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2018 Spring Classics CQ game

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2018 Spring Classics CQ game

04 Feb 2018 18:37

So there are warm up races, but soon the focus moves further north, and that is when we really get started

Team
12 men Fewer riders than most games, so more reason to make every pick count.

Budget
3000 pts These are (by tradition for this game, dating from the first edition set up by CQ Manager) from the end of year lists, so 2017 points.

Scoring
CQ points from the Springtime one day races classified 1.HC or higher from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Unless disqualifications are announced by time of the release of results from LBL, I will ignore them for the purposes of this game.

We have previously had some 1.1 races, but they have usually contributed little to the game, have had few WT teams in them, and none of them last year met the threshhold that I have held in terms of at least 6 WT teams competing. So unless I am very strongly petitioned over the next week, the points are to be gained in these races:
1 24/02/2018 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 1.WT3
2 25/02/2018 Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne 1.HC
3 03/03/2018 Strade Bianche 1.WT3
4 04/03/2018 GP Industria & Artigianato - Larciano 1.HC
5 11/03/2018 Ronde van Drenthe 1.HC
6 14/03/2018 Nokere Koerse 1.HC
7 16/03/2018 Handzame Classic 1.HC
8 17/03/2018 Milano - Sanremo 1.WT1
9 18/03/2018 GP de Denain - Porte du Hainaut 1.HC
10 21/03/2018 Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde 1.HC
11 23/03/2018 E3 Harelbeke 1.WT2
12 25/03/2018 Gent - Wevelgem 1.WT2
13 28/03/2018 Dwars door Vlaanderen 1.WT3
14 01/04/2018 Ronde van Vlaanderen 1.WT1
15 04/04/2018 Scheldeprijs 1.HC
16 08/04/2018 Paris - Roubaix 1.WT1
17 11/04/2018 Brabantse Pijl 1.HC
18 15/04/2018 Amstel Gold Race 1.WT2
19 18/04/2018 Flèche Wallonne 1.WT2
20 22/04/2018 Liège - Bastogne - Liège 1.WT1

Submitting your team
As ever, in CQ format (eg QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander) to my PM box at Velorooms or Cycling News before the red flag is dropped in the Omloop (24th Feb, time will depend on your location). My bunch of underachievers has been sent to Joelsim, because he was the first to send his to me.

A dropbox spreadsheet here might help you to budget the team and to check the name formats.

Entries as of mid-morning (UK time), 21st February; 3 days to go.
AmisVelo
Armchair
Blues_in_the_Bottle
Comodoro
Fauniera
Hakkie
Joelsim
Kazistuta
LosBrolin
Nathanptz
NorthAmericanScum
RoteLaterne
Russell23
Salvarani
Scrool07
Squire
TheArt
Last edited by Armchair cyclist on 21 Feb 2018 11:28, edited 2 times in total.
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06 Feb 2018 21:18

The best of the in season games. :) Thanks for putting this together year after year.
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09 Feb 2018 12:35

I'll join it one day, when my team is finalized!
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16 Feb 2018 01:11

Nine entries so far, with about 8 1/2 days to go.

There are 52 riders selected so far, of whom 28 are unique picks (every team has at least one).
There are 2 riders on six of the 9 teams, 3 on five of them, and 5 on four teams.

The closer we get to the Omloop, the closer we are to the deadline: don't forget.
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18 Feb 2018 20:47

Just submitted my team. Good luck to all.
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Yesterday 11:24

About 3 days left to get your team in.

17 teams are in so far, with 71 riders selected, 29 of them just the once. There are 6 riders on more than half the teams.

At 3000 points for 12 riders, the average spend is 250/rider. One rider has been selected (only once) who takes up four times that average budget; two men costing more than thrice that have been picked, both multiple times; while of the four riders costing between 500 and 750 that have been chosen, two are on more than half the teams, and one is a unique pick.
Four teams so far have managed to fit in three of these budget-busters, and eight have two of them. Only one team at the moment that is egalitarian enough to have no-one below 500 points.
To make up for these riders, cheaper picks are necessary: 21 riders costing less than 100 points have been nominated, and three of them are on more than half the teams.

Applying last year's results in these races to this year's teams, the scores range from 1585 to 537; popularity ranking scores vary from 35% to 86% of the current Collective Wisdom team's score.
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Re: 2018 Spring Classics CQ game

Yesterday 11:59

No-one below 500 points? That doesnt make any sense :eek:
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Re: 2018 Spring Classics CQ game

Yesterday 12:09

Salvarani wrote:No-one below 500 points? That doesnt make any sense :eek:

I think he meant to write no-one above 500 points ;) I need to try to find some time to create a team tonight. I have so many riders that focus on the classics season in my team for the main game that it shouldn't tak too much time.
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Re: 2018 Spring Classics CQ game

Yesterday 12:12

vladimir wrote:
Salvarani wrote:No-one below 500 points? That doesnt make any sense :eek:

I think he meant to write no-one above 500 points ;) I need to try to find some time to create a team tonight. I have so many riders that focus on the classics season in my team for the main game that it shouldn't tak too much time.


Yeah, I was just being stupid lol :D
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Re: 2018 Spring Classics CQ game

Yesterday 12:17

vladimir wrote:
Salvarani wrote:No-one below 500 points? That doesnt make any sense :eek:

I think he meant to write no-one above 500 points ;) I need to try to find some time to create a team tonight. I have so many riders that focus on the classics season in my team for the main game that it shouldn't tak too much time.

Of course that's what I should have said: apologies.

Nice to know that these analyses do get read at least: maybe I should make mistakes like this more often, just to check...
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