It's 6 short days until the rise of the 2008-2009 UCI C1/World Cup season, so six short days to settle on your picks and take a stab at cyclocross immortality.
With six days to go, 79 entrants have already been confirmed. Using the lone UCI C2 race that has happened already - the Steebergcross - as a means for projection, the trio of Valpartij NV, AKD1 and Mud, Mud and Mud (72) lead the way by a margin of 6 points over Soredog (66). Four more follow at 60 points. Will this be the ultimate sign of things to come? Think you can do better? The clear solution for early victory is to pick the Van(insert vowels here) clan of Sven Vanthourenhout, Klaas Vantornout and Dieter Vanthourenhout.
In addition, in the Professional ranks, Jeremy Powers leads, well, no one else, with 60 points, good enough for sixth overall (tied for 3rd if you count in those terms). Seems he's the odds on favorite to sweep the professional category.
Quick reminder to get your fantasy cyclocross entries in by Wednesday to have the full ability to get points for the season.
To answer all your questions: Yes I've been keeping track of UCI C2 races, but only so much as to test the system I'm using. It's a good thing that I did because I found a couple glitches that I hammered out and things are good to go.
To keep everyone updated: The best way to have gone about things was to load up with American Talent, as Tim Johnson, Jonathan Page, Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon, Wendy Simms and Susan Butler vaulted some teams into the stratosphere. Lars Boom ended the weekend as the obvious goat as the reigning world champ didn't score a single point. I fully expect that to change soon.
Here's how the top 5 from the weekend (not including the GP olomouc (not available at press time)) puts jlFc Racing on top with 247 points ahead of StickboyCX with 242 points and SAdamson and Brianail with 232 points.