We are pleased to confirm that TREK will be offering the lucky winner of this year's Fantasy Le Tour a Madone 5.9 team Discovery bike worth US$7,700.
When Lance Armstrong challenged TREK to create their fastest bike ever, they answered with the Madone. The Madone family combines TREK's Tour-proven road geometry with the Time Trial aerodynamics to create the ultimate performance package. It's a fantastic prize packed with some of the best features that will be featuring in this year's Tour bikes:
Made in America - The frames raced by Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Team are handcrafted in Waterloo, Wisconsin, alongside the one they build for you.
Performance Design - Proprietary "A-Stay" seatstays offer greater strength and stiffness when pedaling out of the saddle or descending at high speed.
Rigid Thinking - One-piece, bonded dropouts make every pedal stroke more efficient - creating a structure that's up to 50% stiffer than more commonly used two-piece dropouts.
Madone 5.9 Components
* OCLV 110 Carbon Frame
* Bontrager Race XXX Lite, OCLV 110 Carbon Fork
* Bontrager Race X Lite Aero Wheels
* Shimano Dura-Ace 53/39 or Bontrager Compact Drive 50/36 Crankset
* Shimano Dura-Ace Rear Derailleur
This year's Fantasy Tour de France is underway. You can begin building your teams now! There will be over 25 opportunities to win prizes in this year's game. Be a professional team manager for the 2005 Tour de France. 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 managers from around the world. Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge to win prizes. Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge to win prizes. For more info go to the fantasy site.
As well as thefirst prize TREK Madone Discovery Team bike detailed above, the following great prizes have been confirmed, with more to come.
Stage by Stage Prizes : Specialized - 21x pairs of sunglasses
Bontrager - 2x pairs Bontrager Race X-Lite Aero wheels, 1x Race X Lite OS handlebars, 1x Race XXX Lite OS carbon stem, and 1x Race X Lite Pro saddle.
DMT - 3x pairs of Flash shoes
Speedplay - 4x pairs of CSC pedals
CTS - Signature coaching package
fi'zi:k - 5x Team issue Arione saddles
In conjunction with feedback and suggestions from players of the game over three years, we have developed a new points system for the Tour games. We've awarded more points to a greater number of riders and given back more emphasis to GC placings. Thanks to all of you who helped us develop the new points system. Have a look for yourself in the points section.
How to Play
You can begin creating your team/s now. You can play the first 8 stages for FREE! We will be adding additions to the startlist on a daily basis. The Tour games are easy to play, all you need to do to manage your own team is select 15 riders from the live start list then select 9 of these riders to race each day throughout the Tour. You score points according to how well each of the riders place each day in the Tour. So try your team today and see if it's for you. It's a great way to follow the Tour. Create your teams now at fantasy.cyclingnews.com.
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team