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Let’s Begin the 2024 FSA Directeur Sportif Competitors!

Yearly it looks like climbing Mount Everest… I’ll by no means make it this time… January simply evaporated and February 1 is sort of right here, and the rattling clock simply gained’t decelerate. This time we’ll miss our begin date, and the time will develop too tight, and it’ll be COMPLETE CHAOS. However like yearly, it’s the start of February, and sure, it’s time to open the sport!

Welcome to the 2024 FSA Directeur Sportif Competitors!

Our recreation is the FSA Directeur Sportif, or FSA DS, our year-long recreation the place you set your roster in February and comply with your crew all through the 2024 Biking season. It’s really two video games, one for Males’s skilled biking and one other for Ladies’s — and for those who play each, you’ll be entered into our mixed competitors/rankings as properly. For now some 14 years, we’re kicking off the yr in February in time for the UAE Tour in our calendar (we used to attend till the Omloop, and on the ladies’s facet we nonetheless do… however instances change). From then on, rosters are set, and also you simply must hope for one of the best outcomes your riders can handle. It’s all utterly freed from cost, there are prizes for the winners, and quite a few methods in which you’ll be able to wield your crew’s prowess at your family and friends, all the best way till October!

Meet Our Sponsors!

However earlier than we get began, let’s say whats up once more to our sponsor, Full Pace Forward, a/okay/a FSA, makers of world class parts for highway, mountain and observe biking on the highest ranges of worldwide competitors. Primarily based in Taiwan, Italy, and Washington State, they’ve supported the Directeur Sportif for over a decade, and of their spare time they wish to, , win a number of bike races?

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By means of their Imaginative and prescient model, FSA sponsors a powerful lineup of World Tour groups — Visma-Lease-a-Bike, Bahrain Victorious, EF Training-EasyPost (males’s and girls’s groups), Soudal Fast Step, Astana Qazaqstan, and Arkéa-B&B Accommodations all journey Imaginative and prescient cockpits and/or wheels. Add in Professional-Continental groups like Israel-Premier Tech, Lotto Dstny, UNO-X Mobility, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Burgos-BH to the lineup of groups on Imaginative and prescient, and FSA’s Powerbox cranks. You will note these guys everywhere in the Professional Peloton in 2024.

8th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2024 - Men’s Elite

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These are the Imaginative and prescient Metron 45 SL Carbon wheels, and I can let you know… they’re sturdy and quick. Their brag sheet is getting fairly lengthy lately, with quite a few wins in all of the Grand Excursions, Monuments, and World Championships. Similar goes for his or her MTB and observe honors, in addition to cyclocross and the rising gravel scene, the place their FSA Ok-Wing bars are the tops in efficiency and luxury. FSA and Imaginative and prescient have had a whole lot of good days within the sport. That is most likely my favourite.

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Let’s Get Began!

Earlier than we start, there are two easy necessities:

  1. You have to be a registered person proper right here on the Podium Cafe and — essential!! — have a public e mail displaying (see beneath); and
  2. As soon as that’s finished, head on over to the FSA Directeur Sportif recreation web site and get began!

If you’re a returning person, you may simply go to the sport web site, signal again in, identify your crew, and begin hiring riders! Extra signup particulars beneath, together with some essential FAQs, however for 95% of you it’s a snap.

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What Are the Guidelines?

Here’s what it is advisable to know, in case you didn’t learn the final ten variations of this put up. The total algorithm are right here, however I’ll spotlight the biggies.

  • Fundamental construction for the Males’s recreation: you have got as much as 150 factors to spend and you could compile a roster of 25 riders. You may solely have one rider who prices 24 factors or extra, and solely a complete of three at or over 18 factors (together with the man who prices 24+). Till your crew meets all of those necessities, any try and submit will probably be rejected.
  • Fundamental construction for the Ladies’s recreation, which is fairly completely different than the boys’s recreation: 150 level price range to spend on 15 riders, and you may spend as much as 100 factors on riders valued at 20 factors or increased.
  • Our complete record of accessible riders in each the boys’s and girls’s video games are all the riders we expect shall be of curiosity. However meaning we subtract some riders who haven’t scored shortly. And whereas we do our greatest so as to add up-and-comers, there are too many for us to nail 100%. So if you’d like somebody who you don’t see listed, contact us ASAP and we’ll add them as one-point choices. [Please limit this to riders who you are at least possibly interested in picking. No obligation to buy! But we aren’t striving to list everyone with a license.]
  • Having each a males’s crew and a girls’s crew can even make you eligible for the Mixed Rankings, one other attainable feather in your cap! Winner of the mixed rating is eligible for prizes!
  • Crew-building: you have got practically three weeks to fiddle, swap riders out and in of your lineup, and so forth. Till you hit “submit” — and you’ll know when you have got finished so as a result of a immediate will ask you for those who’re certain — then your crew remains to be open to altering. Some individuals go along with their intestine and submit right this moment (like, earlier than I may even end this put up). Others tinker proper as much as the deadline. Each are legitimate methods to make a crew that loses to mine. However sooner or later you need to hit submit. Bear in mind… if the crew suits, you could hit submit.
  • Or simply make a random crew! That was a factor we created a pair years again. OK, Superted, our Sport Designer and Chief Executioner, got here up with it. While you go to the web page the place you can begin hiring riders, with “My Crew 2024” on the prime of the web page, you will notice a line below “Roster” which has a hyperlink to create a random crew. You may mess around with that each one you need, and it gained’t really turn out to be your crew until and till you submit it. However attempt that earlier than you begin fastidiously constructing your crew, for those who don’t need your half-baked roster to vanish.
  • As soon as the UAE Tour begins, there aren’t any in-season changes, no game-day choices. Simply submit your roster and comply with them. That is just about how biking works: everyone seems to be driving a race someplace for a lot of the season. There aren’t any damage lists and no trades; you simply ask the fittest particular person in your roster to try to win.
  • The DEADLINE is Sunday, February 18 at 11:59pm, Central European Time (CET). That’s 11pm Sunday the UK. Within the US, that’s also referred to as Sunday 6pm Japanese time, and 3pm Pacific. Groups submitted after that time is not going to be accepted. [We switched to 11:59pm from the usual midnight and its inherent date confusion.]

You probably have some type of drawback, please attempt the feedback for a fast response or e mail me (fsadirecteursportif[at]gmail[dot]com) and I’ll assist you to out as quickly as I can. We additionally posted a Troubleshooters’ Information a number of years in the past which can be of some use. The sport web site works fairly in order that the answer most likely lies therein. We’ve got the potential to “unsubmit” groups however take into account {that a} late, if not final, resort. It is a very busy time of yr. However relaxation assured, we need to assist everybody play if attainable.

And by everybody, I imply as soon as. The one-per-customer is the important thing to the sport’s integrity. We ask that you just all respect the letter and the spirit of this rule. We’ve got some policing functionality, and could also be emailing you if there’s a attainable situation, however that’s fairly uncommon. On the spirit facet, I get that households play — my children have had groups of their very own. Simply as I don’t do their homework, I don’t fill out their rosters. In that spirit, we’re comfortable to have your complete household play!

And most of all, make the most of the options that make it additional enjoyable! Upon getting submitted, you may create your personal small group the place your crew web page will observe an inventory of different submitted groups you need to pit your self once more. I do know on the FSA workplaces up in Mukilteo, they use this characteristic to trace how all of the individuals within the firm enjoying the sport are doing. As you may think about, that makes for some very enjoyable chatter. Be it household, firm, buddies or no matter, make your group! It may well even be individuals who don’t know you or conform to it — solely you may see your group. However ideally it’s one thing the place you and others are all grouping collectively and every making that group. You may mess around with this characteristic all season lengthy.

Additionally, there are Draft Groups. For greater than a decade the Editors have been operating an Editors’ League, though at this level I don’t have the power to speak about it anymore. However there are many others doing a draft league and I do know they’re having a blast. Mainly, a draft league tosses out the rider point-costs and crew budgets, and allows you to choose riders on your crew, like varied sports activities drafts, whereby that rider is barely in your crew and unavailable to your competitors. The Sport Web site does NOT have this functionality per se. You should utilize our rider record and our factors scoring system in your recreation, however you need to work out a technique to really arrange the groups — Google Spreadsheets has some performance there. Others of you might have concepts. And if you’re anxious to do that however are caught on how, contact us and we may also help. However right here too you aren’t below any deadline stress until you identify one.

ATTENTION NEW USERS!! As famous above, you can not play with out first registering on the Podium Cafe! That’s our one requirement. This helps guarantee that there’s one crew per particular person in every of the boys’s and girls’s competitions— no one can have a number of groups in a single competitors. This additionally helps to guarantee that you just’re a part of the group for whom we do all these items, freed from cost. Are you lurking right here? That’s cool, however it is advisable to click on on the Signal Up button within the higher proper nook of this web page, and create an precise Cafe login, first. Upon getting arrange your login, which is a two-step course of however utterly free, you may then begin on the Sport Web site.

Having issues getting registered? Two attainable points are:

– You will need to first affirm your SBNation/Podium Cafe login. Upon getting signed up right here, examine your e mail for directions to verify your signup. Please do that earlier than attempting to enroll on the recreation web site! It will get sticky in any other case.

-Your Podium Cafe e mail should present as a public e mail! Go to your SB Nation profile web page at https://www.sbnation.com/customers/YOUR_USERNAME, Select “Edit > Profile” from the drop-down field below your profile image, and fill out your “Public Electronic mail”. Hit us up in feedback or through e mail when you’ve got any hassle with this.

OK, that’s sufficient for now. Please go forward and get began. Be happy to place any questions you have got within the feedback, the place our veteran customers can usually reply your questions earlier than I can get to them. And most significantly… Good luck!


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