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Play the CQ Manager Game 2024!

Hey cyclingnews friends,

the 14th edition of the CQ Manager Game is starting in just 6 days, so this is an annual post in the Road Racing forum to serve as a reminder for returning players or a heads-up for those who may not have heard of it before. I'm aware of the likelihood that many forum users don't regularly visit the Games and Fantasy Cycling section, so this post is also intended to call attention to the game and that forum in general. Lots of fun stuff going on there that can make following cycling even more interesting!

The premise of the game is simple - you act as a team manager, picking between 25 and 33 riders for the year, spending no more than 7500 CQ points (as detailed by cqranking.com). Cyclingnews forums poster Hugo Koblet invented the game, and since 2011 it has become a tradition for many folks on here - last year there were 103 teams, and it would be great to keep that up.

Anyway, details are to be found on this thread. I recognize this is being posted in the road forum, and don't intend for this to be a discussion thread here - I wanted to post it temporarily here for a few days (deadline for entry is 23:59 CET January 2nd), since it's the offseason and folks may not be aware of its existence. If you haven't played before, you should try it out! Even if it might be a bit of a learning curve, you'll have plenty of riders to follow throughout the ups and downs of the year, and you might gain an interest in races you never really knew about before.

If you have questions etc, I encourage you to ask them in the main game thread I've linked to, or by PM.

(note to mods: I've asked if it's okay to post this reminder thread here in PRR in the past, and it has been fine - let me know if anything has changed)
Even if you don't manage to get a team to Skidmark today, you still have CQ game options starting this month:
  • The Emerging Riders game closes on 16th of January with the start of the Tour Down Under
  • The Women's CQ Game closes on 12th Jan, BUT "Any points earned before your team is submitted (eg from Australian national championships) will not be credited to your team." So if you have women who might pick up points in the Australian TT championships, you need to have the team to me before the small hours of tomorrow morning (European time) to get full value from them, or at least by late night Saturday (again, European scheduling) to get credit for what they might do in the Road Race.
About 11 1/2 hours from the timestamp of this post to get your teams in for the

2024-26 Emerging Riders CQ game

32 teams in so far, with 132 different riders, 8 of whom are on at least half the teams.

It will only a few minutes to enter (no need to balance a budget, and a long list of eligible riders to be found in the thread) and give you three years of interest. The best value CQ game around.

Teams in before the riders start rolling in the TDU please.
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