Each player takes the role of a Directeur Sportif of a professional cycling team. The aim of the contest is to select the best possible team of 9 riders to compete in each of the major Spring Classics - the historic one-day races that form the spine of the early-season cycling calendar.
Directeurs must select their 9 riders based on a budget, and can change their team between races to remain competitive across each event. The better the riders perform during each event, the more points they will accumulate for their fantasy directeur sportif.
The Velogames Fantasy Spring Classics campaign begins with Milano - Sanremo on Saturday 23rd March and continues through 11 races until Liege - Bastogne - Liege on Sunday 28th April.
Velogames Fantasy Cycling is not an official partner of, nor claims any association with, any professional cycling race organisation, any international sporting body or any professional cycling team.
Players must use the official entry form pages to submit their team. Team entries must be submitted before the entry deadline for each race, else they will only become effective at the next available deadline.
The entry deadline for the first race of the Fantasy Spring Classics Series is 10:00 CET on Saturday 23rd March 2019, just as the riders are rolling out for the start of Milano-Sanremo!
Users may enter Fantasy Spring Classics at any point, and their team will start scoring points from the next race.
The deadline for entries to be submitted is 10:00 CET (Central European Time) on Saturday 23rd March 2019. Make sure to check how your own time zone differs from Central European Time to make sure you meet the entry deadline!
Team Selection Criteria
In order that each player creates a balanced team, the following important constraint is placed on team selection:
In order that each directeur creates a balanced team for each race, standard team directeurs are given 100 credits (the Velogames currency) to select their team of 9 riders.
Each rider is given a value in credits, based on their prospective points-scoring abilities. The credits values are based on past results and recent form, with an emphasis towards those riders who have been successful in previous editions of the Spring Classics.
Rider credit values will not change for the duration of the Fantasy Spring Classics series.
For the Velogames Fantasy Spring Classics series, there are no other team selection criteria apart from staying within the credit limit and selecting a squad of 9 riders.
Pre-Game Team Changes
Each directeur can select, and then make unlimited changes to, their squad of 9 riders prior to the entry deadline for the first race of the season, Milano - Sanremo. The entry deadline for Milano - Sanremo is set at 10:00 CET (Central European Time) on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
Once the deadline has passed, each directeur's team selection is "locked in" and cannot be changed while the race is in progress - any subsequent changes will only take effect at the deadline for the next race in the series.
In-Game Team Changes
Velogames Fantasy Spring Classics allows directeurs to change their roster of 9 riders between races, in order to keep their team competitive throughout the season.
Velogames directeurs can make unlimited changes to their 9 rider squad in between each event.
Unlike in previous iterations of the Fantasy Spring Classics season, there are no transfer limits and no restriction on the number of team changes each directeur can make.
Team changes become effective at the next upcoming deadline for the following race - at which point each team selection is "locked in" and cannot be changed while the race is in progress - any subsequent changes will only take effect at the deadline for the next race in the series.
Race Selection Deadlines
There is a deadline ahead of each race when team rosters are locked.
If any change of riders is made after the published race deadlines, the change will not take effect until the following race. So make sure to get your changes in ahead of the deadline for each race!
The schedule for the Velogames Fantasy Spring Classics contests is shown below.
|1||23 March 2019||10:00:00 CET||Milano - Sanremo||Cat 1|
|2||29 March 2019||12:00:00 CET||E3 BinckBank Classic||Cat 2|
|3||31 March 2019||11:00:00 CEST||Gent - Wevelgem||Cat 2|
|4||03 April 2019||12:00:00 CEST||Dwars door Vlaanderen||Cat 2|
|5||07 April 2019||10:30:00 CEST||Ronde van Vlaanderen||Cat 1|
|6||10 April 2019||12:00:00 CEST||Scheldeprijs||Cat 2|
|7||14 April 2019||10:30:00 CEST||Paris - Roubaix||Cat 1|
|8||17 April 2019||12:30:00 CEST||De Brabantse Pijl||Cat 2|
|9||21 April 2019||10:30:00 CEST||Amstel Gold Race||Cat 1|
|10||24 April 2019||11:00:00 CEST||La Fleche Wallonne||Cat 2|
|11||28 April 2019||10:00:00 CEST||Liege - Bastogne - Liege||Cat 1|
Note that all times listed above are local time in Western Europe, which is usually one hour ahead of British time and five hours ahead of US Eastern Time. It is the responsibility of directeurs to make sure they submit their selections on time. Remember that Central European Summer Time begins on Sunday 31st March 2019 and that not all territories around the World change their clocks on the same day!
Points are allocated to riders based on their real-life performance in each event, subject to the Velogames Fantasy Classics Scoring System.
Points are awarded in three categories: Finishing Positions, Assists and Breakaways.
Points for Finishing Positions make up the major amount of points available, and are awarded to the top 20 classified finishers in the race.
Points for Assists are awarded to the real-life team-mates of riders who finish in the top three, to recognise the efforts that go into putting a team's rider into a winning position.
In order to score assist points, a rider must start the race - but they do not have to complete the course.
Points for Breakaways are awarded to the riders who animate the race in its early stages and also those involved at the head of affairs during the crunch moments leading up the the finale.
There are four nominated Breakaway Points Sectors during each event, where the riders in the leading group on the road will all score points.
The first Breakaway Points Sector is based around half-distance, and the remaining Breakaway Points Sectors are located in the famous locations where each race is usually decided.
Breakaway Points Sectors will be published in good time before the deadline for each event, based on the final race routes that are published.
Breakaway Points Sectors for each race are shown below.
For the purposes of points scoring, a "leading group" of riders is a group of 20 riders or less, with a gap of more than five seconds to the next rider or group of riders on the road.
Velogames will review video footage and race reports to ensure an accurate distribution of Breakaway Points, but in all cases the decison of Velogames is final.
For a full breakdown of how to score points in Velogames Fantasy Classics, please visit the Scoring System page.
Breakaway Points Sectors
Points are awarded at the following locations on each race route.
|MILANO - SANREMO|
|1||Passo del Turchino (summit)||142km|
|2||Capo Mele (summit)||240km|
|4||Poggio di Sanremo (summit)||286km|
|E3 BINCKBANK CLASSIC|
|1||Feed Zone 2||72km|
|3||Oude Kwaremont (summit)||165km|
|GENT - WEVELGEM|
|2||Kemmelberg I (summit)||177km|
|3||Kemmelberg II (summit)||217km|
|4||Geluwe (10km to go banner)||242km|
|DWARS DOOR VLAANDEREN|
|RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN|
|1||Oude Kwaremont I(summit)||119km|
|4||Paterberg II (summit)||254km|
|1||Feed Zone I||97km|
|3||Schoten (1st passage)||169km|
|4||Schoten (2nd passage)||186km|
|PARIS - ROUBAIX|
|2||Trouée d'Arenberg (exit)||164km|
|4||Carrefour de l'Arbre-Gruson (exit)||244km|
|DE BRABANTSE PIJL|
|2||Overijse (1st passage)||125km|
|3||Overijse (2nd passage)||149km|
|4||Overijse (3rd passage)||172km|
|AMSTEL GOLD RACE|
|1||Finish Line (1st passage)||56km|
|2||Finish Line (2nd passage)||177km|
|3||Finish Line (3rd passage)||245km|
|LA FLECHE WALLONNE|
|2||Mur de Huy I (summit)||138km|
|3||Mur de Huy II (summit)||166km|
|4||Cote de Cherave (summit)||190km|
|LIEGE - BASTOGNE - LIEGE|
|2||Cote de la Redoute (summit)||219km|
|3||Côte des Forges (summit)||231km|
|4||Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons (summit)||241km|
Scores become "confirmed" for Velogames purposes at 23:00 CET during the evening on the day of each race.
If a rider is removed from the race standings after this deadline, for any reason, the points gained for that stage will stand.
Immediate disqualifications or declassifications (such as for irregular sprinting) will be taken into account when distributing Velogames points, as long as these penalties are announced before 23:00 CEST.
Back-dated disqualifications and reversal of results (even for doping offences) will not be taken into account after the 23:00 CET deadline, and the rider will keep his points.
This rule certainly should not be viewed as an acceptance of doping. The technical and gameplay issues surrounding back-dated scoring adjustments are difficult. Also, it is not fair to excessively punish players who have selected a rider in good faith, even if that rider is subsequently exposed as a cheater.
Neutralised and Cancelled Races
If the race is neutralised for any reason by riders or race organisation, then no stage points (finish, sprints, summits, breaks or stage assists) will be distributed following the point of neutralisation.
If breakaway points zones have been reached prior to neutralisation, these points will be added as normal.
Each leaderboard is formed from the total points gained by each team.
There are two main types of leaderboard: the Overall Leaderboard and Race Leaderboards.
The Overall Leaderboard is made up of the cumulative points total gained across the 11 races that make up the Velogames Fantasy Spring Classics contest, and is the main leaderboard in the game.
Individual Race Leaderboards are for the lesser glory of winning each of the 11 events that make up the series.
Entry Fees and Prizes
The Velogames Fantasy Classics series is a free-to-play game, with all users entitled to one team in the game.
There are currently no prizes on offer for this series, apart from eternal glory for the winner!