Breaking News:BH Bikes have confirmed they will be providing the Grand Prize in this year's Fantasy game! We are pleased to announce their involvement with us this year and that the Grand Prize for the overall winner of the Vuelta game will be a L75D Global Concept G-1 Ultegra D bike! More details on the specifications will be announced in full shortly. The prizelist for this year's game is as follows:
- Grand Prize - BH Bikes L75D Global Concept G-1 Ultegra D bike
- Daily Prize - 21 pairs of BBB Winner Quickstep glasses
- Runners-up Prizes - 1 pair of Hed Bastogne wheels, special silver edition
- Runners-up Prizes - 10 sets Maxxis Courchevel tires
- Runners-up Prizes - 3 sets Speedplay CSC edition pedals
- Runners-up Prizes - $200 worth of Sock Guy vouchers
- Runners-up Prizes - 3 Giro/Bell helmets
More prizes to be announced soon... With just a few hours left until the 2006 Vuelta game kicks off, now is a good time to start thinking about your strategy for your team selection for the Fantasy Game. Remember there's plenty of time to make your final decision on your team riders. You can change your line up right up until stage 7 begins this year. Here's what 3rd Place winner from last year's game, manager "Marko Tammsaar" from Estonia, had to say on his winning 2005 selection:
"I spent a lot of time studying last years results from the Vuelta and this years results from pre tour competitions and result to the start of the Vuelta. My tactics : 1. Follow cycling and know cyclists, their capabilities and team strategies; 2. In the Vuelta all categories are pretty much for the same GC cyclists; 3. In the Vuelta be ready for the surprises: the sprinters stage on paper could turn out as a stage for climbers and GC contenders and vice versa as well; 4. In Estonian we have a nice saying that says "wise men do not rush" - follow the first stages carefully and register your team as late as possible; 5. No matter what strategy you have it actually comes down to luck in the end anyway."
Create your teams today. Registration has already begun. Be a professional team manager for the 2006 La Vuelta and create your own dream team from any of the real life riders in this year's Vuelta. Based on the live racing action, you will take up the challenge of using your knowledge and tactical skill as a race team manager to compete with other virtual managers from around the world. Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge to win some great prizes.
The official La Vuelta rider list has been uploaded to the game site ready for your winning team selections to begin. We have based the points for each of the riders for the Vuelta on a merged list of ProTour points from both the end of last year and the end of May this year (post Giro 2006). More information on the Rider Reference details can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format in the Downloads section.
Play for FREE in La Vuelta 2006 game
Remember you can play for free for the first 6 stages! Try your teams out and see which rider combination is best.
We hope you enjoy this year's game and look forward to seeing your winning team online soon.
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team