Pinkbike's DH Fantasy League Contest: How-To 2024

Mar 18, 2024
by Pinkbike Staff  
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HOW TO PLAY

1. SIGN UP

You must be a registered Pinkbike User to play in Pinkbike's DH Fantasy League. If you are not a registered Pinkbike user you can sign up for FREE.

2. CHOOSE YOUR TEAM:

Each player has a virtual $1,500,000 budget to build their Fantasy Team.

Your Fantasy Team contains 6 Team Athletes. Select 4 male athletes and 2 female athletes to complete your Fantasy Team. The riders your can choose in the Fantasy League system have been selected by the following criteria:
- The rider did at least 2 World Cup races last year
- The rider had at least 1 top 60 finish
- Select first year Elite riders (Juniors in 2023)

Pick your rider by first clicking the Pick WC Racer button and select from the drop down menu. Repeat for all 6 Racers. You can see the value of each rider in the drop down menu.

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Fantasy Downhill presented by Trek

Remember you do not have an unlimited budget, so pick wisely. TIP: check riders' social media, declared plans for 2024, and early season results to help make your decisions. You do not need to spend all your budget to build your team yet you can only spend up to the $1,500,000 limit.

Once you have all your team selected, click Save.

Fantasy Downhill presented by Trek
Fantasy Downhill presented by Trek

3. MANAGE YOUR TEAM:

NEW for 2024 is dynamic pricing so the team that you choose for one round could be out of your budget for the next round. Riders’ salaries will start the season based on their historical results, but those salaries will get updated after each round. Riders who are having a good season will rise in price over time, and riders who are struggling will drop in price.

In previous years there’s been a gradual convergence of teams as the best value riders became obvious throughout the season. Now with dynamic rider pricing, fantasy team managers will have to be more savvy as the leading riders price themselves out of their teams. This will also help more divergent strategies emerge—will you field strong mid-pack riders, or will you go all-in on an expensive top rider?

When rider prices change, if your team's budget gets pushed beyond the salary cap, your most expensive rider will be replaced with the least expensive rider. If your team is still over the budget cap, your next most expensive rider will be swapped for the least expensive rider. You can then choose to go and reallocate budget and make changes as needed. Of course, players will still have time to update their teams to their preferences in the lead-up to each round of qualifiers—they’ll just need to stay under the $1.5 million dollar cost cap.

Every round each participant can make as many changes as you like. Your changes will be restricted by your available budget. To make changes select EDIT TEAM button and then select the rider you wish to change. Then choose your new rider from the drop down list.

Fantasy Downhill presented by Trek
Fantasy Downhill presented by Trek

Team changes are permitted up until Qualifying. After that, your selections are locked in for the first race, and you can make changes to your team per round after each race. There will be a countdown timer for team changes each round.

For the UCI MTB World Championships, new athletes may be added to the list of available riders.

2024 Race Schedule:

May 3-5: UCI DH World Cup #1 - Fort William, Scotland
May 17-19: UCI DH World Cup #2 - Bielsko Biala, Poland
June 7-9: UCI DH World Cup #3 - Leogang, Austria
June 14-16: UCI DH World Cup #4 - Val di Sole, Italy
July 5-7: UCI DH World Cup #5 - Haute-Savoie, France
August 28-September 1: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Pal Arinsal/Vallnord, Andorra
September 6-8: UCI DH World Cup #6 - Loudenvielle, France
October 4-6: UCI DH World Cup #7 - Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada

4. PLAY AGAINST YOUR FRIENDS:

Users can create a League to compete with friends. Note: You can only join one other league.

Click the CREATE LEAGUE button to create your own League. You will be asked to create a password. You can invite friends by sharing the league link and providing your password.

You can opt to join another league. Click CHANGE LEAGUE button to see a list of alternate leagues. Note: To Join a new league you may require a password as issued by the league creator.

RACE ROUND SCORING

For each round of the 2024 UCI World Cup DH circuit your Fantasy Team will accrue points based upon your athletes' final placing. Points will be awarded as follows:

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5. WIN PRIZES

The League is open to everyone, but prizes are only available for contestants from the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK. If the top contestant is not from one of these countries, prizes will go to the next eligible person.

Grand Prize / Season Overall

At the end of the season the overall Fantasy Downhill Champion will get a $5000 USD cash prize*. Yep, cold hard cash to spend on whatever you want. Should there be multiple teams with the same total cumulative points scores, the grand prize will be awarded to whoever scored the highest points in round race #1. See Official Rules for details.

In addition to the Grand Prize, $5000 USD will be donated by Five Ten in honour of the Grand Prize winner to their charity of choice of Grow Cycling Foundation, Trash Free Trails or the Athlete Recovery Fund. See Official Rules for details.

Round Prizes / Every World Cup + World Champs

If you have the top team of the week, you'll take home two fresh pairs of shoes and an athlete-signed jersey. Each race round will have a prize for the Top Fantasy Team of that round. Should there be multiple teams with the same total points for that race round, the prize for that round will be awarded to whoever scores highest points in the tie breaker round. See Official Rules for details.


IMPORTANT: We recommend you have your initial team created by May 4, 2024 and then ahead of Qualifying each round after that. You will want to maximize your points score and have your team present for all races. Teams created after the season has started will not be eligible to backlog points.


The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Five Ten.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The Contest begins on 18 March 2024 at 09:00:01 a.m. PDT and ends on October 6, 2024 at 11:59 PM PDT. Anyone can participate in the Pinkbike Fantasy Downhill League Game but the The Pinkbike Fantasy Downhill League Contest whereby participants can win prizes (“Contest”) is open only to legal residents of Australia, Canada (except the Province of Québec), Germany, United Kingdom, and 50 United States and DC who are 18 years of age or older and the age of majority in theirjurisdiction of residence. The Contest begins on 18 March 2024 at 09:00:01 a.m. PDT and ends on 6 October 2024 at 11:59:59 PM PDT. *5,000 USD cash portion of the grand prize will be awarded in a form of a check if the winner is from US or Canada; and will be awarded as a bank wire transfer if the winner is from Australia, Germany or UK.

Winners outside of the United States will receive the cash prize in their local currency as of the date of prize award according the current foreign exchange rate. If the Grand Prize winner is from Australia, Canada, Germany or the UK, s/he will have to provide their bank wire transfer information at a duly licensed financial institution in order to receive the Grand Prize. See Official Rules for full details on eligibility requirements, how to play, and prize description. Void in Province of Quebec and where prohibited. Sponsor: Outside Interactive.


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 Unlike in a real championship, FL scoring descends in a linear fashion, forcing one to choose riders who "do well" rather than invest in podium candidates.







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