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2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
« on: February 13, 2017, 23:48 »
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You need to pick 12 riders, to a budget of 3000 points from the 31 December 2016 CQ download (so you can use your research from the main or youth games): this spreadsheet at Dropbox might help.
All riders are available (except Sagan, who would more than blow the budget single-handed), there are no doper rules.

There are 20 one day races that score CQ points in this game (one more than last year):
25/2  Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 1.WT3
25/2  Sud Ardeche - 1.1
26/2 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne - 1.HC
26/2 Drome Classic - 1.1
1/3  Le Samyn - 1.1
4/3  Strade Bianche - 1.WT3
5/3  GP Industria & Artigianato - 1.HC
5/3  Dwars door West-Vlaanderen - 1.1
15/3  Nokere Koerse - 1.HC
18/3  Milano - Sanremo - 1.WT1
22/3  Dwars door Vlaanderen - 1.WT3
24/3  E3 Harelbeke - 1.WT2
26/3  Gent - Wevelgem - 1.WT2
2/4  Ronde van Vlaanderen - 1.WT1
5/4  Scheldeprijs - 1.HC
9/4  Paris - Roubaix - 1.WT1
12/4  Brabantse Pijl - 1.HC
16/4  Amstel Gold Race - 1.WT2
19/4  La Flèche Wallonne - 1.WT2
23/4  Liège - Bastogne - Liège - 1.WT1

This comprises all of the European 1.WT and 1.HC races, and any 1.1 race that had at least 1/3 of the WT teams (i.e. at least 6) last year. Ardeche and Drome had 8, as did Dwars door West-Vlaanderen (albeit as a 3 day race, now one day), while Le Samyn had 7 and so those four are in.  Missing the cut are: Ronde van Drenthe(1 WT team in 2016), Handzame Classic (5), Loire Atlantique (2), Cholet - Pays De Loire (2)(is this on this year?), Adélie de Vitré (2), Limburg Classic (2), GP Miguel Indurain (5), Vuelta a La Rioja (2), La Roue Tourangelle (2), Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta (1), Giro dell'Appennino (1), Paris-Camembert (1), Tour du Finistère (2) and Tro-Bro Léon(2).

Points should be higher than previously, as 5 races have been upgraded: Omloop, Strade Bianche and Dwars door Vlaanderen are at the new WT3 level, while Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and GP Industria & Artigianato (not in last year's edition, as there had not been a 2015 edition) have gone up to HC level.

Lugano has changed its date to May, and so is now outside the date range of this game: GP Nobili Rubinetterie was listed last year, but didn't happen, nor is it scheduled this year.  But Dwars door West Vlaanderen and GP Industria make up for that.

Entering
PM to me either at CN or at Velorooms by the beginning of the Omloop on Saturday 25 February (probably mid-morning GMT)
Please submit names in CQ format (easily cut and pasted from the dropbox spreadsheet above) with nothing else on each line.  I have sent my team to the first entrant, Hakkie.


Teams in so far up to midnight on Thursday night (UTC)
All_In
AmisVelo
Archieboy
Armchair
Carlo_Algatrensig
ChrisDK
Comodoro
Crevaison
Del1962
DJW
EvansIsTheBest
GPBlanco
Hakkie
Joelsim
JustSomeGuy
Kazistuta
Kjellus
Leadbelly
LosBrolin
Madrazo
MellowVelo
RoteLaterne
Russell23
Scrool07
Search
SemirS
Shalgo
Spokenspin
Squire
Togo95
TomJelte
Trudgin
Vladimir

One team is still over budget: the manager hasn't opened his PM in over 5 days.  Otherwise, if you are listed here, your team is fine (in terms of the rules, if not necessarily of competitiveness)

Good luck to all.
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  • « Last Edit: March 04, 2017, 21:51 by Armchair Cyclist »

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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 08:07 »
    right then there goes today :lol
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 12:35 »
    Picked and entered.

     :cool
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 12:36 »
    wow Joel I am finding this year really hard to get 12 riders I would want into 3000
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 12:53 »
    got a team finally under 3000 to Barbie or not to Barbie is always the question
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 13:28 »
    wow Joel I am finding this year really hard to get 12 riders I would want into 3000

    Tricky I agree.

    I've had to go for Merckx, Pantani & Hinault in order to get in budget.
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 13:29 »
    got a team finally under 3000 to Barbie or not to Barbie is always the question

    It'll never be a question. Out. As ever. I don't think he's ever featured in a team of mine except a couple of times in stages on road.cc when I haven't been able to afford who I wanted.

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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #7 on: February 14, 2017, 21:15 »
    2,999 and actually happy as a .......
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  • I love Italian cycling, well cyclists & the odd Spaniard, oh & that 1 particular Slovakian  then there are those with names  that are great fun - zzzdnek steeeebar & Tieeeeeeeesj Benoooot

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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 06:38 »
    2,999 and actually happy as a .......

    wow you will be proud of me I looked at Sonny yesterday now he rides a full classics season plus all the Italian , but no 
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #9 on: February 15, 2017, 06:43 »
    wow you will be proud of me I looked at Sonny yesterday now he rides a full classics season plus all the Italian , but no

    Priced out the market.... who'd a thought that a couple of years ago  :o :o :o :o
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 12:49 »
    Picked and entered.

     :cool

    Gaviria + 11 names out of a hat?  :shh
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #11 on: February 15, 2017, 12:52 »
    New Amstel profile changes things a lot
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #12 on: February 15, 2017, 13:26 »
    Think I've got a pretty decent team together, 5-6 fairly solid picks, 3-4 back ups and 3 cheap ones with potential to score well.
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #13 on: February 15, 2017, 13:28 »
    Think I've got a pretty decent team together, 5-6 fairly solid picks, 3-4 back ups and 3 cheap ones with potential to score well.

    my team is ok down to number 8 then 2 cheap riders plus 2 I have never heard of

    Still on the Barbie or not too barbie

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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #14 on: February 15, 2017, 13:55 »
    Gaviria + 11 names out of a hat?  :shh

    Somefink like that, yes.
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #15 on: February 15, 2017, 20:19 »


    oh no, I'm torn now.... you all reminded me about Nando  :o :o i dont know what to do... but if you all have him



    AAARRRGGGHHHHHHH BUGGERS
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #16 on: February 16, 2017, 10:08 »

    FYI FOLKS

    The lovely Nando is riding in the Colombian championships at end of Feb beginning of March

    Not around for K_B_K and Ompoop at least
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #17 on: February 17, 2017, 11:34 »
    A fair few riders in the 100-200 range with the potential to score well. I'm stuck choosing between 4 Scandis
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #18 on: February 18, 2017, 12:11 »
    In the first eight teams submitted,we have 58 riders named.   The most popular is on 5 teams, but there are four named four times, and another 4 in three teams, while 35 are unique picks.  Two freebies have been called up: two men have been considered worth more than 1/4 of the team budget on their own. 

    I think there are 14 nations represented, and the age span is, I believe, 22 to 36.
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #19 on: February 20, 2017, 12:28 »
    Team in after tinkering today

    ended up with only 1 rider I have never heard of, so that was nice

    Found a couple of riders I have not even considered, no Barbie  :o  :(

    Not 1 Australian

    Not sure I will do that well on the popularity stakes had both Big and Little ------ but dropped them today Amstel changing means a fair bit for the game I think
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #20 on: February 20, 2017, 13:42 »
    My teams in too

    All WT riders, 7 who I'm pretty sure will score at least some points, 2 who might pick up a handful, three picks for less than 150 total who may or may not score points but certainly should get a few races.

    Definitely targeting the cobbles but have a couple of Ardennes riders in there, and have gone mainly for guys likely to be leading their teams in their respective races

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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #21 on: February 20, 2017, 13:56 »
    Mine was first team submitted I think.

    2 ProConti and 10 WT.

    4 over 500 points each and a load of fillers pretty much.  :lol

    6 of my riders add up to 164 points total.
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #22 on: February 20, 2017, 15:18 »
    sent in my team as well:

    *be *be *be *be *be *be
    *nl *nl
    *dk
    *fr
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    10xWT, 2xPCT. Average age: 28,8
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #23 on: February 20, 2017, 22:38 »
    *be *be *be *be *be *be
    *cz
    *es
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    *it *it
    *pt

    10 WT
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #24 on: February 20, 2017, 22:59 »
    *be *be *be *be *be *be
    *cz
    *es
    *fr
    *it *it
    *pt

    10 WT
    1PCT
    1 Conti

    Average age - 28

    And currently bottom of the popularity table...
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #25 on: February 21, 2017, 06:31 »
    And currently bottom of the popularity table...

    this normally makes me very happy... but its the short game, the classics  :( but everybody else has Nando who will go on a Bananito worthy binge when he wins in Colombia.... and vanish for the season  ;)
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #26 on: February 21, 2017, 08:38 »
    My countries will give away most of my team but I have riders from 7 different countries with *be and *dk having mutiple riders

     #vlaanderen is my multiple team
    1 each from
    #sky
    #ag2r
    #bahrain
    #trek
    #lotto
    #jumbo
    #katusha
    #astana
    #wanty
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #27 on: February 21, 2017, 10:32 »
    My riders.

    1.   #nippo *co
    2.   #lotto *be
    3.   #movistar *ec
    4.   #orica *dk
    5.   #trek *de
    6.   #bmc *ch
    7.   #sky *gb
    8.   #quickstep *co
    9.   #ag2r *fr
    10. #astana *it
    11. #katusha *co
    12. #wanty *be
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #28 on: February 21, 2017, 12:27 »
    *be *be *be *be *gb *gb *gb  *de *ch *no *lv *nl

     #sky #sky #sky #trek #trek #orica #bmc #fdj #ag2r #lotto #jumbo #bora
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    Re: 2017 Spring Classics CQ Game
    « Reply #29 on: February 22, 2017, 00:25 »
    I will be away for most of the day on Friday, and overnight until late on Saturday,  I don't think I'll have internet access, so I will keep the closing time as already announced (Start of the Omloop, I believe it is 11:45 am CET, 10:45UTC on Saturday) but I won't be able to post team lists or analysis of the teams until Sunday morning (by which time I should have results of 2 races to include).  If anyone wants to announce their own team anytime after the Saturday morning cut off, feel free.

    This means that if you might need your team to be checked, and hope for time to change if there is a problem, you only have until about midnight on Thursday night (48 hours from the time of this message): after that, you run the risk of having a rider removed if you miscalculate.

    By late on Tuesday (well, early Wednesday), we have 24 teams, 101 riders, of whom 54 are unique picks and 4 are on more than 1/3 of the teams.
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