Challenge your friends in the 2018 Bike Hub Fantasy Tour

The annual Bike Hub Tour de France Fantasy Tour is back for 2018. This year Bike Hub is offering a Wahoo KICKR indoor smart trainer for the Fantasy Tour overall winner. We have also introduced a pools feature allowing you and your friends to face off in your own leagues.

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Grand Prize


The overall Fantasy Tour points leader will be riding indoors in style with a Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer and a Wahoo hamper valued at over R 26,000.

 

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Weekly Prizes


To keep you on track each week we'll be giving away a Knog lights hamper to two lucky contenders. Check out the prizes page for all the details.

 


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How it works


The Fantasy Tour is all about picking your very own Tour de France dream team. You can choose any riders from any team to make up the ultimate virtual team.
  • Pick your squad of 12 riders: 8 active riders and 4 substitutes.
  • Team submissions close once the Tour begins: at 11h10 SAST on Saturday, 7 July 2018.
  • Substitutes: On the two rest days during the race you'll have the opportunity to substitute riders. You can drop the non-performers or bring in some fresh legs.
  • Once substituted, riders can be used again, however points are only allocated while a rider is active.... if they're on the bench you don't score points.

 

Pools


This year we have included a new a feature, public and private pools. Now you can square up against your friends, families, and colleagues. Get started by creating your own pools here.

 

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526 Comments

CASSIE1975, Jun 29 2018 09:46

My normal trend for this &*%$#@# game is...start off day 1 around 887th place.

Lose a BIG points maker in the first 3-5 days... :ph34r:  

Score some points...up to 395th place...a sprinter or 2 picked are doing well

 

First weekend and rest day...change a few subs... :nuke:

Slide down to 515th place...because the guys on my bench are now performing well in the second week   :cursing:

Get back up to 257th place...some riders picked are getting a few high positions over the line

 

Second weekend and rest day 2...change subs with the guys that are out of TDF in my picks

Back down to 423rd place...guys subbed are mostly sprinters and not performing in the mountains  :cursing:  :blink:

Getting closer to the middle of week 3 and one or 2 GC picks are doing well in the mountains and I am sprinting for the 197th place...

Come Paris I end up 549th place and I am pulling out my hair...

 

Morning of 30 JULY 2018 -  :cursing:  scream and swear at THE BIKE HUB --- how we are going to wait another 49 weeks FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF THIS f&*#$-UP GAME  :clap:

Nick, Jun 29 2018 09:56

looks like the points allocation has been skewed more towards stage positions.

 

which is awesome, keeps it much more open than just getting a handful of good gc okes coming off.

 

It's much the same as last year. The most combative rider gets a few more points and there is a team time trial.

 

The biggest change is probably the team size. This year there are 8 riders in a team but we've thrown in an extra substitute.

JacBrand, Jun 29 2018 09:58

My first attempt this year so I am with you.

 

Same here. Lets see how it goes...

Patchelicious, Jun 29 2018 09:59

It's much the same as last year. The most combative rider gets a few more points and there is team time trial.

 

The biggest change is probably the team size. This year there are 8 riders in a team but we've thrown in an extra substitute.

Salbutamol Salamanders  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

Pure Savage, Jun 29 2018 10:00

Easy, pick Louis, Pinot and Teejay

You forgot Mark 'bollard' Cavendisch.

Pure Savage, Jun 29 2018 10:00

Easy, pick Louis, Pinot and Teejay

Double post but may as well add Yates - sub him into your team in the 3rd week for max effect!

Patchelicious, Jun 29 2018 10:02

You forgot Mark 'bollard' Cavendisch.

I thought about Crashendish, but I think he will cash himself out before the start of the race.

Shebeen, Jun 29 2018 11:35

It's much the same as last year. The most combative rider gets a few more points and there is a team time trial.

 

The biggest change is probably the team size. This year there are 8 riders in a team but we've thrown in an extra substitute.

ok cool. found the 2016 doc that also used to have the wildcard of finishers in a break too - that became a bit obscure i think

 

 

Riders in a break (above) that cross the finish line ahead of the peloton will share a daily quota of 200 points, i.e. if
there are 2 riders in the break that finish ahead of the peloton, they will each get 100 points, while 5 riders will get 40
points each.

 

Admin, Jun 29 2018 11:44

ok cool. found the 2016 doc that also used to have the wildcard of finishers in a break too - that became a bit obscure i think

 

 

Riders in a break (above) that cross the finish line ahead of the peloton will share a daily quota of 200 points, i.e. if
there are 2 riders in the break that finish ahead of the peloton, they will each get 100 points, while 5 riders will get 40
points each.

 

With moving to the new system we had to simplify the points allocation. The above made the collation for results a bit of a nightmare... especially for Frosty who was doing it all manually at the time via an impressive array of spreadsheets.

When we compared the current points system against the old system with breakaway points the outcome for 2016 would have been the same. So we cut down on the complexity.

This is your guide to the points for 2018: https://fantasytour....hub.co.za/about

 

The most notable difference from 2017 is the TTT points allocation. This does offer an opportunity to score some decent points (25 points per rider on the first placed team), but you'll have to balance TTT hopefuls with the remaining 20 stages...

Shebeen, Jun 29 2018 12:46

seems simple.

 

because the tour goes like this

       

                                         /\

                           _           /  \

                      __/  \ rest  /    \

                     /

______ rest /                         fly to paris _

 

 

week1 sprinters/classics okes in good ttt squad

week2 climbers

week3 climbers

CASSIE1975, Jun 29 2018 12:52

 

 

The most notable difference from 2017 is the TTT points allocation. This does offer an opportunity to score some decent points (25 points per rider on the first placed team), but you'll have to balance TTT hopefuls with the remaining 20 stages...

 

Just to clarify - Does this mean that the TTT winners in that team will ALL be given 25 points EACH for 1st place, ALL riders in 2nd place get 20 points, etc, etc on day 3? 

 

So the first 10 teams rides would end up getting some points?  :thumbup:

Frosty, Jun 29 2018 01:07

Just to clarify - Does this mean that the TTT winners in that team will ALL be given 25 points EACH for 1st place, ALL riders in 2nd place get 20 points, etc, etc on day 3?

So the first 10 teams rides would end up getting some points? :thumbup:

I read it as the top 10 teams get points, but 50% of the daily stage value. All riders in the same (real) team get the same number of points, so fantasy team points are based on riders selected.


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dee_biker, Jun 29 2018 01:17

I thought about Crashendish, but I think he will cash himself out before the start of the race.

 

Yep, I agree. Would have included him if he was able to stay on his Cervelo!

Admin, Jun 29 2018 01:20

Just to clarify - Does this mean that the TTT winners in that team will ALL be given 25 points EACH for 1st place, ALL riders in 2nd place get 20 points, etc, etc on day 3? 

 

So the first 10 teams rides would end up getting some points?  :thumbup:

 

As Gerald has it below - yes, the top 10 teams on day 3 will all score points. Every active rider on the team will get the same points, 50% of the usual Stage win points on offer.

So there is opportunity to score some big points, e.g if you had all 8 of the winning team's riders in your squad for the TTT you score 200 points for the win, but how useful will they be on other days?



 

I read it as the top 10 teams get points, but 50% of the daily stage value. All riders in the same (real) team get the same number of points, so fantasy team points are based on riders selected.


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Hacc, Jun 29 2018 01:25

I really hate this game. I hope to improve from last year.

Well, last year half my team crashed out... 

CASSIE1975, Jun 29 2018 01:37

I read it as the top 10 teams get points, but 50% of the daily stage value. All riders in the same (real) team get the same number of points, so fantasy team points are based on riders selected.


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As Gerald has it below - yes, the top 10 teams on day 3 will all score points. Every active rider on the team will get the same points, 50% of the usual Stage win points on offer.

So there is opportunity to score some big points, e.g if you had all 8 of the winning team's riders in your squad for the TTT you score 200 points for the win, but how useful will they be on other days?



 

 

Understood  :thumbup:

 

Yes it will be a juggling act to get the correct mix of riders in your squad.

 

BUT as we are WELL AWARE  :ph34r:  :devil:  there is also a HUGE amount of LUCK involved  :wacko:

 

Good luck to all and enjoy TDF 2018.

Admin, Jun 29 2018 02:01

Some teams updated today:

  • Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
  • Team Dimension Data
  • UAE-Team Emirates

 

Still to be confirmed:

  • Direct Energie
  • Team Fortuneo - Samsic
  • Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
  • Trek - Segafredo
  • Team Sky
  • Team Sunweb

     

jimmycool, Jun 30 2018 11:38

Hey guys! I finally got a chance to visit le hub again and realised it's tdf fantasy tour time!!

I have made my (probably useless) selections and hope to be able to at least finish the tour with a full team - last year I only had 6 left out of 12.

Mountain_Goat, Jun 30 2018 12:24

Any tips for a newbie playing in their first season of fantasy?

If you help me and I win then you can get a chance to use my Kickr 😉

Frosty, Jun 30 2018 12:36

Any tips for a newbie playing in their first season of fantasy?

If you help me and I win then you can get a chance to use my Kickr

Pick your riders, and then don't make any changes between submitting your team, and the start of the Tour #nosecondguessingyourself

Connorst, Jul 02 2018 09:04

If Chris Froome is not allowed to start can we change our picks or would that be similar to a DQ during the race?

Nick, Jul 02 2018 09:42

If Chris Froome is not allowed to start can we change our picks or would that be similar to a DQ during the race?

 

The rules will apply as per usual.

 

Participants have until 11h10 SAST on Saturday, 7 July 2018 to pick their teams. This is the official start time for the first stage. So you can change your team freely until then.

 

There is the chance that Froome will make the official start list but does not start. In that case, he will be marked as dropped out on the Fantasy League.

Gen, Jul 02 2018 09:44

The rules will apply as per usual.

Participants have until 11h10 SAST on Saturday, 7 July 2018 to pick their teams. This is the official start time for the first stage. So you can change your team freely until then.

There is the chance that Froome will make the official start list but does not start. In that case, he will be marked as dropped out on the Fantasy League.

This is like Bling Matthews all over again[emoji23][emoji23]

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Gen, Jul 02 2018 09:45

Hey guys! I finally got a chance to visit le hub again and realised it's tdf fantasy tour time!!
I have made my (probably useless) selections and hope to be able to at least finish the tour with a full team - last year I only had 6 left out of 12.

Last year was a complete bogger op..I think I Finished last year 5 riders.. 5[emoji102]

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Gen, Jul 02 2018 09:50

I really enjoyed the year when we has that predict the stage winner thing going.. that was just an added little competition that kept us going.. would love to see that return even without prizes.

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