Welcome to the second annual Youth CQ Ranking Manager Game, and the first to also appear on Cycling News forum. This game allows you to showcase your knowledge of upcoming youngsters, and hopefully take a gamble on a couple of really young riders.
With the success of Hugo's original game I have found myself much more interested in u23 racing, and wanted to take this interest and make a game of it.
Mr Smith the original financier has been so pleased with the success of the team in 2011/2012(and now also in 2013) and the incredible return on investment, that he decided to launch an under 23 team. He held talks with sporting directors regarding budget and no of riders, and settled on 12-15 riders at 1000 CQ points, in its first year the team already secured some high profile wildcards, and convinced Mr Smith to maintain his support. The likely race programme for 2014 will be attractive to even the most talented riders from the u23 ranks that might otherwise seek places on a WT team.
1. How the game works
The season starts when the first race is held (Australian Road Cycling Championships 8th-12th January 2014) 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 (x.1) is out - submissions can be made to extend the season to include late season smaller races, should there be potential for them to affect the top placings. As was the case in 2013 a victor can be declared earlier if there is no prospect of the leader being overhauled.
Each week I will publish an update similar to the ones for the main game - there may be guest updaters from time to time.
2. On doping
Hopefully doping will have much less of an impact on this game, but main game rules will apply.
3.Submitting your team
3.1. How do I?
You pick between 12 and 15 riders whose combined value doesn’t exceed 1000 points and send the list to the YouthCQ account (see post below).
Riders need to fit one of the following two main criteria
i) be a first year professional rider (of any age), be it at World Tour or Professional Continental team.
ii) be riding at Continental level or lower, born in 1989 or younger, without having previously ridden as a professional.
For clarity, riders should not have already ridden a full year as a professional at either World Tour or Professional Continental level – riding as a stagiaire does not prevent selection. Riders who have signed their first pro contract in August (or later), are consider for the purposes of this game as no different from stagiaire riders.
Players of the game are strongly encouraged to include at least two riders from 1992 or younger who will ride at ProConti level (ie eligible for u23 world champs) or lower and one rider from 1992 or younger who will ride at Continental level or lower (ie will be riding x.2, x.2u, x.NC races).