Tuesday, May 31, 2011
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Giro wrap-up
2. Domestic racing
3. Coming up next
1. GIRO WRAP-UP
The Giro turned out to be one of the less thrilling editions, and those who stayed on the safe side fared well in Rouleur Derby.
On Twitter I had reported that overall leader Haas had won the Giro contest, but due to a scoring error, I had failed to account for players who had placed exactly the minimum 10 bets for contest eligibility. As a result, ArlandKeith is in fact the Giro winner. He placed 10 bets and 4 of them rang true, including big bets on Contador to win and Scarponi and Nibali to show, yielding a remarkable 86% return on investment.
For his troubles, ArlandKeith wins the $50 prize, sponsored by Riot Minneapolis.
I should note that it's pure coincidence that the game's two biggest gorillas went 1-2 in the Giro contest. The contests, after all, are judged by percentage gain, not raw points, so the paupers have just as much chance of winning as the princes.
I should also note that for the Tour de France, I'm tweaking the minimums to reduce the chance of someone "getting lucky" with a long shot. To be eligible for the Tour prize, players must risk at least 400 points and make at least 15 bets.
2. DOMESTIC RACING
We had a rare chance to see world-class cyclists this month with both the Tour of California and Monday's national championships.
Nobody was happier to see Chris Horner win the Tour of California than me. He's a hell of a guy, he's probably clean, he's older than dirt -- and I'd bet 40 points on him at 17-1 odds.
There was no prize for best Tour of California performance, but it's just as well. Between going heavy on Horner and going heavy on Chris Jones to be the top CX specialist, the winner would have been yours truly. Yay, me.
Monday's U.S. national championship turned was a cracking race, with one generation beating another by just a few centimeters. With just three riders, RadioShack was able to defend the jersey, paying out 5-1. Mortovelo was the biggest benificiary there. (Garmin-Cervelo was a heavy favorite, but ended up not fielding any riders, so those bets were refunded as a scratch.)
For some side action, I created a proposition that included several riders with roots in the Chicago area. After betting had begun, it was rightly pointed out that I should have concluded Matt Busche, of nearby Wauwatosa, Wis., and Jake Rytlewski of Indiana. Boy, were they right -- not only did Busche win the damn race, but Rytlewski was the only other Midwesterner to finish. Since nobody else finished, all bets were refunded.
3. COMING UP NEXT
June is a quiet month for international racing. If there is interest, I'll throw up some action for the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse. Otherwise, it's time to enter our cones of meditation and focus on who shall shine during the Tour de France, set to kick off July 2.
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,