Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Femmtastics (and the MereCats)

Number 4! Numer 4!  Woo hoo!  Way to kick @$$, LADIES!

Wtf, you say?

Since I've not allowed myself to train the last few months and may or may not doing any more racing, I've scratched that itch virtually by playing FSA's directeur sportif game sponsored by Podium Cafe, which does a great job covering women's racing.  Yes, that's right.... a fantasy cycling league.  When you sign up, you get a certain number of points that constitute your budget, then you have to hire a certain number of riders. You only get to do it once - no trades, no do-overs.  You're stuck with who you picked and can only cheer or groan accordingly.

The riders are priced according to the previous year's ranking, so as you can imagine, top racers are incredibly expensive and one realizes the budget is woefully inadequate in about 30 seconds.  I decided to play at the last minute and selected both a women and men's team in a couple of days.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to The Femmtastics  who a currently ranked 4/308.  YAY!  My Mere Cats (709/917) are much lower, but Contador did take his second Tirreno-Adriatico stage this morning, so I have hopes.   Who knows?  Maybe even "On-Sale Andy" will pay out later in the season, and you'd think anyone with "Steel" or "Stig" in their name should at least win one race this season.

The Femmtastics
Country Trade Team Rider Price Prev Score ↓
1. GBR DLT Elizabeth Armitstead 20 1126 780
2. SWE GEW Emma Johansson 60 6104 690
3. USA ALE Shelley Olds 20 1437 275
4. GBR GIW Lucy Garner 6 336 200
5. NED RBW Thalita de Jong 1 310 170
6. USA SLU Carmen Small 14 1276 0
7. USA DLT Megan Guarnier 10 562 0
8. AUS LBL Amy Cure 6 786 0
9. AUS GEW Gracie Elvin 4 90 0
10. GER WHT Charlotte Becker 2 315 0
11. LTU RVL Inga Cilvinaite 2 195 0
12. GBR WHT Laura Trott 2 90 0
13. USA TIB Amanda Miller 1 55 0
14. AUS WHT Peta Mullens 1 0 0
15. GBR WHT Joanna Rowsell 1 100 0
Total: 15 riders 150 12782 2115

and The Mere Cats
Country UCI Team UCI Cat Rider Price Prev Score ↓
1. SVK CAN PRT Peter Sagan 40 3580 240
2. USA BMC PRT Taylor Phinney 14 552 100
3. ESP TCS PRT Alberto Contador 16 904 80
4. FRA BEL PRT Jonathan Hivert 2 160 40
5. GER TNE PROF Paul Voss 1 80 15
6. GBR MOV PRT Alex Dowsett 4 195 2
7. GER GIA PRT Marcel Kittel 20 1150 0
8. USA BMC PRT Tejay van Garderen 16 875 0
9. LUX TFR PRT Andy Schleck 8 15 0
10. COL GRS PRT Janier Acevedo 6 330 0
11. UKR AST PRT Andriy Grivko 4 431 0
12. GBR OGE PRT Simon Yates 4 140 0
13. POR GRS PRT Andre Cardoso 2 145 0
14. USA BMC PRT Peter Stetina 2 100 0
15. ESP EUK CONT Carlos Barbero Questa 1 70 0
16. BEL LTB PRT Stig Broeckx 1 30 0
17. USA UHC PROF Ken Hanson 1 80 0
18. BEL OPQ PRT Iljo Keisse 1 50 0
19. GBR GRS PRT David Millar 1 50 0
20. KAZ TRK CONT Andrey Mizourov 1 100 0
21. SLO LAM PRT Jan Polanc 1 70 0
22. COL CAN PRT Cayetano Sarmiento 1 20 0
23. BEL TSV PROF Stijn Steels 1 50 0
24. AUS GRS PRT Steele Von Hoff 1 45 0
25. USA OPM CONT Tom Zirbel 1 100 0
Total: 25 riders 150 9322 477

Selecting the men's riders was difficult because points can be earned in minor races too, so you really have to know not just the pro tour guys, but everyone to do well.  In any case, I enjoyed watching racing before, but the emotional investment of selecting someone for "my" team has rendered it even more entertaining.
  

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