Cycling Season is Here Again
The Tour Down Under kicks off tomorrow to signal the start of the World Tour season again! Of course there's been Track cycling and Cyclo-cross over the winter, and the domestic Oceanic season, and the Nationals from Australia and New Zealand... ok perhaps the Cycling season never really ended.
The Tour Down Under thread is the place to get all your World Tour updates. San Luis will be covered in the Other Races 2015 thread. If you are looking a bit further ahead check out the GC-Contenders Schedule 2015 thread for a breakdown of who's targeting what. Finally look through the Womens Cycling 2015 thread for yet more Elite level racing.
And of course we will be trying hard to bring you various bets on the upcoming races.
One Last Hurrah
I don't often cover Graphics here but when something special comes past it can get a mention. Cavendish-Fan finally dropped the promised ultimate Red Bull-Huawei pack containing 110 shirts, accessoires, 2 mini shirts, logo, banners for a story and a png mini that can be used in a story. It's just a massive pack of incredibly high quality work. Check it out in his thread here.
More importantly it is the last piece of work Cavendish-Fan will do. A fantastic graphics designer and jersey creator there are a number of Man-Games team who owe him thanks as well as numerous DB's that used his jerseys.
First off if you are not currently part of the game you might want to check out the ManGame - Joining Interest thread. If you are currently part of the game don't forget New Riders for ManGame - Suggestions thread or the ongoing ideas discussion in the [CT] Questions thread.
To the ProTour where the Vuelta Colombia takes center stage. 8 Stage down and Jose Alarcon, yes him of Vuelta Espana glory, wins to grow his GC lead for Simply Red Bull. Tiago Machado, of Prio-Porto, is in second and Andrei Amador, of Swisscom, is in third.
To the PCT and CT where the Volta a Portugal takes center stage. The Queen Stage 9 was won by Rigoberto Uran, of Bacardi. And prepare for some great action as Dario Cataldo, of Magna, leads Uran by just 1"! Both Popovych and Bibby lie in wait less than a minute down ready to pounce as well. More for the CT teams the Tour d'Azerbaijan has kicked off as well.
Finally in the Man-Game world there's been a rush of sponsor announcements. I won't go through them all but the [Man-Game] Teams HQ section is worth flicking through to keep up to date.
Story Games Summary
EPIC concluded it's transfer period in the week. Lots of changes have taken place so check out the various Team HQ's to get a full idea of where the stars have move to. Expect various season previews to be released once the DB is finalised late on this week. At the same time season planning is under way with race applications currently taking place. The 2014 season is poised to being!
The ICL won't be outdone however and is also close to beginning having concluded most of it's off-season activities. Calendar selections and race planning are next up there as well so it will be a busy time for managers.
Mre has popped up with a new game, the H2H League. Cyclists battle it out 1v1 in a system similar to that followed by most US sports. It's a unqiue concept which was almost instantly filled up. But don't worry it's speed will open up new opportunities to join in a couple of months.
Lastly Ian Butlers CycloCross game is still running strongly. Slight slowing of the pace but it proves incredibly popular and active nonetheless. Most recently the Rio Beach Cross event, a race hosted on Copacabana beach, saw Shay Gormley win.
Thread of the Week
Having covered most active parts of the forum already above i struggled a little bit here. So i've picked out another game that harks back to the old days of Daily. Who's That? is my Thread of the Week. The shameless Guess the Cyclist spin-off proves very popular as members try to figure out who's that? Get it!