Friday, March 4, 2011
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Strade Bianche, Contador and Paris-Nice
2. Coming up next
1. STRADE BIANCHE, CONTADOR AND PARIS-NICE
Not a lot to report this week. Moving forward I'll probably hew to a Friday schedule for the Rouleur Derby Report so it can be a last-minute reminder for each weekend's races.
Speaking of reminders ...
Tomorrow is Italy's version of the spring classic, Strade Bianche, famous for its gravel sections, which should be a mess with this week's rain there.
A firm start list has been slow to appear, and I'm still not even sure if Katusha will be racing. (CyclingNews and Katusha's Web site say yes, but the race site and other sources say no.) If Katusha is indeed not racing, all Katusha bets will be scratched and refunded.
Tonight is also the deadline for predicting whether Alberto Contador will start the Tour de France. "Yes" currently has a slight edge.
Sunday is our first stage race of the year. Lots of exciting instruments with which to play here.
Who will be the overall winner?
Which young American will finish first?
Will Garmin-Cervélo, Leopard Trek or Sky win?
Deadline for all Paris-Nice bets is Saturday night.
2. COMING UP NEXT
Things are actually quiet next week. The most interesting UCI race may be the Tour of Libya. (Volunteer positions available.)
But just around the corner is our first monument, Milan-Sanremo on March 19. I'll roll out some novelty propositions to get things warmed up and then we'll have win and show propositions once there's a definite start list.
In the meantime, I'm hoping to take advantage of the game's growing reservoir of data to do some fun data visualization. Recently I added a histogram to the leaderboard so you can see where you fall along the bell curve. Next I hope to do some charts that show your individual successes based on payouts and bet size. Hopefully this will help you number crunchers analyze your performance and increase your ROI! Stay tuned!
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,