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Samu's 2024 Emerging Female Riders CQ Game

Attention: You're now allowed to pick a maximum of 12 riders

Inspired by the fact that I had to look past a lot of young prospects in the selection process for @Armchair cyclist's brilliant game, and also in light of someone (probably accidentally) picking a female neo-pro for the season long men's game, I thought it could be interesting to host an emerging riders game for the women.

The reason why I haven't yet entered any of the men's emerging riders games, has been because I'm way too impatient to wait three years for them to get concluded.
I've therefore decided that this first, and potentially last, edition of this game will solely be based on results from the 2024 season.

Rules
For this trial game, you may select a team of up to 12 female riders, who had scored a maximum of 199 CQ points during their careers before the start of the 2024 season.

You will of course have a better chance of winning if you pick the full 12, but this gives you the opportunity to take part without necessarily having to spend a lot of time researching the women's peloton.
I will probably make subrankings of teams with fewer than 12 riders, so everyone might still be able to win some kind of honour.

CQ points from all 2024 races will count, including races that take place before the submission deadline.

Submission and deadline
I have no idea how many people who will be interested in taking part, but for now I've set the deadline at the start of the European season, which with the introduction of races on Mallorca will be on the 20th of January. Depending on how many entries I've received by then, the deadline could be extended.
But if you want to make sure you get a place in the game, send me your list of riders in a PM before the 20th of January (depending on which timezone you're residing in).

To help me out, it would be much appreciated if you list the riders with the names and formats from the CQ database. Note that riders sometimes get married during the off-season which might result in a name change. The ones I know who have changed names ahead of this season aren't eligible for this game though, but there could easily be some that I have missed. I'll probably be able to spot most mistakes myself, but it would make me very happy if you did your utmost to help me out.

Updates
I will try to keep you updated on how the game unfolds throughout the year, but anyone who's aware of my Amy Pieters Trofee prediction game will know, that I can't promise that I'll do as good of a job as @skidmark and @Armchair cyclist have done in their games. However it should in theory be easier for me to keep track on the scores for this one.
 
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Given how similar to each other some teams tend to get in other CQ games here, how this is only 10 riders and how there are not that many female teams and races, I wouldn't be surprised if we get two identical teams at some point.

I have some riders in mind who could very well end up getting picked by everyone.

Maybe 10 riders aren't enough, but I didn't want to make too difficult for people to put a team together, nor make it harder for myself to keep track of the scores. But if it becomes a recurring game, then I'm very open to increase the number of permitted riders. Also since there are fewer CQ points on offer for the women, 199 CQ points might be too high a limit.
 
To potentially give you an idea of what kind of scores you could expect to achieve, let's take a look at what the best possible team would have been, if this game had been around last season.

If you had selected Gaia Realini (195 points scored prior to 2023), Cédrine Kerbaol (169), Claire Steels (118), Alessia Vigilia (186), Amber Kraak (194), Justine Ghekiere (166), Megan Jastrab (124), Barbara Malcotti (174), Victoire Berteau (99), Linda Zanetti (56), Anniina Ahtosalo (78) and Martina Fidanza (85), you would have ended up with 4619 points at the end of the season.

Only Realini, Jastrab, Ahtosalo and Fidanza were picks in the main CQ game, but that was of course mostly centered around WWT races last year.
 
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hey this is a good idea. And i think the one year length is a good idea also.

Two years might be a better length going forward, cause you never know if a first year pro/senior rider will get her breakthrough straight away. I'm sure everyone would have picked Zoe Bäckstedt, Puck Pieterse and Fem Van Empel if the game had been around last year, but (for different reasons) they are all still eligible now.
 
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I actually have a hard time limiting it to 14 riders as well, but at least I'm pretty sure none of them are retired, currently pregnant or both retired and pregnant ;)

I have received the first entry, apart from own, and I'll be quite surprised if anyone picks a team with a lower average age.
Pregnant or not is hard to say for sure
 
Two years might be a better length going forward, cause you never know if a first year pro/senior rider will get her breakthrough straight away. I'm sure everyone would have picked Zoe Bäckstedt, Puck Pieterse and Fem Van Empel if the game had been around last year, but (for different reasons) they are all still eligible now.
Thanks, I would've missed her for all of the games I'm going to play this year. :p
 
Thanks, I would've missed her for all of the games I'm going to play this year. :p

I was thinking that those three could turn out to be quite popular picks, so I assumed it wouldn't spoil anything to mention them as example. But I also misremembered how popular they were in last year's main game, where Pieterse wasn't even picked (although it was uncertain how many road races she'd do).
 
I was thinking that those three could turn out to be quite popular picks, so I assumed it wouldn't spoil anything to mention them as example. But I also misremembered how popular they were in last year's main game, where Pieterse wasn't even picked (although it was uncertain how many road races she'd do).
My message was to thank you for your efforts in organizing the game. I think that these games with young people help us get to know them better. I wasn't referring to anyone specifically.In any case, I also think that it is better that the organizers never name any specific cyclist :beercheers:.
 
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We are now 7 confirmed players. No teams are completely identical so far.
There are still over 12 days until the submission deadline, so I hope we will have reached double figures by then.

People are of course fully allowed to make their selections based on the results from the Australian races, as well as to be inspired by the teams that are soon to be revealed in @Armchair cyclist's main game.
 
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We are now 7 confirmed players. No teams are completely identical so far.
There are still over 12 days until the submission deadline, so I hope we will have reached double figures by then.

People are of course fully allowed to make their selections based on the results from the Australian races, as well as to be inspired by the teams that are soon to be revealed in @Armchair cyclist's main game.
For soon, read Friday morning (GMT: closes in small hours of Friday ) But that still leaves you a week or so here.
 
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I have received 8 teams now (including my own). No riders have been picked by everyone.

Some of them will probably not be riding this year, but I have a list of almost 1200 riders who I think haven't reached 200 CQ points yet, so there are definitely plenty of names to choose from.