The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race. In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight on the day of the race start. These articles are clearly marked and are generally posted at least 72 hours in advance of each event. The current leader of the competition has the honor of posting on the site bearing the VSP Leader’s badge; winners of select races (the monuments and Grand Tours) similarly gain the honor of posting with a dedicated badge for the remainder of the year. Prizes may be given for key events; these prizes will be announced on the associated VSP Event. Points will be tallied as the season progresses and the winner will be announced after Paris-Tours. Prizes are as follows:
- First place– A custom Don Walker frame, handbuilt in USA.
- Second Place– A Café Roubaix/Velominati wheelset, Chris King hubs, hand built by professional wheelsmith and Velominati Dan Richter.
- Third Place– A Velominati kit: jersey, bibs, and cap.
More prize details listed below.
Scoring (One-Day Races)
Readers who wish to enter shall enter their predictions for the top five placings of each race by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight PDT on the day of the race. Regular Points Points will be scored in reverse order of finishing order: 7 points for first place, 5 points for second, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, and 2 for fifth. Readers will also earn 1 bonus point for every other rider named in the top five, regardless of the rider’s placing, but riders are not scored twice. Tie Breaking In the event of a tie, the first reader to submit their predictions will be named the winner.
Scoring (Grand Tours)
Readers who wish to enter shall enter their predictions for the top five placings on General Classification of each Grand Tour by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight PDT on the day of the first stage or prologue. Points Points will be scored as follows based on the final G.C of the race: 20 points for first place, 15 for second, 10 for third, 7 for fourth, and 5 for fifth; plus 3 points per rider in the top five regardless of the rider’s placing, but riders are not scored twice. Changing of the Picks* Contestants are allowed to make line up changes on one of the rest days of the Grand Tours but not both. These changes will come with a point penalty. You will be allotted one (1) rest day to make swaps in grand tours; you may pick either the first or second rest day. The penalties for swapping will be lower for the first rest day than the second. This will allow you to swap out a rider(s) who gets caught in some first week nervousness with a 5 point penalty for each swap. Or make some go for broke/doomed to fail break-away swap on the second rest day for a 10 point penalty for each swap. That’s it. You make one swap or five on either rest day for the corresponding 5 or 10 point penalty per swap. Additionally, if one of your riders crashes out, DNF’s, or DNS’s, you may swap them out on a rest day with corresponding penalties if you haven’t already used up your one rest day swap. Tie Breaking In the event of a tie, the first reader to submit their predictions will be named the winner. Minor Stages We will be posting VSP’s for minor stages as well. Scoring is similar to one-day racing, except no bonus points are in play for getting the rider in the wrong placing.
Scoring (Minor Stage Races)
Readers who wish to enter shall enter their predictions for the top five placings on General Classification of each Minor Stage Race (less than three weeks) by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight PDT on the day of the first stage or prologue. Regular Points Points will be scored in reverse order of finishing order: 10 points for first place, 8 for second, 7 for third, 5 for fourth, and 3 for fifth; plus two bonus points per rider in the top five regardless of the rider’s placing, but riders are not scored twice. Tie Breaking In the event of a tie, the first reader to submit their predictions will be named the winner.
The following badges will be worn by current leaders of the competition and sub-competitions:
|Overall Super Prestige Leader:|
|VVomen’s Ronde van Vlaanderen:|
|Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen:|
|Giro d’Italia Leader:|
|Giro Rosa Leader:|
|Tour de France Leader:|
|Vuelta a Espana Leader:|
|Giro di Lombardia:|
|Overal Super Prestige Lanterne Rouge:|
2016 Velominati Super Prestige Schedule
|Milan-San Remo||19 March||Italy|
|Ronde van Vlaanderen||3 April||Belgium|
|Amstel Gold||17 April||Netherlands|
|La Fléche Wallone||20 April||Belgium|
|Giro d’Italia||6 May-29 May||Italy|
|Tour de Suisse||11-19 June||Switzerland|
|Tour de France||4-26 July||France|
|Classica San Sebastian||30 July||Spain|
|Vuelta a España||20 August-11 September||Spain|
|World Road Championships||16-24 September||Qatar|
|Giro di Lombardia||1 October||Italy|
|Trofeo Alfredo Binda||20 March||Italy|
|Ronde van Vlaanderen||3 April||Belgium|
|La Fléche Wallonne Féminine||20 April||Belgium|
|Tour of Chongming Island World Cup||6-8 May||China|
|Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile||1-10 July||Italia|
|La Course by Le Tour de France||24 July||France|
|GP de Plouay-Bretagne||27 August||France|
|UCI World Championships||16-24 September||Qatar|
2016 VSP G.C.
2015 VSP G.C.
2014 VSP G.C.
2013 VSP G.C.
2012 VSP G.C.
2011 VSP G.C.
2010 VSP G.C.
VSP Grand Prizes
- First place overall wins a
Veloforma Strada iR Velominati Edition framein addition to the customary VSP winner’s VVorkshop Apron
- Second place overall wins a set of hand built CR Wheelworks Arenberg wheelset in a custom Velominati paint scheme laced to orange Chris King hubs. (CR Wheelworks is Café Roubaix’s new wheel goods brand.)
- Third place overall wins a Velominati V-Kit.
Teaser shots of the Don Walker frame:
Teaser shots of the CR Wheelworks Arenbergs:
*The Changing of the Picks rules are designed to promote fair play and keep the competition fun and open throughout the three-week race. Abuse of these rules will be managed through the “Piti Principle”: if we we feel you are attempting to exploit loopholes or otherwise take advantage of the Changing of the Picks rules, we will penalize you by deducting points from your total score. Much like the UCI doping suspensions, the amount of points deducted will be based on how egregious the abuse was.