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Round 4 Fantasy DH League Results & Overall Update - Val di Sole DH World Cup 2024

Jun 17, 2024
by Pinkbike Staff  
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The results are in for the fourth round of Pinkbike's DH Fantasy League, presented by the good people at Five Ten. Check out how you did in the Global ranking. At the end of the season, one lucky player will take home a $5000 USD cash prize*.

Rosters are unlocked now so you can swap out your team ahead of the next round in Les Gets next month.



Fantasy League Updates:

After four exciting rounds of racing in 2024, we want to announce some updates about the Fantasy League ahead of the next round.

Round 3 issues
We had some issues with our system in Round 3, which allowed a small number of teams to be edited while the points were being saved. We fixed the process immediately for Round 4, but since there's no way to fairly calculate the overall with Round 3, we have neutralized the results of the third round in Leogang. We will still be giving the round prize to the selected winner of the round, but everyone's points from that round will not be counted towards the overall and the grand prize at the end of the season. We apologize for the error, it's incredibly frustrating, but we feel this is the fairest way to go forward.

Pricing & budget changes
As the league reaches the middle point of the season with four rounds (three World Cups and World Champs) left to go, we will be adjusting our rider pricing to more accurately reflect the performances of the top riders. And as inflation continues to hit everyone hard, we will be looking at increasing your team budgets once we update the league with the new pricing. Stay tuned for the details ahead of the next round.





DH World Cup Round 4
Val di Sole, Italy

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@Nastrodvia 's Round 4 team
First Place:

@Nastrodvia picked the best team for this round and received 131 points

@rosl is now in the lead in the overall with 286 points.





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.

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Round 4 // Val di Sole, Italy

Each race round will have a prize for the Top Fantasy Team of that round. One person will take home two fresh pairs of shoes and an athlete-signed jersey. We will update this article shortly once we've confirmed the eligibility for the winner. See Official Rules for details.


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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.




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-Sainte-Anne, Canada

Good luck!



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104 Comments
  • 57 1
 I'll just go ahead and say that I like the dynamic pricing. I end up changing my team around more from race to race, which makes things more interesting. Yes, the valuations for a lot of the riders were off, but it sounds like that's getting fixed.
  • 29 0
 Yeah we can see that a ton more people are changing their teams from race to race, and a lot of divergent strategies are doing well. I do feel like it's tough for some folks to not be able to choose all the top 5 riders... but like, that's part of the fun too.
  • 6 0
 @brianpark: has dynamic pricing been shelved for this round?

It seems like rider valuations have not changed. Amaury at 500,000 is very good value, especially after that performance.
  • 6 1
 @jmsjns: So far we have only added the points for round four. We are currently working on an adjustment to our dynamic riding pricing and will have more news to share soon. I can say that Amaury will not be that cheap for the next round after his Val di Sole win but he could still be a viable option for some teams.
  • 1 0
 @jmsjns: He'll be a much harder choice moving forward.
  • 3 0
 I am a long time pinkbike fantasy player and i must say that this one is the most frustrating formats ever. Furthermore it now is as complicated as a propper videogame (to get right) and it still works like an early alpha:

- prices were far off at the start
-poor gamedesign, as threre is no real benefit getting the winner (or podium) right as the pointdistributioncurve is very flat.
-no points for semis (debatable but i still think its wrong just awarding top 30 riders points -and in addition doing a flat distributioncurve)
-dynamic pricing is a lot of work (do get it right), it looks like this work has not been put in thus far. Myriam Nicole too cheap, Amaury, Bodhi Khun etc. Still guys in the millionaires club who did not great thus far.
- poor maintenance, handling, especially the whole Leogang thing.

All in all, as i said -its an alpha of a videogame, not ready for release. In pinkbikes defence, its hard to get all that right in a short amount of time, but maybe just maybe the changes were too ambitous.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt: Im getting a notification that my team is over budget, and that my most expensive rider, but also that the next event is under way and my team is locked... whats going on?
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: We have just applied a big update to rider prices ahead of the next round. We are looking into why the teams are locked and this should be fixed soon so everyone can make changes ahead of the racing this week.
  • 3 0
 @edspratt: Why automatically remove the most expensive rider? Don't do that. That's a terribly lazy way to deal with this situation.

Maybe I want to keep my most expensive rider and I'm willing to sacrifice others to do that.

A message that I need to change the team is sufficient.

Please don't auto decide for us.
  • 44 2
 wow... Thats pretty cool for us who genuinely picked our team and got fucked.
  • 14 2
 Right! Leogang was one of my better rounds annoyingly. Seems like there has to be a way for them to see in their system when a roster choice was made and then could just disqualify those people
  • 7 6
 @pierceklinke: I wish there were. Sorry to all affected.
  • 18 3
 @brianpark:

can't you just ignore the flaw and keep on counting Leogang?

Probably more people are affected from eliminating Leogang than from this team change bug.
  • 10 7
 @brianpark can't you just disqualify the cheaters?
  • 11 1
 @cky78: The cheaters didn't know they were cheating at the time, they were picking teams for the next round....
  • 6 1
 100% was my best round & I’ve been royal bent over and right up the
  • 12 6
 wow.... Imagine getting this upset over a free contest to win cool prizes.
  • 12 0
 @brianpark: "no good deed goes unpunished".
Thanks PB for the free fantasy league. I'm sure, in time, we'll all recover somehow from the rnd 3 tragedy
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: it left my emojis out, as much as it’s a let down, I get it, my emojis might have shown I was hamming it up.
  • 2 0
 And it especially suck @brianpark @edspratt because I not only lost the points gained but then also lost one of my best riders in Tahnee because I was over budget. She would have stayed in my team for the next round. So I lost the benefit of picking well in Leogang and then also was penalized by not being able to keeping her in my team. WTF?
  • 1 0
 @aricthred: yeah this is what kills me too. Stripping leogang and then not setting the riders back to the price they were prior to leogang I'd imagine cut 30% of the possible final winners as anyone who was on a come back is now in now way capable of a come back.
  • 1 1
 @aricthred: LOL what a travesty.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: I totally get it 100% and honestly feel for the guys who put all this together for everyone to have a bit of fun and enjoyment during the DH season, our riding crew purely do it for bragging rights during our ride days.
I did come on here with a bit of a spray up, but was trying to be grateful & sarcastic at the same time, poor form on my account, as it only fuelled more flare ups in other threads. Add the lack of emojis from my comments, as I didn’t realise they don’t show on this platform & it made me look like a right grumpy old man hahaha!!
  • 1 0
 @Janne88: 100percent agree now it's screwed everyone up not just a few
  • 30 3
 Thank you for the Fantasy League Pinkbike! Appreciate your work and to be able to have an extra sweat for free!
  • 10 2
 @edspratt deserves all the credit for running it.
  • 25 1
 Damn. I've lost 3000 places, because Leogang was my only good riders choice. That sucks. Love your fantasy league anyways pb. With the changes it's even better i hope!
  • 9 1
 Same here. I completely understand the way they "fixed" this, but so far I'd gotten the best points from Leogang helping a lot after really crappy first two rounds. I know it's not serious (I can't play for anything but bragging rights), but still a little annoying.
  • 18 1
 Round three is when I did the best. That exclusion really tanked my league ranking Frown .
  • 4 2
 They should post up the screen names of all the confirmed cheaters. LOL! The exclusion definitely helped me. That my worst week by a huge margin. I'm guessing it's really going to hose quite a few people and it'll help others. Not really fair. But that's what happens when people cheat.... and do so knowingly.
  • 10 1
 Is there any way to keep Round 3 for the private leagues and just remove it for the global league?
  • 2 4
 That would be great. This is sooooo bad... I'll probably stop playing. They should just leave it as it is and keep on counting Leogang. It can't be that many teams affected by the flaw.
  • 6 1
 What happened was not intentional cheating. They unlocked the picks after the race so it just seemed like the picks were open for the next weeks race. No one had any idea that those new picks would be counted for the race that was already over 10 hours earlier. It’s unfortunate that it happened but I’m sure they don’t have a way to know when the picks changed or they would just revert it.
  • 1 0
 Ah is this why I've had points excluded for the previous race? Just logged in to see an 'E' next to that race result - had no idea why. Nothing intentional by me!

Edit: just read the top of the page and now it makes sense
  • 1 0
 How do you know it was unintentional? I went to look at my fantasy league right after the race and was surprised it looked like you could edit it, despite the fact scores weren't in yet for the round. I didn't actually try editing my team, but it sure looked like you could do it before your team was evaluated, so I'm sure at least some people were actually looking to take advantage of the flaw.
  • 2 0
 Does this mean that you have to wait for a certain amount of time before changing your team after each round? I tend to change mine right each race the moment it gets unlocked and you're able to edit it again, assuming it's editable on purpose.
  • 13 6
 My best round so far is exempt now. Made one change after fort bill , can be bothered with it now.
  • 7 13
flag geerumm FL (Jun 17, 2024 at 11:47) (Below Threshold)
 Same, no longer contributing to this. Free or not, PB benefits more than anyone else with the added clicks and traffic. Best week gets removed when roster was set days in advance, then couldn't make adjustments this round due to over-budget team. Huh? The pricing system is wonky. Please fix and I will return for 2025.
  • 13 10
 @geerumm: LOL yeah I'm sure they're absolutely hurting to have one less person pay in a field of 30,000 contestants.
  • 6 0
 @scott-townes: Especially when they announce that they're leaving in a comment thread, thus creating more engagement on pb.
  • 5 5
 Ahh man, I'm sorry. That sucks. If we had any alternative here we'd take it.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: dang I had a great round 3 to add to a great round 4. Can someone help me change my associated email with my account as I no longer have access to my email account I set this up with?
  • 3 4
 @reindeln: People with an absurd sense of self-importance typically do that.
  • 5 1
 @brianpark: ah. Don’t listen to them. Round 3 was my worst. So I’m happy that it is docked.
  • 1 0
 @mitochris: my round 3 was worth 96 points...
  • 3 0
 @geerumm: what exactly are you no longer going to contribute to this free contest?
  • 9 1
 aw huge bummer, 122 pts. lost from round 3. =(
  • 7 3
 Fairest thing to do would of been to leave the points as they were, a lot of FL players had a great round 3 & it seems more player were punished than rewarded for their efforts, to slide 4000 positions on the global, tells me thousands were punished to catch the 100’s that made changes during the blackout period, poor form imo. I think points should be reinstated for rd3 personally & those that know they made changes could come forward & have there points changed. If they choose not to and are happy to cheat, well that’s on them, 99% of use aren’t going to win squat. But it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth to not only go backwards on the ladder, but also now have less points that you start out with because it’s the easiest way for who, you? You guys are the ones that screwed up, so you guys should be the ones to fix it. Not just scratch everyone points. Pure laziness, easy option.
  • 9 4
 Just give those that cheated zero points! How would anyone even know that you were able to do that? That sucks big time unless you had sh1t points!!!.
  • 7 1
 shout out to the masterminds who laughed in the face of dignity and cheated to win a pair of shoes or whatever lol
  • 3 0
 Damn shame for a lot of people for rd3. But it’s a cash prize competition so I guess there are gaming laws that need to followed. Think of the Ts&Cs you didn’t read. Maybe this is the only way to avoid getting sued by some sore loser muppet.
  • 6 0
 Reset the points from round 3 and tell UCI to redo leogang
  • 1 0
 Tell'em to get rid of Semis while you're at it. Someone go talk to the UCI already.
  • 2 0
 @edspratt next year, could you give us a grace period instead of removing our highest paid rider. Tell us that we need to update but let us make the choice. If we haven’t updated by the time the event start, then drop the highest paid rider. Thank you.
  • 2 0
 Whats going on with the rosters??!!

Get email to change team today as riders over budget, have a look and there are riders i havent picked. Go to change riders snd says rosters are locked as race is in progress. Next race is 5 days away.

Can this be looked into?
  • 2 0
 Aye. I just noticed. WTF is going on????
  • 21 17
 Gotta love all the negativity and bitching over a free chance to win prizes.
  • 5 0
 Dammit PB. I was 2nd in my group league, now I'm 5th.
  • 4 0
 So, if people changed their round 3 teams after the competing of round 3, should this be called Pink Bike Fantasy Doping?
  • 1 0
 @brianpark @edspratt - so w/ the round 3 snafu does that mean - maybe, just maybe - FL will make up for it by including world champs? Huh? Huh? Huh? I don't know if that was going to be in the mix anyway, and we all know what a bitch-fest it's going to be (self included) when we are all whining about being unable to watch it live... but it seems like tossing that into the mix for FL would be fun & would help make up for the round 3 gutting.
  • 2 0
 It's going to include World Champs. But it was already going to include World Champs... Smile
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Gotcha. Thx -
  • 11 8
 Why not just DQ the cheaters? Because it's not possible? Or more difficult? Lame.
  • 14 4
 Because some people weren't doing it intentionally when they made changes.
  • 14 6
 @brianpark: So what. You said a small number of teams. Even if it was unintentional. Dock their points. Why punish the masses?
  • 5 2
 @brianpark: how many are we talking about? Are you sure this is the fairest solution?
I stand to gain from it, but it will feel like a rain-affected race iykwim
  • 2 0
 Noooooooooooooo
  • 5 2
 @brianpark: if you have the ability to ID the teams that changed....taking all of them to zero for the week (intentional or not) is by far the fair solution. When you consider the story of FL week 3 should have been the success of "widely held/bargain riders" this takes away the best week for many FL players.
In the long run it will take multiple strong weeks to "win"
  • 7 1
 @brianpark: You must surely be able to see a 'team before the deadline' and a 'team after the deadline' in the database?
  • 1 0
 @JonnyNorthmore: A database like that wouldn't normally be designed to save every edit to your team you make, and the time at which you made it. It would just have the current team be editable until the "freeze" on editing and then save the team you have when they tabulate the results. I other words, what you see on your fantasy team page is pretty much the information they have as well. It's just they had an issue of when the editing freeze stopped. Probably entered the wrong date/time for when that was supposed to happen.
  • 4 1
 I'm honestly surprised how the prize for week 3 was given out. It was pretty clear that quite a few people cheated.
  • 3 0
 Anyone know when the new riders values will be going up, this is cond of dragging out a bit.
  • 1 0
 Ditto on all comments from today...this fantasy league is feeling more a bother than a nice fun way to waste some time. On a positive note...Happy Canada Day, eh! Ride lots...M
  • 4 0
 DAAAAAANG Balls.
  • 3 0
 Also, what does the E next to a result mean for a player?
  • 1 0
 Erroneous
  • 3 0
 SON OF A.........I had really good round 3 too.
  • 1 0
 Points are displaying all messed up for cal di sol. People In my fantasy group have different points showing for the same riders.
  • 3 1
 The points are all correct on our end. Can you send me a message on here with links to the teams that are showing incorrect points?
  • 1 0
 @edspratt: this happened in my groups fantasy league as well during leogang. At first we all randomly had scores in the 30s just hours after the race and then the next day we had corrected scores including my 148 points and being part of the 15 way tie for winning round 3.

I'd imagine others might be having this random score issue as well but if you arent on your fantasy league webpage at that moment you might not catch it.
  • 2 2
 My team’s total points for the season is incorrect per Pinkbike’s math.

Pinkbike’s math is off by 104 points. Is this an issue others are having and is being corrected?
  • 3 2
 Are you counting the points from the third round? As stated above we have removed these from every team after system issues. If you still have incorrect points after excluding round three, send me a message with a link to your team so we can look into this.
  • 4 1
 @edspratt: Ah yeah.. my third round has been omitted. Well that f’ing sucks. That was my best score of the season.

Yeah, please punish the cheaters and let everyone else have their points back for round 3. Otherwise, this whole thing isn’t accurate and folks will just shift over to Viralmtb.
  • 1 1
 @NattyShreddz: I’m sorry you lost your best score this season, that’s really not fun.

We wish there was another way we could have dealt with this that would have been fair to everyone.
  • 2 0
 @edspratt seems like we cant edit teams for Les gets. The form says the event is live.
  • 1 0
 Well, this was my best result so far (over 100 points) so pretty chuffed with my choice of riders!!!
  • 3 1
 CONSPIRACY! Surely if true then you could do that on the previous races?
  • 4 2
 Took a year off to come up with this. Levy knew.
  • 6 4
 Something is jacked up.
  • 1 4
 Couple things I would love to see as additions to the fantasy roster UI (before you downvote me I'm trying to be constructive here):

- Dollars per points stat listed along with price (yes can be calculated manually but wouldn't be that hard for PB to add given they already have all the data inputed into a sheet somewhere for this)

- Percentage of semis or finals rounds made (I've noticed each week I usually get 1 or 2 riders that don't make it to finals and thus a big fat goose egg)

- Average race finishing position
  • 2 1
 Do your own research. It's all available if you're willing to do some digging
  • 2 2
 @mark-88: I simply do not have the time to spend on something like that. Additionally, as I’ve ALREADY mentioned Pinkbike has to have all the necessary data populated in an existing spreadsheet somewhere to do the rider pricing calculations so wouldn’t be that hard to add an extra column or two
  • 1 0
 @pierceklinke: I already cover some of these in our Fantasy Form guide published before each race. I can definitely add some more stats into these articles if people are interested.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt: that would be great to see! Even better if it could be incorporated directly into the roster UI.

For all those downvoting me Into oblivion here for suggesting constructive improvements at least I’m not b*tching about Leogang being excluded or the dynamic pricing
  • 3 0
 How about we start with a functioning platform that doesn't fuck up.
  • 10 11
 Lame
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