As has become our custom, Lisa & I will be adding to our interest in this year's professional cycling season by following the fortunes of our own fantasy cycling teams. We've been doing this since 1997. We select our teams on the basis of each rider "costing" his total UCI ranking points earned last season divided by ten and rounded to the nearest five, with a minimum cost of twenty points and a maximum of 200. We allow each team 550 points on this basis, with nine riders to be selected. No more than two riders in each team can be selected from the same real life trade team. Throughout the season we score our riders performances in all the major races according to the points system adapted from one used by Roger Hughes in his Fantasy Cycling League. The tables below summarise the fortunes of our teams throughout the season.
As you can see, after leading our private contest for the entire season, my Nightowlers were pipped at the final post by Lisa's Ready Steady Riders, thanks entirely to Chris Boardman retaining his hold on the 1-hour world record throught the season.
In spite of being so far down the league rankings, we enjoyed taking part tremendously. Roger's running another edition of the league this year and we'll both be back; with rather different line-ups. Lisa has her eye on Jacky Durand who delighted viewers of the Tour de France with his commitment to attacking riding, and I'll likely be ditching messers Chiappucci, Rous, Fondriest, and Sciandri and adding another rider to my line-up who might actually score some points for me!
for Ready Steady Riders' results.
|N i g h t o w l e r s|
|R e a d y S t e a d y R i d e r s|
|José María Jimenez||0||0||0||17||0||7||74||0||98||60||1.633|
See above for Nightowlers' results.