Fantasy DH League Results: Who Won the Final Round & the Grand Prize

Sep 3, 2022
by Pinkbike Staff  


The results are in for the final round of the DH Fantasy League. See who took home the prize for the best team this round and check out how you did in the Global ranking after an intense battle for the grand prize.




Overall Winner: Fantasy DH League




Grand Prize
Season Overall

At the end of the season the overall Fantasy Downhill Champion will get a Specialized Demo Race worth $7,000 USD in any size of your choosing.

All-out speed has always been the Demo’s target, and with the Demo Race it’s no different. Introducing a new flexible wheel-size frame design that allows riders to take advantage of a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch rear wheel, it’s a special blend that’s long been tested by World Champ Loic Bruni looking for the perfect balance of traction and maneuverability, but only just green-lighted by the UCI this past year. Not that it stopped the Demo Race from racking up both the Downhill World Championship and overall World Cup titles in its very first season... Learn more about the Specialized Demo Race here.





Final Round Prize



@ChrisMessner 's Round 9 team
First Place:

@ChrisMessner picked the best team for this round and received 935 points and walks away with a set of Specialized Hillbilly tires.





Pinkbike Fantasy Downhill League in Association with Specialized




51 Comments

  • 244 1
 Won the overall without winning a single round… call me 2020 Matt Walker
  • 42 2
 Besides the Demo probably the biggest prize is having your username displayed in that font size up there… : )
  • 14 1
 Congrats man! Enjoy the schweet wheels!
  • 6 1
 LOL, CONGRATS, well deserved! Wink
  • 2 0
 we were 100% expecting you to win lmao
  • 2 0
 Well played,congrats!
  • 13 1
 Confvckingrats, dude!

I had a decent finalé and finished in the top eight thousand!
  • 2 1
 Yeah bud, nice work.
  • 3 1
 Man I was watching that race like "maybe he picked Pierron, Meir-Smith, and Dunne... it's possible!" lmao. Congrats though!! Enjoy the new whip! Smile
  • 7 1
 Congrats dude. Did my best to close the gap, but fell short in the end. Enjoy to new whip.
  • 5 0
 Well done! hope you get your stinky
  • 2 1
 @CarbonShmarbon: you would have hated it, it has a derailleur.
  • 1 0
 @garrett-g: it's what I picked Frown
  • 1 0
 @rad-but-also-sad: thank you mate!
  • 1 0
 @garrett-g: my biggest decision this week was Kolb or Kerr... my thinking was that Kolb having to come down last for the first time in his career would be too much pressure for him... I was wrong!
  • 3 0
 @dirty-mind: congrats on sick season dude... same again next year!
  • 2 0
 Yes a real person won!!! wooop! ha
  • 57 1
 Imaging asking for a stinky, but they give you a demo instead. Poor guy...
  • 3 1
 I might have won the bike, but you win best comment of this thread lol
  • 21 1
 Oh my! Finally I won something lmao! Thanks! How do I get the price?
  • 6 0
 Wait easily a month, get a mail from pinkbike and answer it with contact details, wait another 2 to 3 months and receive the prize
  • 5 0
 @bashhard: means I will get those tires just in time for the start of the next season? Great!
  • 19 1
 Guy wants a Stinky, gets a Demo :/

Congrats man!
  • 2 0
 haha, thank you mate!
  • 7 1
 I'm glad I saved my worst possible pics for the last race, you know, to keep things exciting
  • 2 0
 Same here, 228 lol.
  • 2 0
 How is that feeling when you beat your mate in the last round after he has been leading through the whole series!!
Better luck next year @puffysquirter Smile
Well done @iwantstinky .
  • 1 0
 thank you mate!
  • 1 1
 I thought with my team set up it would have been one of my worst results. Ended up being my second best placing. Has anyone deciphered how to actually do well in these? Is it more common to win with a random assortment of 'good' finishers, or is it more common to just pick the number one riders and then finish out with some ok riders who punched above their weight for their price...
  • 4 1
 It's all about timed training
  • 1 1
 @CarbonShmarbon: TFW ur line up smashes it in qualies and then chokes on finals -_- we need those alt results of who won fantasy qualies and fantasy TTs.

I don't have enough fashion sense to compete in the fantasy track walk event.
  • 1 0
 I look at the statistics for who (on average) wins more points per cost. I spend more on women than men per person typically bc the top women earn more points consistently (smaller field). Then I look at timed training results, and try to make a subjective call about who can translate a fast TT run to a race run, who is on a win streak/building momentum, who is being talked about/looks confident on the vital raws/wynTV trackwalks/etc, and finally a check for anybody injured or not at an event. Also keep in mind tendencies for riders to do better at certain points in the season, e.g. Vali Hoell seems to excel late season but struggle early on.

This year the stats game was dominated by Rogge, Dunne, Meier-Smith, Levesque, Iles, Hatton, Dooley, Vernon, Amaury (despite the cost), Zwar and both Kerrs for men and Hoffman, Hrastknik and Farina for women.

My strategy got me to 173rd out of 23,456 this year so maybe its good for a top 1% team, but maybe not winning a new demo. P.S. I got murdered in Champs, stats for WC overalls don't translate well at all
  • 2 0
 Congrats Stinky! I did not do too well in the DH league this year, but I am happy that I am on the lead of the XC fantasy! Oh wait...
  • 1 0
 thank you mate!
  • 2 1
 I miss my Stinky for some odd reason. All that pushing up and bombing down hoping nothing falls off!
  • 2 1
 Congrats Stinky! I am so glad a real person / non-bot, won this prize. Enjoy!
  • 1 2
 I'm curious, do you think a bot has won before?
  • 1 0
 thank you mate!
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: it seems awfully suspicious that people with no real PB participation and accounts a couple months old win ome of the larger giveaways
  • 2 0
 @meathooker: I've been here since 2010 btw
  • 2 0
 @iwantstinky: oh I know - snooped your profile as soon as I saw who won! Glad an OG PB’er won. Congrats!
  • 1 1
 @meathooker: It's just PBers making 100 separate accounts to increase their odds of winning.
  • 3 1
 give that man a stinky, gudamnit!
  • 2 1
 My first year on the fantasy circuit, proper enjoyed the racing and the picking. Got 62nd overall, well happy with that!
  • 3 1
 Congrats Stinky. All us fantasy nerds are stoked for you.
  • 2 0
 thank you brother! looking forward to more of the same next year!
  • 2 1
 I'm happy as long as my score makes a higher number than my ranking.
  • 2 1
 I’ll trade you for a stinky?! With some shiny junior t’s!!
  • 1 0
 Congratulations. Looking forward to next season already.
  • 1 0
 Congrats brother man! Put that bike to work now!!





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