DH Fantasy League: Last Chance To Change Your Team Before Val di Sole

Jul 5, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

We're heading into the fourth round of the Fantasy Downhill Presented by Trek. So far over 20,000 Pinkbike readers have picked their dream DH World Cup team to be in the running to walk home with a Trek Session 9.9 and other prizes!

@Quinny85 won the last round in Leogang with 955 points and walked away with a Bontrager Rally MIPS Helmet and a Bontrager Ion 800 R / Flare R Light Set (value $289.98 USD). After 3 rounds, @lerouge is leading the overall with 2254 points. The overall winner at the end of all 7 rounds of the 2018 UCI World Cup and the 2018 UCI World Championships will walk home with a Trek Session 9.9 with a limited edition exclusive paint job! More photos and detail on the spec here.

Read on to refresh your memory about how the league works and increase your chances of taking home a prize.

If you didn't participate in the first rounds, now's the time to enter a team! You may not be able to win the Grand Prize, but there are prizes for each round, so it's worth spending the time to create a team.

Cam McCaul Recap Show

Cam is a secret World Cup fiend and will be joining us each week post-race to break down all the action. Here's the video of Cam McCaul after Round 3 in Leogang, Austria. Watch for his top picks and strategies for this round of the Pinkbike Fantasy Downhill contest.

Grand Prize
Season Overall

At the end of the season, the overall Fantasy Downhill Champion will win a Trek Session 9.9 complete bike with Limited Edition exclusive paint scheme. You can see where you're currently sitting in the Global ranking here.
DH Fantasy League 2018 grand prize Trek Session 9.9

Round 4 Prize
Val di Sole, July 7

Pick the best team for this round and you can walk away with a TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump & a Rapid Pack (value $180 USD) Pump it up. Pack it out.
Round 4 Prizing

3-Day Blackout Period

In order to avoid players copying each other's teams, all rider selections will be hidden for 72 hours before each race. Start playing mind games with your friends that you know are shoulder-hopping your choices.

Unlimited Trades

To make evolving your strategy between rounds easier, we've allowed unlimited trades after each round. Instead of only 2 changes allowed per round, you can now stick with what's working, or change your whole team out after every race.

Injury Icon

We've added an injury icon to show high profile athletes who are injured. This is not foolproof or exhaustive, so you'll still need to do your own research into your picks. If you know of riders who are injured, mention them in the comments and we’ll keep this updated.

Office Leagues

Employees at Race Face, Norco, SRAM, Trek, Chromag, Jenson, Specialized, and more are battling it out behind closed doors in their Office Leagues.
Fantasy League trash talk

Offices can set up private leagues in addition to playing the main public league. Let the trash talk begin and show Dave in accounting who's boss (sorry Dave).

The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Trek.



  • + 19
 A fanny pack? Think I'll change my team to Minaar and Moir....
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 Not just any fanny pack - a $180 fanny pack!
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 @Jvhowube: $180 for the Rapid Pack AND the pump. Pump is almost all of that $ value. It's a nice fanny pack (it's my go to for rides under 2 hours these days) but it's not $180..
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 @nouseforaname: Ah true - definitely misread
  • + 1
 Can I just win the Rapid fanny bandito pack,,,,,, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Fanny packs lower your center of gravity, your turning will improve, 100% guaranteed
  • + 1
 @brodoyouevenbike: That's why I fill mine with rocks, center of gravity is wicked low
  • + 2
 @brodoyouevenbike: Center of of gravity sounds great however I will sacrifice that for some vagina any day.
  • + 4
 @fecalmaster: fanny pack goes in back, so it really never gets in the way of all your intercourse. Plus you can have it filled with copulation supplies, like ravioli and band aids
  • - 1
 @Jimmy0: Indeed, have fun with the raviolis and I will have the trying task of taking care of all the girls who die laughing at fanny banditos,,,, trust me they are laughing.
  • + 1
 I will say that the Flash Charger pump is a niiiiiice piece of kit. Had to fill a flat tire on my Van recently, it was drivable after 4 charges. (Disclaimer: Many other brand charger pumps are also very nice, I know.)
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: The fanny pack removes vagina potential, but the berm railing ads the potential back in, my studies show no reduction in the net vagina gains.
  • + 0
 @brodoyouevenbike: Honestly I have 2 girls with me right now who both agree fanny bandito packs are a no go. They are not the berm watching types though. More with the curves and not smelling like mud if your into that sort of thing.
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: Perhaps there are geographic trends, further research is necessary.
  • + 2
 @fecalmaster: nobody asked for your sisters' opinions
  • + 2
 @fecalmaster: can't you just get vagina regardless of what you wear?
Sucks to be you
  • - 1
 @ShailyCR: That's a good one but I have a very rad vagina living with me. Ironically I wasn't wearing a fanny pack when I met my girl.
  • - 1
 @Jimmy0: Just because your into fanny packs and inbreeding , wait don't tell met you work at a carnival I knew it.
  • + 0
 @fecalmaster: noice brotha, does she know your the fecalmaster?
  • + 2
 Free stuff is free stuff in my books. Whether it's a 5 dollar bill to a candy store or $1000 wheel set, it's something i'm investing my own money in. People seem to be a little salty around here over a free contest
  • + 4
 "Rapid Pack"...
Is that what we're calling them this year?

  • + 3
 I'd be stoked with the fanny pack. No bottle holder on my bike
  • + 2
 I have to say that fanny pack rocks and lets me carry a second bottle and enough of what I need.
  • + 2
 Dam I'm going to have between 800 and 900 points this round!
  • + 2
 Same here as far as I can figure... and I picked Gwin, which totally screwed me. Had I not, I would've bagged >1,000 ... gutted. Lol.
  • + 1
 Thank you for doing this. I have so much fun doing this and discussing with buddies.
  • + 1
 can i really change my team till 7th? cause last 3 rounds i coundnt change it anymore after qualy
  • + 2
 you can't change it after qualies.
  • + 2
 @karl-burkat: Is the roster deadline accurate given the race is on the Saturday this round?
  • + 1
 @karl-burkat: According to fantasy pinkbike deadline - you can change team even after women elite race and during men race!
  • + 2
 @AdamOdh: hmm, looking now, we might have an old time. Stay tuned!
  • + 1
The Fantasy DH needs to either be locked down before qualifying starts or leave it open untill the race start.
Nobody down here is going to wake up at 2am in the morning to check times and make changes to their team.
Its an unfair advantage for everyone who happens to be in a favourable time zone.
Its a global competition right?
Why does it need to be closed as soon as qualifying finishes?
  • + 1
 @blockie: The count down was adjusted to 12:30pm today after I posted, which would have been the start of qualifying I think? I assume the countdown wasn't just for show.
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yeah Im not sure what time the qualifying started and ended so I dont know wether it was locked out before or after qualifying.
During qualifying in the last round I woke up in the middle of the night and realised that I hadnt set my team. Qualifying times were being posted and I was able to change my team until after qualifying had finished. So I assume this is the format for every round.
I would never intentionally wake up at 2am to check qualifying so all im really saying is the only way to make it fair for everybody is either to lock changes before qualifying or to leave it open to team changes up until the race starts.
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 What a load of shite. @blockie:
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 @AdamOdh: well done on the points dude you smashed it!!:-)
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