ProcyclingGame launches new version for lockdown

I love a good fantasy cycling game and I have been playing the Procycling Stats prediction game (based on allocating riders in a star system like Hiet Nieuwsblad) for years.

Recently I picked up on their rider trading game, ProcyclingGame which sees you allocated EUR5m to buy and sell riders based on a share price and cumilative prize money. ,

Whilst the races have dried up, you are still able to trade riders and their prices are moving. I made a decent whack on Damien Gaudin of Total/Direct Energie this week so all is good.

However to make sure there is some level of pace to the game there is a new version called History-ProcyclingGame launching.

It’s starting with the 2014 season so whilst you may know the results of the upcoming races, does the budget allow you to get the right people in for short term profit or the long game?

I hope you join in with this venture as it will be taking the developers a lot of time and effort to get up and running.

It’s all free and if you trade riders currently you can just use the same account log in and team name details.

My team is Deeping Dynamoes if you would like to track my progress.

Lockdown week 1 so far

I have long since stopped wondering about what the cycling season 2020 will hold for me and for the pro sport in general.

It’s about keeping fit and motivated in my garage and on the patio on the turbo trainer. Of course, there is still the option to ride outdoors in the UK but so far I have not felt like that would be the best course of action for me personally and have chosen to stay home.

Everyone is counting the cost of risk to health and lost jobs so cycling as a sport can be put into perspective. I have started to miss the sport and am sure that when it does return I will appreciate the racing and the scenery shown on TV even more.

Like many I am looking retrospectively at races from yesteryear using the gift of Youtube.

A lot of websites are doing reviews of old races and that might be something I pursue going forward.

If you are asking here is my favourite race of all time…

2015 Gent Wevelgem

So, enjoy and stay safe.

British Cycling extends suspension period.

Given the ongoing uncertainty around the Corona virus/COVID19 outbreak, and the developing Government advice and guidance, British Cycling has taken the decision to extend its current suspension on sanctioned cycling activities to 30 June.

With all Government guidance pointing towards a period during which the nation is being urged to come together to fight the spread of the virus, and the unprecedented burden currently on our emergency and public services, we felt that this is the most responsible – and only – course of action we could take at this moment.

We are acutely aware of the impact that this situation has had on individuals, communities and businesses within cycling and beyond. We’d like to take this opportunity to reinforce that, while we share in the disappointment of those affected by this extended suspension, we will do absolutely everything within our power to ensure that cycling can return with strength and as soon as possible.

This suspension period will include the dates originally set for several traditional milestones of the competitive cycling calendar. As with the vast majority of sports – while our primary focus will always be health and wellbeing – we will be exploring all options regarding the fulfilment of the racing calendar once sporting events can recommence.

Our recommendation to our clubs remains that no organised activity (including rides, training, coaching, events) should take place during this period, in line with government advice on social gatherings and non-essential travel.

However, riding a bike is a great way to aid your physical and mental health, provided that guidance on social distancing is followed. British Cycling would urge all cyclists to only ride on routes you know well, that are close to home and that are well within your ability level – this is a time for calm recreation, not for challenging yourself.

Now, more than ever, we must ride our bikes responsibly – that means only going out on our own, or with people we live with, and keeping two metres apart from anyone we meet, stopping and waiting for people to pass when necessary. We’re doing this to protect ourselves and others, and to make it safe for everyone to ride.

If the cycling community continues to behave responsibly then we all hope to keep the roads and trails open for use, so that we can all manage our health during the coming weeks and months.

Bourne CiCLE Classic canned

After only one edition South Kesteven’s premier bike race has been cancelled.

With the Lincoln Grand Prix also under threat its not a good time for racing in our local area.

It seems to be standard that races in this part of the world come and go. We all remember the Tour of the Fens which ran around Whittlesey for a couple of years. That was across virtually empty Fenland tracks and still got cancelled so something on the busier roads around Bourne and Stamford was always in trouble.

The Rutland CiCLE Classic remains and we should all get out there and support it to protect it.

World Cross Review

I’ve taken a bit of time to absorb the weekends Cyclo Cross worlds before posting a blog about it. Ok, I won’t lie its been a busy week…

However, the excitement of the race is still pretty fresh in my memory.

Forget the race for the win, that was pretty one sided from the first corner when Mathieu Van der Poel reached it ahead of the rest and led to the finish.

Behind him there was a real battle for the medals with our own Tom Pidcock fighting it out with Toon Aerts and Wout Van Aert.

It was a race fit for a world championship and run off in the sort of conditions spectators dream about in a ‘cross race.

Our blog at the start of the winter speculated that Van der Poel would need some competition to keep the sport interesting and whilst that didn’t happen here, there is much to admire about the Dutchman, even if it’s not his ability to win a tight race.

Pidcock really was the story here, holding off the others despite a gap than expanded and contracted over the closing laps. Aerts and Van Aert were really close and duked it out shoulder to shoulder for a while before Toon went on to get the bronze medal.

A word for the course which was made really difficult by the freezing rain. Whether that took some spectators and atmosphere away is not clear but it did look like a race on and around a runway, which it was.

Some of the other events were much faster on firmer grass and looked more spectacular rather than attritional as a result.

The right winner for sure, but much for Brits to cheer.