Friday, March 5, 2010
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Active races
2. Upcoming races
3. New features
Thanks, everyone, for a successful first week of live betting. We're getting new players every day, but we've yet to hit the tipping point. More players, more fun, so tell a friend. (You can use http://tr.im/rderby to squeeze it into a Tweet!)
1. ACTIVE RACES
Today is Stage 3 of the Murcia. So far they've come down to sprints, both won by Garmin-Transitions' Robbie Hunter, but within the hour they'll hit a Category 1 climb and tomorrow is a 22km time trial. We'll see how that affects the Lance Armstrong propositions on the table.
The Murcia ends Sunday. I'll verify the bets and we'll have our first leaderboard shakeout of live betting.
Sunday starts Paris-Nice, and we have four propositions open on that. Deadline is Saturday midnight. (Except for the What Will Jens Do? special. Since it's not possible to get in a break in a prologue time trial -- although if anyone could, it would be Jens -- there's an extra day to make your prediction on that.)
The GC and prologue propositions have yet to hit the minimum levels of betting, so the "morning line" is still shown. Once that minimum is met, the payouts will flip to reflect the actual betting -- and there may be some surprises in store.
Get the latest payouts and place your bets at http://www.rouleurderby.com .
2. UPCOMING RACES
Wednesday brings us the start of Tirreno-Adriatico, a weeklong stage race in Italy for those too soft to handle the weather and mountains of Paris-Nice. It's a sprinter-friendly series, and this year there's no time trial, so I suspect the overall may be up for grabs. Sorry, Fabian.
And then we'll be back to the Classics: Milan-San Remo on March 20, Ghent-Wevelgem on the 28th, Flanders on April 4 and Paris-Roubaix on April 11. Good times!
I have a Tom Boonen side bet available -- "Between Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, how many will he win?" -- but I'm open to suggestions for others.
3. NEW FEATURES
I'm constantly tweaking code and making improvements. The biggest change this week is adding comments to each race. Come share leads, tips or good old-fashioned misinformation. Congratulate winners and trash-talk losers -- but naturally I'm trusting you to keep things and civil and fun. Commenting is available only to logged-in players, and comments close two weeks after the race.
For completed races I've displayed information about who the biggest winners weree. Soon I'll have information about biggest losers, too. (Since there is competitive advantage in keeping bets secret, none of this information will be public until betting has closed.)
Until next time,
Play well, have fun, tell a friend,