The Cyclingnews Fantasy Game team has been hard at work rounding up some great prizes for our first-ever Spring Classics Fantasy Game, and have come up with a perfect Grand Prize: Specialized's bump-eating carbon fiber Roubaix Pro, engineered to be quick, and to handle the worst the roads of Northern Europe can throw at it. The top-of-the-line US$4,400 Roubaix Pro comes with a full Shimano Dura-Ace group and gets its combination of speed and comfort from its lightweight carbon-fiber frame and shock-absorbing Zertz elastomer inserts. A fitting reward for the fantasy team manager whose riders prevail through the world's hardest one-day races.
The first runner-up prize will also satisfy your need for speed: a pair of Zipp 404 wheels. Now with dimples for even better aerodynamics, the US$1,600 404 is the slippery workhorse of Zipp's aero wheel range. These are Zipp's most popular wheels, and for good reason: they're light (1292g per pair for the tubular version), fast and tough enough for criteriums and sprinters, as well as their obvious time trial and road racing applications. What's with the new dimples? They improve air flow over the wheel, reducing the power needed to cut through the air by 1 to 3 watts.
The Cyclingnews Spring Classics 2005 Fantasy Game covers the following races:
Milan - San Remo - March 19
Ronde van Vlaanderen - April 3
Gent-Wevelgem - April 6
Paris - Roubaix - April 10
Amstel Gold Race - April 17
La Flèche Wallonne - April 20
Liège - Bastogne - Liège - April 24
All you need to do to enter is register and pick a team of eight riders. More prizes will be confirmed shortly. It's a great way to follow the classics!
For more details and to enter your team go to fantasy.cyclingnews.com.