Fantasy Cycling is back for 2015! Join us for our fifth season of... well, for us it's generally disappointment as we slip down the table. But some people are good at it. Be like them!
Fantasy Cycling you say? Yup, it's very simple. Pick a team of riders to compete in races throughout the season, Starting next week with the Tour Down Under, and if they do well you get points. And if you get enough points, you win! Simple, eh? It's addictive too, and a great way to get your head round the strange world of professional cycling. If you've ever played fantasy football, or rugby, or cricket, or NFL, or whatever, the concept will be very familiar to you. And if you haven't then it's pretty simple to pick up. Why not have a go? Start as a novice with the Tour Down Under and by the time the Tour de France comes around you'll probably be well up to speed.
To enter for the season all you need is a user account on road.cc. If you haven't registered before you can do so here. We check all registrations manually so it might take a short while for you to get approved. Once you are you can log in, hit the Fantasy Cycling link in the top right hand corner and away you go!
To tempt you in at the start of the season we've got a great prize for the first race of the season: a Garmin Edge 510 GPS computer worth £249.99. There'll be prizes for the runners up too! All you have to do is be the best virtual Directeur Sportif straight out of the blocks. How hard can that be?
The Garmin Edge 510 is a top quality bit of kit, you can read Mat's review of it here. He called it "a very clever GPS bike computer that's relatively easy to use."
As a standard user you can play up to eight competitions during the 2015 season. If you get the bug you can upgrade to a premium account for just a tenner, and play as many as you like. That'll work out at something like 15p a competition. How's that for value? You can go premium at any point in the season and your premium account will run for a full calendar year.
If you've played before, check out this forum topic for an explanation of what's changed for 2015.
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.