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Fantasy DH League Results: Who Won the Second Round - Bielsko-Biala DH World Cup 2024

May 20, 2024
by Pinkbike Staff  
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The results are in for the second 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 at Leogang, June 8-9.





DH World Cup Round 2
Bielsko-Biala, Poland

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@Jpaul14 's Round 2 team
First Place:

@Jpaul14 picked the best team for this round and received 120 points

@rosl is now in the lead in the overall with 194 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 2 // Bielsko-Biala, Poland

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!



Pinkbike Fantasy Downhill League in Association with 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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35 Comments
  • 21 1
 Most importantly I’m currently leading the Pinkbike staff league so @edspratt you need to STOP THE COUNT!
  • 14 5
 So I get that we all play with the same rules, but the values seem a bit skewed. It cuts out a lot of riders as even being an option to pick. Part of the fun is actually picking the winner on your team, but with the majority of the best being so highly priced you can't pick them.
  • 9 3
 There are some highly-priced riders, but after the first two rounds the overall cost of riders has decreased. The game is different this year with a new points system making it so having a strong all-round team can be better than trying to pick the race winners.

Also, while some riders have already reached the price cap a bad race can cause a significant price drop. Dakotah Norton was $1,000,000 going into round two but after his crash is now great value at $690,000
  • 3 11
flag tadabing FL (May 20, 2024 at 10:48) (Below Threshold)
 @edspratt: Now if he'll only drop the bars a smidge, so he doesn't tuck the front on a relatively benign flat corner, you'd be good.
  • 11 0
 @edspratt: I still don't get the pricing. Guys like Bodhi Kuhn and Nathan Pontvianne have made it to both finals and have accumulated some points, but guys like Laurie Greenland who's had a pretty lackluster season so far costs 10 times as much. It seems like there is a substantial pricing factor that's based on... I dunno. Instagram followers?
  • 6 0
 @toast2266: shhhhh. Don’t be telling them about Bodhi Kuhn.
  • 5 2
 @toast2266: Laurie dropped 200K after round 1, and will drop some more after round 2. Guys like Bodhi and Nathan are in the sweet spot (IMO) where they're accumulating some points but not enough to skyrocket their prices (in fact I think they might have even dropped a touch, we'll see once Ed publishes his analysis). When you're building a team I think it's going to be important to have a few of those folks who can contribute without breaking the bank.

I do think we'll have to tweak the system in the future to make it a bit more accessible, because as you say people want to be able to pick the winner (even if a ton of people pick the winner). I think that picking the winner in most rounds should be very rare, but maybe we overindexed on difficulty a bit this year.

Make sure to read the form guide for the next round, there should be a bunch of insight in there!
  • 2 4
 I hate this variable pricing. You pick your team based on the values given and then get penalised if you make some good choices because they have their value increased so much your team is no longer within budget. Surely the whole point of this is to pick the best value you can at the start of the season. If everyone who does well goes up and everyone who under performs goes down then it becomes a game of change as all riders will see their prices changes from their preseason estimates to their new values and it becomes a game of change as to who didnt fall off and have a bad race or got lucky due to the weather or other factors
  • 9 1
 Just for the record. I love this new format. Constantly having to change the team means it's equally engaging for each round and every time you have to take a bit of a gamble on some outsiders.
Well done! EDR next year?
  • 8 1
 It feels weird when you pick the winner and have him kicked from your team for now costing too much. I know it makes sense with the rules, but it's a little annoying.
  • 2 0
 I dont really understand how it makes sense. If you were a real team manager then you would select your riders at the beginning of the season and that's it. You would change them every round based on how they did last time.or because you cant afford them because they had a good race
  • 1 0
 @chrismac70: I think what could work would be a hybrid of the two? Pick half of your team to lock in for the whole season and then have wild cards that you pick each week.
  • 1 0
 @nicholkid: Or…pick your team to start, with variable pricing for trades/swaps as the year progresses
  • 3 0
 Can we introduce points for semi-finals? I seem to remember on the old fantasy league you scored points for qualifying and finals. If your rider didn't get into the final, you could at least get some points on the board. Only 1 in 6 of my team actually started at Fort Bill. For example, Louse Ferguson was 13th and only the top 11 females started; hardly a bad result but scored 0 points.
  • 1 0
 Ronan Dunne and Amaury Pierron were the only ones on my team that scored any points in the last round. I was then over budget and had to select a new team. The limited number of people in the finals resulted on the zero pointers. The race format and fantasy format are really frustrating.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt would you mind checking Henry Kerr, please? He currently costs $0 and is listed at zero points. But he is ranked 22 with 146 points after two rounds... Unless there are two Irish Henry Kerrs...
  • 2 0
 Thanks for letting me know his price is fixed now. Henry Kerr was only added to the fantasy league after round one so does not have any points for his Fort William result. As he was outside the top 30 at round two he did not score any fantasy league points.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt: That explains why he didn't get any points in round 1
  • 5 3
 PB: 'Check out how you did in the global ranking'
Me: Contemplates scrolling through 195 pages to find where I am
  • 7 0
 it says your rank at the bottom of the top 10 list on the main fantasy page...
  • 2 0
 @hi-dr-nick: checking the global round rankings is different
  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/contest/fantasy/dh

You can see your ranking in the global league and any other leagues you're in on this page. Assuming you're out of the top 10, you'll appear at the bottom of the top 10 with your rank.
  • 1 1
 I am not in the top 10,000 let alone the top 10. I scored some points this time due to Seagrave and Scarsi. Stevens-McNabb was on one until he wasnt.
  • 4 1
 It sucks constantly changing team members.
  • 3 0
 I'm 534
  • 4 0
 That's decent, but I'm doing at least 36 times better with 19229. Not points, but place.
  • 1 0
 I'm right there with you.
  • 1 0
 I'm steadily climbing the ranks, at my current rate, I'll be number one by the 4th round.
  • 1 0
 8552 for me. Bang in the middle!
  • 2 0
 8297/19435. That tracks with most of my Strava times.
  • 3 0
 @BigAge: 8552 too with 102pts. I'm ready for next race.
  • 2 0
 Imagine being in 17982 place tup
  • 1 3
 The point system sucks. You can’t pick any of the top riders because they’re too much. $1,000,000 for a rider with only a $1.5 budget? VitalMTB has a much better pricing system. You have a $1,000,000 budget, but the riders are much cheaper to pick and you can pick more of the top riders, not to mention that you also pick from the junior riders too!
  • 1 0
 I really hope fantasy enduro will make a comebackSmile
  • 1 1
 Two rounds have been stinkers.







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