DH Fantasy League: 3 Days Left to Change Your Team Before Fort William

May 29, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

We're heading into the second round of the Fantasy Downhill Presented by Trek. So far over 19,000 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! @MoonboyMTB took the first round and the Bontrager Line Pro wheelset, but will he be able to guess the winners in Fort William as well and stay in the lead? Since it's been five weeks since we last played, 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 Round 1, 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 1 in Losinj, Croatia. 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 2 Prize
Fort William, June 3

Pick the best team for this round and you can walk away with a 10 Tubeless Ready SE5 Team Issue tires (value $750 USD) Start the season right, with a summer's worth of fresh treads!
round 2 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.



  • 30 0
 10 tires is "a summer's worth"? Damn I wish I had the time to send that many runs in a summer!
  • 18 0
 1 set = 2 summers. My like sucks.
  • 10 0
 Can we get the link for the DH Fantasy league as a button on the home page?
  • 7 0
 Can anyone point me towards an entrant list? Last round I had people on my team who weren't even racing....
  • 1 0
 I use Insta and its pretty good
  • 5 2
 To bad you don't have to stick with your original team make up - would be way more of a challenge and realistic, real teams don't change every week... Maybe a different cat. for that next year?
  • 8 0
 There's a reason it's called fantasy and not reality.
  • 1 1
 Yeah I think it makes it a different competition. With a limit on trades you have to hedge your bets over the whole season, rather than pick riders with good results on particular courses. So lame for people if they tried moneyballing their first round selection. Still fun though.
  • 9 0
 I want to see a losers competition. You have to spend all your budget, lowest score wins!
  • 3 0
 It’s an interesting concept, we played around with that idea and it was 50/50. If enough people like the idea we’ll look to change things up for next year
  • 2 1
 "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."

This is my first time doing any fantasy thing but can't you already do this by clearing your team and picking other people? That's what I did last round but I feel like I f*cked up....
  • 7 0
 I know, I think you should pick a team and stay with it the whole season. Then consistency counts too, not just who suits each track, or isn’t injured.
  • 3 1
 @cunning-linguist: Yeah but by trade does that mean you now get the rider's updated value and can use that towards others? I guess that's my real question.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: did values change?
  • 1 1
 @Jimmy0: I'd imagine they would with the change in points but to be honest I never checked.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: No. Values didn't change. That's coming next year. Some new riders might be added, but everything stays the same.
  • 2 0
 @karl-burkat: For the first round, the Global overall ranking was also that round's scoreboard. Will there be a separate list per round, or the Global ranking throughout and just each round's winner announced?
  • 2 0
 Keeping the team as is, I'm hoping for consistency and a couple of cheeky wins this season.
  • 2 0
 connor, would you please just win yer first WC for me please.
  • 4 2
 Are these tires comes as a 26inch version?
  • 3 1
 Greg minnar has fractured his arm
  • 1 0
 Whaaaat?! Oh man, that must suck! The poor guy. Healing vibes to Minnaar.
*Races to change DH fantasy team*
  • 2 0
 No Katy Curd in the female list!
  • 1 0
 Any news if Bruni is healed for racing?
  • 2 0
 @nojzilla: He should be good to go, but history says Minaar has the best chance of winning. Will Loic go easy coming off injury, or will he be on a tear looking to win? Will Gwinner finally take top spot?..... Will be a good race for sure Smile
  • 2 2
 @m1dg3t: Minnaar hasn't been on a podium since he started using the Assguy tires. Gotta keep an eye out on the practice & qualifying photos to see which tires he's on.
  • 3 0
 Timed training will mean everything.
  • 1 1
 @aerius30: Fair enough, but check the winners over the course of the last 10yrs or so.

I really don't think his tire choice has anything to do with his bad luck.
  • 1 0
 Definitely gonna flop this round lmaooo
  • 2 0
 injury icon! cool!
  • 1 1
 Why isn't Katy Curd on the list? Was looking for riders likely to do well here, surprised she isn't even listed
  • 1 0
 Is Moir still hurt??
  • 2 1
 Instagram is your friend
  • 1 0
 @tom666: yeah posted that without thinking too clearly, realized he was quickly after
  • 2 1
 @tom666: what's that?
  • 1 0
 JK he is
  • 1 1
 Jack Moir is still injured right ???
  • 11 2
 Nah man he's good to rip. He'll be a solid addition for this stop.
  • 1 1
 MINNAAR what?! I didn't have him but damn.
  • 1 0
 Where is Angel Suarez?

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