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Thoughts about 2017 Pro Tour Punditry?

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Marmion, 28 Dec 2016.

  1. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    I was having a look at the 2017 calendar today in preparation for the 2017 version.

    My current thoughts are to have a reduced number of events, as some events (especially the end of year stuff) attracted few pundits, and others seemed to be a bit of a grind.

    I was also thinking a reduced number of events might encourage others who want to give it a go some encouragement to do so - it was quite good to have a wee break when others ran events last year for the 'lympics and Tour of Britain - and might lead to some more innovation. One of the good things from last year was the changes to the format/scoring so I'm all up for more of that. I have been giving some thought to scoring additions for "flair picks" but it needs some work and only as an experiment to see if it works.

    I am keen for more people to join in so open to all suggestions.

  2. HF2300

    HF2300 Insanity Prawn Boy

    Might be no significance to my thoughts as I couldn't really participate last year and can't promise to this year, but I thought it worked well last year thanks in large part to your scoring innovations and enthusiasm.

    I'd be wary of going too overboard on scoring experimentation; I think one reason it works, apart from the healthy feeling of community here, is that it is simple and easy to participate in, or muck in and run a couple of events for those who want to. Whatever you do should stay light and accessible.

    Agreed on perhaps chopping a few events, maybe to leave the highlight events and reasonable gaps between, and avoid a long tail at the end of the season.

    How do you define a flair pick, and how would you score it?
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  3. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    Errr, errr, errr...

    As I said, it needs a bit of work
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  4. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    Just using this as a holding pen for the races, not guaranteed to be the final list...

    17.01-22.01 AUS.png Tour Down Under
    25.02 BEL.png Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
    04.03 ITA.png Strade Bianche Men/Women
    18.03 ITA.png Milano - Sanremo
    22.03 BEL.png Dwars door Vlaanderen
    24.03 BEL.png E3 Harelbeke
    26.03 BEL.png Gent - Wevelgem Men/Women
    02.04 BEL.png Ronde v. Vlaanderen Men/Women
    09.04 FRA.png Paris - Roubaix
    16.04 NED.png Amstel Gold Race Men/Women
    19.04 BEL.png La Flèche Wallonne Men/Women
    23.04 BEL.png Liège-Bastogne-Liège Men/Women
    05.05-28.05 ITA.png Giro d'Italia
    04.06-11.06 FRA.png Critérium Dauphiné
    01.07-23.07 FRA.png Tour de France
    19.08-10.09 ESP.png Vuelta a España
    17.09-24.09 UCI.png World Champ Men/Women TTT/ITT/RR
    07.10 ITA.png Il Lombardia

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    Last edited: 29 Dec 2016
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  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Forget the womens' races...:whistle:
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  6. gk09

    gk09 Active Member

    I'll definately be in and hopefully for the whole season this time!

    No need for drastic change in my opinion, I agree with @HF2300 that it's good because it's simple to join in.

    But I wonder if there's scope for a fantasy team type competition. Pick you squad of riders at the start of the season, points for results throughout the season.... maybe something for next year.
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  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Flair picks don't need extra rewards IMHO.
    They are their own reward in that you get points that nobody else has.
    Keep it simple
    No concurrent events
    No women's races. Did I mention that before?:whistle:
  8. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    I'll keep it simple.
    And Women's events are IN
  9. themosquitoking

    themosquitoking Über Member

    Automatic double points for me, that could an easy feature to introduce.
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  10. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    I like simple, I'm easily confused
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  11. simo105

    simo105 Senior Member

    Keep it simple, I'll try and predict throughout this season!
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  12. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Fine, I'll get a new pin.
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