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Re: 2018 Spring Classics CQ game
« on: February 24, 2018, 15:20 »
In last year's races

If we post last year's results for the 20 races that will make up this game, the results will be:

1   So2017   2057
2   AmisVelo   1575
3   Madrazo   1559
4   Zaka_fan   1445
5   Hakkie   1404
6   DJW   1361
7   Russell23   1346
8   Laarsland   1327
9   Scrool07   1305
10   Armchair   1267
11   Blues_in_the_Bottle   1250
12   Nathanptz   1219
13   SemirS   1139
14   Froschi   1092
15   LosBrolin   1075
16   Leadbelly   1051
17   ThePirate81   1024
18   DFA123   1020
19   RoteLaterne   1001
20   Shalgo   989
21   NairoQ   983
22   MellowVelo   974
23   GPBlanco   968
24   Comodoro   939
25   Search   897
25   The_Asian   897
27   Salvarani   896
28   Vladimir   849
29   Squire   841
30   Bbass   791
31   TheArt   757
32   Chiron   642
33   NorthAmericanScum   641
34   Del1962   639
35   Joelsim   594
36   Fauniera   586
37   DJSprtsch   567
38   Kazistuta   542
39   Josedin   417
   CollectiveWisdom   1180

And that table is why the So 2017 team needs explaining.
It came into existence partly because I soon became dis-enamoured of my team (very rapidly collated because Joelsim sent in his squad very early, and largely made by looking at popular picks in the season game and trying to identify those who perform in the classics); partly because I was a bit disappointed that unlike last year no-one had built a team around one of the big names of these events, and such teams are always interesting to track; partly because I had some cancelled work yesterday so I had time to do it; partly because having started compiling the "In last year's races" data, I was intrigued to see how far I could take that; and partly because as game compiler I had the opportunity to cheat and put in a second selection.

So the intention was to calculate the team with the highest possible total score from these races last year.  I suspect that there might be a way of getting Excel to work that out for me (PM me if you could explain), but I only looked at those who generated at least 60% of their 2017 points in these 20 races (having checked that it was not possible to make an improvement by including Kwiatkowski or Van Avermaet) omitting those who had retired, joined teams that will give them few of these rides, or are carrying injuries.  Within those stipulations, I think this is the highest 2017 score team possible (Hakkie: you are usually good at working out best poss permutations), so I submit it as a mathematical selection rather than my second bite at the cherry.
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