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Fantasy Cycling in 2024

So, after the fun with the Tour de France this year it was almost the end for FC – we have an old codebase that's difficult to update and at some point we'll either have to fully rebuild it (expensive) or turn it off (unpopular); we nearly turned it off. Even with volunteers doing a lot of the legwork during the season it still costs us money to run overall, and one of the stalwarts of the volunteer force has stepped down this year. A massive thanks to Condor Andy who's done an enormous amount of work behind the scenes.

The main issue with the game code is scale: it doesn't scale up particularly well and in the big tours it sometimes falls over. why this should be the case now, when player numbers are a lot lower than they were in early years, isn't clear: again, it's probably down to legacy issues in the code which have been difficult to pinpoint.

Anyway, we're in a position where we don't really want to turn off the game, but sometimes it struggles to cope with a big influx of new players. So the solution is really an obvious one. Starting with the Giro d'Italia this year, the FC game will be available for road.cc subscribers only. That will allow us to manage the player numbers and server resources through the season to avoid the big spikes for the grand tours (especially the Tour de France) and we're hoping that it will increase the number of subscribers too, which will mean we can make the game revenue neutral and hopefully work to a place where we can rebuild it properly.

We're aiming to follow the UCI worldtour calendar as usual and the Tour Down Under will be open in the week before it starts.

If you're new please join in and if you have questions pop them below and the forum regulars will answer as best we can.

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ORICA-Jase | 2 months ago
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No Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne game this year as part of Spring Classics?

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tony kappler | 2 months ago
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Iv'e alerted Dave to the fact that TDU scores haven't been added to CEGORR for season totals.

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Daniel Norton replied to tony kappler | 2 months ago
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I think you might need to have a look in a bit more detail.  I only have 74 points for the season at the minute. yes

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teckert replied to Daniel Norton | 2 months ago
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Yes, that's what Tony is talking about Daniel.
Only the CEGORR results are included atm. The TDU results have been wiped. Hopefully it wont be hard to get them back!

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cove123 | 2 months ago
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Hi Team

When do we think the Cadel Evans start list be up to pick a team or 2  1 Looking forward to the new season.

More than the bike 

Cove123

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Lev Bronstein | 2 months ago
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I want to upgrade my standard account to Premiuum, but I can't seem to use my present user name and email. How can I do this?

 

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Lev Bronstein replied to Lev Bronstein | 2 months ago
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Sorted, ignore me

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ORICA-Jase | 2 months ago
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Where have the regional leagues gone please?

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tony kappler replied to ORICA-Jase | 2 months ago
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Yes, it appears Dave has removed those regional leagues in his revamp of the site. Now that you mention it, "rest of the world" has gone. You can always create your own league; on the Dashboard page on the RHS under "user leagues (overall)".

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thedex | 3 months ago
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How do you update your e-mail address?

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STEVESPRO 79 replied to thedex | 3 months ago
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thedex wrote:

How do you update your e-mail address?

Go to main roadcc page, click on username top right. Your account details should then pop-up, including email address..

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ORICA-Jase | 3 months ago
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Firstly, keep up the fantastic work running this fantasy game.

Have the regional leagues been removed this year? Every year I would be automatically assigned to the South East league which I enjoyed but can't see this after stage 1 Tour Down Under score updates?

Thanks.

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andre3 | 3 months ago
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Sorry Guys, I've made my Road.cc subscription, but my fantasy.road account is still STANDARD and I have only other 7 competitition to join. What's wrong?

Thank you for the answer!

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NJA | 3 months ago
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For me the Fantasy game is the only reason I subscribe and, despite never having got remotely close to winning anything ever, I think it alone is worth the cost of subscribing.

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MinardiM189 | 3 months ago
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I will certainly be renewing when my subscription runs out.

Great game with a great team behind. I tried a few other cycling games but this is by far the best.

Keep up the good work.

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Left_is_for_Losers | 3 months ago
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Another "we want your money" begging post

Pro Cycling Stats have a good, free cycling prediction game though still. 

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bminchow replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 3 months ago
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actually i think no procycling game this year. 

 

 

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jollygoodvelo | 3 months ago
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My day job is to be owner of a product built on a recalcitrant legacy software platform, so I feel your pain.  I'd just like to say how much I appreciate you guys hosting the game and all the volunteers who help run it. 

I've been playing for ten years or so now, rarely troubling the very top of the leaderboards, but the relative lack of changes just goes to prove how good it is.  Other games often demand too much involvement, with too many bells and whistles or too much randomness, but the balance here is just right.

Looking forward to 2024!

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Condor Andy | 3 months ago
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Thanks for all your suppport over the years, and Dave for letting me be a part of it. It's been fun over the years and the game is in good hands going forward. Good luck this season everyone!

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Daniel Norton replied to Condor Andy | 3 months ago
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Thanks for doing it for as long as you have.  Good luck if you enter a team.

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RoadKatz | 3 months ago
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Greetings All : )
Are we going to have a Purist bracket for the Tour Down Under this year? I don't see any mention of it. Also, is there a list of the events that will make up the Purist competition for 2024 available?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.  : )
Thanks!

 

 

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dave atkinson replied to RoadKatz | 3 months ago
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yes, generally the purist will work as before and there will be a purist competition for each tour. 

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bminchow | 3 months ago
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I really appreciate effort. Only you can know if it is worth it or not. But I love it and am renewing my membership eh.

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Daniel Norton | 3 months ago
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I don't know whether I've got it in me to go for the overall again.

Last season was the first time I did properly and missed deadlines or couldn't do my team late doors and dropped points.  I'm convinced I score as well as anyone when I can avoid stuff like that, but 2nd is so annoying after all that effort but quite a few non-rider selection issues.  I might not be able to motivate or make the time all season...

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11waterloo replied to Daniel Norton | 3 months ago
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I know how you feel. It is mentally quite a challenge to hit deadlines right through the season. I am pretty certain that I am going to pick and choose my races this season so I won't be in the overall competition. I'll pay my subscription (because I wholeheartedly agree with Dave regarding the need to fund the game properly and nurse the computer system through) and do the Grand Tours plus other races that take my fancy. I want to rediscover the fun element in the game rather than the grind it can become when doing the overall. 

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Daniel Norton replied to 11waterloo | 3 months ago
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Will we be able to resist and let a patzer win, though? yes

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