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YOU MADE IT!! It’s the 2022 FSA Directeur Sportif Season… Beginning NOW!

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The climate exterior would possibly nonetheless inform you winter has one other six weeks or months or, within the case of Massachusetts, six years to go. However! The fact is that your winter of discontentedly ready for the FSA Directeur Sportif Competitors to start once more is over.

The. Sport. Begins. NOW.

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Superted truly opened the sport late final evening, however I’m in transit from the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, so in case you’re already within the recreation with out the necessity for this formal announcement, good for you. For everybody else, here’s what it’s essential play. It’s easy and without end freed from cost. Simply two most important necessities:

  1. Be a member of the Podium Cafe; and
  2. Head on over to the FSA Directeur Sportif recreation web site and get began!
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Extra signup particulars beneath, together with some essential FAQs, however for 95% of you it’s a snap!

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Good wheels
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This 12 months’s Sport

What’s to not love? After the whole COVID WTF yr, adopted by a “we are able to’t say however fingers crossed” model final yr, we’re at the moment scheduled for full normalcy within the biking world. Perhaps the calendar will get scrambled once more however up to now the craziness is restricted to Paris-Roubaix being pushed off by an election, the implication being that French voters gained’t end up if there may be pavé to be navigated. Fairly cool! However yeah, that makes for a light-weight dose of oddity.

Past that, nonetheless, a handful of races have reappeared after being missed prior to now couple seasons, and the remainder discovered their method again to their originally-intended spot on the calendar. Observe, I didn’t embrace any 2.1 races this yr, and did the classes by strictly following UCI rankings (besides classes 5 and 6 the place some guesswork is concerned). In case you see any errors or rankings you suppose are fallacious, please be happy to electronic mail me and we are able to think about potential adjustments. However we’ve truly combed by means of the calendar rather a lot, so we’d keep on with our weapons.

General, I anticipate a superb season. Each the lads’s and ladies’s biking scenes are stockpiling potent riders like chilly warfare superpowers packing their nuclear arsenals. Solely on this case, we hope and anticipate them to be deployed as typically and as powerfully as potential. Each classes are awash in younger expertise making severe waves in addition to reliable veteran stars able to pilot your group. I feel (?!?) the costs aren’t particularly excessive this yr, within the 12 months 1 A.U. (after Ursula), however you’ll be able to let me know what you concentrate on that in feedback.

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Colbrelli reveals what you are able to do with Imaginative and prescient wheels
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Meet Our Sponsors: FSA and VISION

This marks season quantity 12!! the place I’m proud to open this competitors along side our most wonderful sponsor, FSA. Identified formally as Full Pace Forward, and in tandem with its companion model VISION, FSA is without doubt one of the few actual leaders in biking componentry. To wit:

  • FSA is the principle line of world class Highway and MTB elements. Their cockpits, chainrings and cranks will probably be ridden by no fewer than 13 groups (women and men squads) this yr, headlined by EF, Jumbo, Cofidis and Bahrain within the World Tour and Bingoal, Rally, B&B Inns, Caja Rural and different high professional outfits. FSA is gaining a giant a presence within the high ranges of mountain biking, the place they have been everywhere in the World Cup and Olympics final yr. Try the Powerbox crankset, proven beneath, or the Okay-Power cockpits for which they’ve been well-known within the peloton for a very long time (and the Okay-Wing model that may be a hit with the cobbles squads).

FSA Powerbox Crankset

  • Imaginative and prescient focuses primarily on highway and triathlon with elements engineered for aerodynamics and velocity. Each my highway and cross bikes are powered by Imaginative and prescient, notably the Metron wheels which have made quite a lot of Tour de France appearances and have been used within the skilled ranks since 2013. Metron wheels will usher Jumbo-Visma into the profitable circle this yr, together with EF Training EasyPost and Bahrain Victorious, each of whom did exceptionally properly with their Metrons and cockpits final yr. Belief me, they’re very quick, even once I’m the particular person they’re conveying. Check out the Metron 45s and Metron 60s for tremendous gentle and quick rides in various rim sizes.

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EF and Craddock all decked out in FSA/Imaginative and prescient, from cockpit to wheels
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These guys know biking from all angles. Primarily based in Italy, Taiwan and Mukilteo, Washington, their attain stretches throughout the globe. And consistent with custom, this yr’s FSA Directeur Sportif winners will obtain a prize from the corporate, sometimes a number of of their top-line merchandise or clothes.

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The Submission Deadline!

As at all times, please be aware that the deadline is February 19 at 11:59pm, CET. This can be a week sooner than some previous years, as a way to maximize the calendar, beginning with the UAE Tour. Please plan forward and discuss to me when you’ve got any issues. We’ve accomplished this a number of instances, beginning a full week forward of the Omloop — which is the primary race of the ladies’s calendar, so there’s a little bit of ready to be accomplished there. However previous expertise tells us which you could get your groups submitted in three weeks, and with all of us excited for the season to blast out of the beginning gate, we need to get underway as quickly as we are able to.

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Roglic and his Imaginative and prescient cockpit en path to Olympic gold
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The Guidelines!

OK, sufficient preamble. Here’s what it’s essential know, in case you didn’t learn the final ten variations of this put up. The complete algorithm are right here, however I’ll spotlight the biggies.

  • You can’t play with out first registering on the Podium Cafe! That’s our one requirement. This helps guarantee that there’s one group per particular person in every of the lads’s and ladies’s competitions— no person can have a number of groups in a single competitors. This additionally helps to guarantee that you simply’re a part of the group for whom we do all these things, freed from cost. Are you lurking right here? That’s cool, however it’s essential click on on the Signal Up button within the higher proper nook of this web page, and create an precise Cafe login, first. After getting arrange your login, which may be very quick and in addition utterly free, you’ll be able to then begin on the Sport Web site.
  • As you’ll be able to see, the sport web site is a separate entity. Go there to make your group, come again right here to speak about it.
  • Primary construction for the Males’s recreation: you could have as much as 150 factors to spend and you should compile a roster of 25 riders. You possibly can 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 group meets all of those necessities, any try to submit it will likely be rejected.
  • Primary construction for the Ladies’s recreation, which is fairly totally different than the lads’s recreation: 150 level funds to spend on 15 riders, and you may spend as much as 100 factors on riders valued at 20 factors or larger.
  • Our complete checklist of obtainable riders in each the lads’s and ladies’s video games are the entire riders we predict will probably 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 would like somebody who you don’t see listed, contact us ASAP and we are going to 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 group and a ladies’s group will even make you eligible for the Mixed Rankings, one other potential feather in your cap! Winner of the mixed rating is eligible for prizes!
  • Crew-building: you could have almost 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 could have accomplished so as a result of a immediate will ask you in case you’re certain — then your group remains to be open to altering. Some folks 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 group that loses to mine. However in some unspecified time in the future you need to hit submit. Keep in mind… if the group matches, you should hit submit.
  • Or simply make a random group! 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 2021” on the high of the web page, you will notice a line below “Roster” which has a hyperlink to create a random group. You possibly can mess around with that every one you need, and it gained’t truly grow to be your group except and till you submit it. However attempt that earlier than you begin fastidiously constructing your group, in case you don’t need your half-baked roster to vanish.
  • As soon as the UAE Tour begins, there are not any in-season changes, no game-day selections. Simply submit your roster and observe them. That is just about how biking works: everyone seems to be driving a race someplace for a lot of the season. There are not any damage lists and no trades; you simply ask the fittest particular person in your roster to try to win.
  • The DEADLINE is Saturday, February 19 at 11:59pm, Central European Time (CET). That’s 11pm Saturday the UK. Within the US, that’s also referred to as 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.]

When you have some type of downside, please attempt the feedback for a fast response or electronic mail me (fsadirecteursportif[at]gmail[dawt]com) and I’ll allow you to out as quickly as I can. We additionally posted a Troubleshooters’ Information just a few 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 the potential to “unsubmit” groups however think about {that a} late, if not final, resort. This can be a very busy time of yr. However relaxation assured, we need to assist everybody play if potential.

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 simply all respect the letter and the spirit of this rule. We’ve some policing functionality, and could also be emailing you if there’s a potential concern, however that’s fairly uncommon. On the spirit facet, I get that households play — my youngsters 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 pleased to have your complete household play!

And most of all, benefit from the options that make it further enjoyable! After getting submitted, you’ll be able to create your individual small group the place your group web page will observe a listing 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 folks within the firm enjoying the sport are doing. As you’ll be able to think about, that makes for some very enjoyable chatter. Be it household, firm, buddies or no matter, make your group! It will probably even be individuals who don’t know you or comply with it — solely you’ll be able to see your group. However ideally it’s one thing the place you and others are all grouping collectively and every making that group. You possibly can mess around with this characteristic all season lengthy.

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

Whew… that’s all I’ve. Let’s get began!

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This one is on the partitions at FSA HQ
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