Buckle up: it's time for another great year of competition with road.cc Fantasy Cycling. We'll be running competitions for every WorldTour race this season, starting with the Tour Down Under on Tuesday 16 January. Join in!
What's Fantasy Cycling?
It's simple: Pick a team of riders, and if they do well in the race they'll score points. And the more points they score, the better you do!
It's not just about getting over the line first: riders score points for the different jersey competitions, intermediate sprints... even rolling in dead last! So there's lots to think about: What kind of stage it is, who's in form, who's doing well overall... so many factors to take into account.
You can play against loads of other road.cc users, and you can set up private leagues for bragging rights over your friends or work colleagues.
You'll need to be a registered user of the site to play, then all you have to do is head over to fantasy.road.cc to join some competitions and pick your team.
Once you've picked your riders and they all turn out to be duffers like ours (above) inevitably will be, you can transfer in the good ones you should have picked in the first place. You only get a limited number of transfers though, so pick wisely! If that sounds like too much hard work for you, there's a purist competition in many tours where you just pick a team for the whole thing, and take the rough with the smooth.
Go premium to play all season for £10
You can play 8 competitions in the year for free, so that would cover all the grand tours and a bunch of other races if you wanted. £10 buys you premium membership to play as many as you like, and runs for a calendar year.
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.