The Giro d'Italia starts tomorrow! Your first chance to get your teeth into a proper three-week Grand Tour in 2015. And if you join our Fantasy Cycling competition you could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes from Lezyne.
If you haven't played Fantasy Cycling, it's simple: pick a team of riders, and if they do well, you get points. If you get enough points, you win a prize. See? Simple!
There's three different games you can play for the Giro. The standard competition allows you to transfer riders in and out for every stage. You get 45 transfers, and once they're gone, they're gone, so don't fritter them all away in the first week...
There's a purist competition too: pick a team, and that's it for the whole Tour. If your riders don't make it to the finish, that's just tough. On top of those two, there's an Italians-only competition: pick five Italian riders and see how they do on home soil. Again, there's no transfers.
Sign up for Fantasy Cycling now and you can play all three: you get to play eight competitions for free in any one year. If you get bitten by the Fantasy Cycling bug then a £10 premium membership gets you into as many competitions as you want to play, all year.
We've got some great prizes from Lezyne for this year's Giro. The winner will get a super-exclusive Lotto Soudal kit bundle with a Digital Floor Drive track pump, a Carbon Road Drive mini pump, a SV7 multitool, a Lever Patch Kit and a Caddy sack. There's only three of these coming to the UK, and you're getting over £200 of great Lezyne gear.
Second prize is a CNC Travel Floor Drive pump and a Carbon Drive Lite HP pump, a bundle worth over £120. And third prize is a Classic Floor Drive pump worth £49.99.
As well as the overall prizes there's a stage prize every day in the standard competition. Each day's points winner will get a SV11 multiool worth £36.99. And there's a prize for the best player in the purist competition too, a Port-a-Shop tool kit worth £99.99. We'll even throw some road.cc schwag at the Italians-only winner, even though that's just for fun.
Want to play? head over to fantasy.road.cc to register, or to join the competitions if you're already signed up. Good luck!
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.