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PCM.Daily Grand High Wizard Contest 2018
AbhishekLFC
WE'RE BACK BABY Grin

Became rich when Gilbert ditched the others in his solo ride to Ronde glory? Bit your nails as Dumoulin nearly crapped all over his GT chances and your stakes in the Giro? Bet your house on Froome to winning two Grand Tours in a year? Had a sneaking suspicion that Sagan wouldn't win the Green Jersey in the Tour? You didn't?? Well, 2018 offers you the opportunity to act on your feelings, instead of just talking about them.

The PCM Daily Grand High Wizard Contest is back with your hosts, Jandal and myself, asking for and pitting your predictions against each other for imaginary points and a trophy we've not managed to design yet. Last year saw Raziz walk away with the crown having taken the lead in the month of June and never relinquishing it since. Can he retain it? Can former champion Marco get over a poor season and get his hands back on the trophy? Or will there be a new name up in glittering lights at the end of the season? Join in and you could be the one!

Feel free to comment in the thread if you are interested. We will start off the game with the Tour Down Under, the first race in the UCI World Tour calendar, which is a couple of weeks away. The Rules and the World Tour calendar for 2018 are given below.

To catch-up with Season 1, follow this link.

To catch-up with Season 2, follow this link.

Cheers Grin

RULES

The game is divided into three sections:
• Grand Tours
• Monuments & World Championships
• World Tour Races and Classics

Grand Tours
Pick 5 riders for the GC. If your selection finishes in any of the top 5 positions, you get points. Taking the example of the 2016 Vuelta, if you guessed the finishing positions as Quintana, Froome, Contador, S. Yates and Chaves, you get points for Quintana, Froome, Contador and Chaves.
Further, for the GTs, you select the winners of each classification (one rider only). If you get it right, you get points.

Scoring
• GC – 40, 20, 15, 10, 5 for 1st to 5th positions, respectively (exact guesses not required).
• Getting the top 5 correct doubles your points for the GC.
• 40 points for correctly guessing each of the other classifications.
• Getting all winners correct, i.e. GC, KOM, Points and Young Rider, doubles your overall points for that GT.
• A total of 600 points to be won per race.

Monuments and World Championships
Pick 3 riders for the race. If your selection finishes in any of the top 3 positions, you get points. Taking the example of last season’s LBL, if your selection was Rui Costa, Albasini and Barguil, you get points for Costa and Albasini.

Scoring
• 40, 20, 10 for 1st to 3rd positions, respectively (exact guesses not required).
• Getting the top 3 correct doubles your points for that race.
• A total of 140 points to be won per race.

World Tour Stage Races and Classics
Rules are the same as the monuments, just the points are less.

Scoring
• 20, 10, 5 for 1st to 3rd positions, respectively (exact guesses not required).
• Getting the top 3 correct doubles your points for that race.
• A total of 70 points to be won per race.

Besides these, there will one (or more) bonus question for each race, which will be worth some points (to be decided at the time of asking). Also, you are encouraged to provide a ‘Story of the Race’ comment to your guesses. This is to make things interesting and get the others in on your thought process. Any other comments for the upcoming races are welcome.

SEASON LONG PREDICTIONS

There will be set a questions updated at intervals with a previously mentioned deadline. These questions will carry extra points and will reward the players for their farsightedness. Keep following the next post in this thread to keep track of the Season Long Predictions as they are posted. We will, off course, let everyone know when a new set of questions are posted.

WHAT'S NEW

Well...nothing! We got lazy in the off-season and decided to rest on our laurels. The nomination for the forum awards really got to our heads...

In reality, we felt we hit the sweet spot with our format last season. So we decided not to increase the clutter. Change is good but not for the sake of it.



FORMAT FOR ENTRIES

For GTs
Rider 1:
Rider 2:
Rider 3:
Rider 4:
Rider 5:
KOM:
Points:
Young Rider:
Bonus:

For Other Races
Rider 1:
Rider 2:
Rider 3:
Bonus:

Post your entries in this format in the thread itself. This will help keep things transparent.


WORLD TOUR CALENDAR
Start DateEnd Date
Race
Type of Race
16-Jan21-JanTour Down UnderStage Race
28-JanCadel Evans Great Ocean Road RaceClassic
21-Feb25-FebAbu Dhabi TourStage Race
24-FebOmloop Het NieuwsbladClassic
3-MarStrade BiancheClassic
4-Mar11-MarParis-NiceStage Race
7-Mar13-MarTirreno-AdriaticoStage Race
17-MarMilan-San RemoClassic
19-Mar25-MarVolta Ciclista a CatalunyaStage Race
23-MarE3 HarelbekeClassic
25-MarGent-WevelgemClassic
28-MarDwars door VlaanderenClassic
1-AprRonde Van VlaanderenClassic
2-Apr7-AprVolta Ciclista al Pais VascoStage Race
8-AprParis-RoubaixClassic
15-AprAmstel Gold RaceClassic
18-AprLa Fleche WalloneClassic
22-AprLiege-Bastogne-LiegeClassic
24-Apr29-AprTour de RomandieStage Race
1-MayEschborn-FrankfurtClassic
5-May27-MayGiro d'ItaliaStage Race
13-May19-MayAmgen Tour of CaliforniaStage Race
3-Jun10-JunCriterium DauphineStage Race
9-Jun17-JunTour de SuisseStage Race
7-Jul29-JulTour de FranceStage Race
29-JulRideLondon-Surrey ClassicClassic
4-AugClasica San SebastienClassic
4-Aug10-AugTour de PologneStage Race
13-Aug19-AugBinck Bank TourStage Race
19-AugCyclassics HamburgClassic
25-Aug16-SepVuelta a EspanaStage Race
26-AugBretagne Classic - Ouest FranceClassic
7-SepGrand Prix Cicliste de QuebecClassic
9-SepGrand Prix Cicliste de MontrealClassic
23-SepWC TTTWC
26-SepWC ITTWC
30-SepWC RRWC
9-Oct14-OctPresidential Tour of TurkeyStage Race
13-OctIl LombardiaClassic
16-Oct21-OctTour of GuangxiStage Race

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 17-09-2018 08:03
 
AbhishekLFC
YEAR LONG PREDICTIONS


RULES

Questions will be posted in Sets at regular intervals during the season. The points associated to every question will be mentioned in the Set. Send in your answers as a reply in the thread. The deadline for entries of each Set will also be mentioned when they are posted.


Questions

Set 1

1.Who will win UCI WT Rankings?
2.Who will win the CQ Rankings?
3.Who will win Giro d’Italia?
4.Who will win Tour de France?
5.Who will win Vuelta a Espana?
6.Who will win Milan-San Remo?
7.Who will win Ronde Van Vlaanderen?
8.Who will win Paris-Roubaix?
9.Who will win Liege-Bastogne-Liege?
10.Who will win Il Lombardia?
11.Which World Tour team will win the least this season?
12.Which World Tour stage race will see the narrowest margin of victory in the GC? (TDU is not included)
13.Who will be the highest placed U25 rider in any GT?
14.Predict a rider to retire at the end of the year (not already announced).
15.Predict a transfer for next year (not already announced).

Questions 1-10 carry 50 points each.
Questions 11-13 carry 75 points each.
Questions 14-15 carry 25 points each.

Entries closed.


Set 2 - Classics Set

The following races are being considered here for the classics set - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, E3 Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallone, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Eschborn-Frankfurt.

1. Which WT team will be most successful in the Classics? (Wins get highest priority, then 2nd places, and so on.)
2. Which country will be most successful in the Classics? (Wins get highest priority, then 2nd places, and so on.)
3. Which race will see the biggest margin of victory?
4. Which race will have the lowest number of finishers?
5. Which will be Philippe Gilbert's best race?

Please consider only the races mentioned above for your answers. All answers with ties will be considered for all questions.

Questions 1-4 carry 25 points each.
Question 5 carries 15 points.

Entries closed.


Set 3 - Grand Tours Set

The following races are being considered here for the Grand Tours set - Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

1. Who will be the highest finishing home rider in any GT?
2. Who will be the highest finishing U25s eligible rider in any GT?
3. Who will be the highest finishing Colombian in any GT?
4. Which country will have the most stage wins combined in the GTs?
5. What will be the most stages won by a single rider in a single GT (just number)?

Please consider only the races mentioned above for your answers. All answers with ties will be considered for all questions.

Questions 1,2 and 4 carry 25 points each.
Question 3 and 5 carry 15 points.

Entries closed.

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 30-07-2018 07:11
 
AbhishekLFC
PREVIOUS WINNER(S)
2016 - Marcovdw
2017 - Raziz


2018 LEADERBOARD

NameRaces EnteredBonusesTotal Points
AbhishekLFC403451320
FreitasPCM402601215
purepasd392551190
df_Trek402251185
Selwink382551115
roturn401701075
Aquarius97392101030
hillis91401801025
Marcovdw402651000
jandal740160880
Agent David22105755
Raziz26145605
trekbmc20175465
Croatia1424140405
jensi2511340295
United Forever770270
emre99675
aldrofj31030


SEASON PROGRESS

RaceTypeWinner
Tour Down UnderStage RaceMarcovdw
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road RaceClassicdf_Trek, Aquarius97
Abu Dhabi TourStage RaceRaziz, hillis91, roturn
Omloop Het NieuwsbladClassicpurepasd, Selwink, roturn
Strade BiancheClassic-
Paris-NiceStage RaceCroatia14
Tirreno-AdriaticoStage RaceFreitas
Milan-San RemoClassicSelwink
Volta Ciclista a CatalunyaStage RaceRaziz, Aquarius97, Selwink, Freitas
E3 HarelbekeClassicMarcovdw, roturn
Gent-WevelgemClassicAbhishekLFC
Dwars door VlaanderenClassicAbhishekLFC
Ronde Van VlaanderenClassicAquarius97
Volta Ciclista al Pais VascoStage Racejandal7, AbhishekLFC
Paris-RoubaixClassicRaziz
Amstel Gold RaceClassictrekbmc, jandal7
La Fleche WalloneClassicRaziz, Marcovdw, Aquarius, df_Trek, purepasd, hillis91, roturn, FreitasPCM, jandal7, AbhishekLFC
Liege-Bastogne-LiegeClassicSelwink
Tour de RomandieStage RaceAbhishekLFC
Eschborn-FrankfurtClassicRaziz, Aquarius97, df_Trek, hillis91 and Freitas
Giro d'ItaliaStage Raceroturn, FreitasPCM
Amgen Tour of CaliforniaStage Racedf_Trek
Criterium DauphineStage Racepurepasd
Tour de SuisseStage Raceroturn, AbhishekLFC, Agent David
Tour de FranceStage RaceCroatia
RideLondon-Surrey ClassicClassicpurepasd
Clasica San SebastienClassicpurepasd, hillis91, Roturn, Emre, jensi251
Tour de PologneStage Racedf_Trek, purepasd, hillis91, roturn and Agent David
Binck Bank TourStage RaceMarcovdw, Aquarius97, df_Trek, purepasd, hillis, roturn, FreitasPCM
Cyclassics HamburgClassicAquarius97, FreitasPCM
Vuelta a EspanaStage RaceFreitasPCM
Bretagne Classic - Ouest FranceClassic-
Grand Prix Cicliste de QuebecClassicMarcovdw, Aquarius97, df_Trek, purepasd, Selwink, hillis91, FreitasPCM, AbhishekLFC, jensi251
Grand Prix Cicliste de MontrealClassicAquarius97, df_Trek, hillis91, jandal7, Agent David
WC TTTWCSelwink, FreitasPCM
WC ITTWCAbhishekLFC
WC RRWCSelwink, AbhishekLFC
Presidential Tour of TurkeyStage RaceSelwink
Il LombardiaClassicAquarius, df_Trek, purepasd, hillis91, roturn, FreitasPCm, jandal7, Agent David, jensi251
Tour of GuangxiStage RaceFreitasPCM

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 25-10-2018 06:46
 
Marcovdw
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Manager of Minions in MG and Peugeot in ICL
 
Aquarius97
Ready to kick your ass Wink Pfft And this time playing full-season :lol:
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

Manager of [ICL] Wilier Triestina

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AbhishekLFC
Thank you Marco and Aquarius for showing interest.

Bumping this thread. Please reply if you are interested. The TDU is just a week away and we'll get started soon.

Also, Set 1 for the Year Long Questions will be posted this week, but the deadline will be open till the end of January this time.
 
jandal7
I did Phil for Ronde and Matthews for green from the opening lines Pfft Will naturally be back, need to get myself back to the podium after my cohost robbed me on the line last year and also defend the "points jersey" for most race wins Pfft
30/12/14 - matt17br said "Sutty's birthday is more important than [Jesus' Birthday]"
23/11/18 - Kaustubh Bhalerao said "@Trek Bmc r u being srs or u are just natruallly dumb"


[ICL] Santos-Euskadi | The Life And Times | [PCT] i.imgur.com/c85NSl6.png Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK
The Carbon Throne

i.imgur.com/PdCbs9I.png
i.imgur.com/RPIlJYr.png
 
df_Trek
i'm in!
 
Croatia14
Lanterne Rouge here we go
 
AbhishekLFC
So that's six now. Obviously hoping for more participation to start off the season.

Interested members so far...
Marcovdw
Aquarius97
df_Trek
Croatia14
jandal7
AbhishekLFC
 
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jandal7
Croatia14 wrote:
Lanterne Rouge here we go

That's the spirit
30/12/14 - matt17br said "Sutty's birthday is more important than [Jesus' Birthday]"
23/11/18 - Kaustubh Bhalerao said "@Trek Bmc r u being srs or u are just natruallly dumb"


[ICL] Santos-Euskadi | The Life And Times | [PCT] i.imgur.com/c85NSl6.png Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK
The Carbon Throne

i.imgur.com/PdCbs9I.png
i.imgur.com/RPIlJYr.png
 
trekbmc
I will play, although I said that before and then I failed. Pfft



i.imgur.com/vR8EVAA.png


"What done is, is one." - Benji Naesen
 
purepasd
I'm interested as well Smile
 
Selwink
I'll be in as well again
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/npn.png[PCT] Novatek-Panarmenian.net
[ICL] Sugoi-Xanterra & Canada Dry Dev Team
Stages (Requests closed)

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'But why were [...] they helped to get to space? To find answers, we must look at predictions not of science, but of science-fiction.'
Ancient Aliens
 
AbhishekLFC
Interested members
Marcovdw
Aquarius97
df_Trek
Croatia14
trekbmc
purepasd
Selwink
jandal7
AbhishekLFC


We're up to nine members showing interest so far. A good number but off course we'd like to have some more.

The TDU game will open tomorrow.
 
df_Trek
uhm, no former champion?Rolling Eyes
 
AbhishekLFC
df_Trek wrote:
uhm, no former champion?Rolling Eyes

Working on it Pfft
 
Marcovdw
df_Trek wrote:
uhm, no former champion?Rolling Eyes


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Manager of Minions in MG and Peugeot in ICL
 
United Forever
I'll like to participate this year. Hope I don't forget any of the race entries :lol:
 
df_Trek
Marcovdw wrote:
df_Trek wrote:
uhm, no former champion?Rolling Eyes


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:lol::lol::lol:

however was thinking about last year...
 
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