Fantasy Tour de France - 2023 (Velogames) - £5 Money League

VELOGAMES FANTASY TOUR de FRANCE 2023 has covertly launched. It has the very unusual name of Velogame 2023 to stop the bully boys behind le tour getting their lawyers onto George who runs the Velogames website through his love of cycling and doing fantasy cycling games and sharing that passion with others for free.

Velogames is a free web site that runs separate fantasy games on cycling races - i.e. Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana etc.

Their Classic Leaderboard Grand Tour games are perfect for those of you that don’t have much time but like to have a go, as the only time you need to spend on any of their games in my money leagues is at the beginning selecting a team before the start of the race (as there are no transfers at all in Velogames Classic Leaderboard Fantasy Grand Tour cycling games).

New from last season (2022) Velogames introduced a spin off game called Stage Hunter where you can make transfers but I’m ignoring that for the purposes of my leagues and just using the Classic Leaderboard to decide my mini leagues winner (no transfers) the way it has always been in the past. Feel free to make transfers if you so wish in your team entry as the race goes on but for my money league it’s just your starting team that counts score wise.

So please click on this link to check their website out and familiarise yourself with the rules and how points are awarded:

Velogames - VELOGAME 2023 (TdF) Rules

The game is free and you can join others or create your own private mini leagues.

I myself love a gamble and to create some rivalry I have set up my usual small stakes mini money league which I am taking a fiver (£5) of anyone who comes in to it. This is just to make up a prize for the eventual winner of my private mini-league. Alas Velogames has a new system where if you join a league once, it will always put you in the same leagues automatically in the future if you do a team (so for other races). Now as I can’t be sure people will want to do my money leagues every time and the system could automatically put your entry in my ‘Winner Takes All’ money league if you’ve ever joined in the past I will now operate on the basis if someone has not paid for their entry before midnight after Stage one has finished then I will remove you from the league and confirm the prize pay-out on here (TFP forum) after that. So, if you want in, it means contacting me to let me know you’re in for the money and making sure I have payment ASAP after joining but no later than midnight (UK time) after stage 1 of the race.

​​​The name of the league is: ​WINNER TAKES ALL

The leagues code is: 633405516

I think by the leagues name it’s self-explanatory how the money gets paid out - more teams in the league, more money for the winner.

So, click the link, pick a team and get a fiver to me ASAP (unless you have money on account with me - in which case contact me and tell me to take it out of that). If you don’t know how to pay me them PM me with your e-mail address and I’ll get back to you with details.

Once you have picked your team and paid your entry fee, just sit back and enjoy 3 weeks of cycle racing!

UK television coverage : ITV4, Eurosport, GCN+ and S4C

To see how your fantasy team is doing compared to the others in the mini league just visit the Velogames website and log in every evening (after the stage has finished to see updated scores).

All the best and I really hope to see some new teams in my mini-league this year (as well as all the old guard - aka regulars)!

bluelionman / Noel Symonds
Fan Pub Founding Member

Link to gamesite:

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Paid and entered, Noel

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To let people know state of play I will bold and put a blue biking man :man_biking:t2: next to entries I have received payment for:

Tour de France - WINNER TAKES ALL (8)

TDF BEARS - Douglas Hay :man_biking:t2:

Pog Mo Thoin - Jon Cartwright :man_biking:t2:

Catch me if you can - Barry Jenkinson :man_biking:t2:

Rogue Squad - Gareth Wallis :man_biking:t2:

The Manx Missile - End of an Era… - Noel Symonds :man_biking:t2:

killercycles - Andy Smith :man_biking:t2:

Wheels of Camembert - Russell Owen :man_biking:t2:

No Brake Bullets - Paul Bedford :man_biking:t2:

Final Table

A huge congratulations to Paul Bedford (pauliebedders) who picks up the £40 prize pot.

Apologies for the delay in finalising this but it took some time for George (the guy behind the Velogames website) to respond to my requests to delete the two unpaid for teams from our league - of which one was showing in first place, so his loss for not paying the entry fee is Paul’s gain.

I hope you all - and those who did not join this year but have in past years - will want to do battle again next June. More the merrier so spread the word if you know anyone that likes cycling or just follows le tour annually. I find this game really enhances the enjoyment of following the greatest cycle race of them all.

best regards,

bluelionman / Noel Symonds

Fan Pub Founding Member

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