allowed to pick riders who's suspension will be lifted after the first race of the 2012 season has been raced. For instance, David Garcia Dapena is suspended untill October 6 2012 and is thus not eligible to be picked.
This also affects riders provisionally suspended.
A rider returning from a suspension will have a value equivalent to that of his last full season before his suspension. Hence if a rider was banned for two years on July 5th 2009 his last full season would be the 2008 season, and his value would therefore be that of 2008.
4.1.1. Special cases:
Doping is a controversial issue and so is it in this game. There will always be some grey areas so I have to decide what the best thing to do is in special cases. This is why I've decided to create this point and publish values of riders who fall into this category. If you spot someone who might fall into this, please send me a PM.
Ezequiel Mosquera Miquez:
is only suspended by his team and is thus eligable to ride. Even though his case was dropped at WADA, doping has still influenced his 2010 and 2011 season and his value is therefore that of his 2009 score.
Oscar Sevilla Ribera:
even though his case was dropped at WADA, doping has still influenced his 2010 and 2011 season and his value is therefore that of his 2009 score.
was suspended from July 2009 untill July 2011. Even though he only had a contract with Rabobank untill August 14 2008, his contract wasn't officially terminated because of doping. His value is therefore that of his 2008 score.
was suspended for two years untill April 27 2011. However, he was stripped off his silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, hence his doping case also affected his 2008 season and his value is therefore that of his 2007 score.
even though it's not stated on CQRanking.com, Valjavec is currently serving a two-year ban, and is thus not eligible to be picked for the 2012 season.
Rui Alberto Faria Costa:
Costa was suspended from October 2010 untill March 2011 and his value is therefore that of his 2009 score.
4.2. Riders getting suspended during the season:
If a rider is suspended during the season it will have no immediate impact on his score. Only if he is convicted and his points are stripped on CQ Ranking's homepage will his points be adjusted in this game as well.
This means that a riders points is exactly as it is stated on CQRanking.com when the season is finished - I only download an update and load these points into the spreadsheet.
I think that about covers it. If anything is missing from the regulations, please let me know.
Hopefully we'll all have a lot of fun picking our teams and during the season - remember: it's only a game!
Finally, remember to visit CQRanking.com and support them - without their great work it wouldn't be possible to create this game.