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Yo! Get a Move On! Your 10-day FSA DS Warning

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51st Étoile de Bessèges - Tour du Gard 2021 - Stage 2
Grown men in shorts in February
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Hey! Probably by now you know that it’s FSA Directeur Sportif season, the greatest season of them all (suck it Christmas!). And in the process you may have noticed that we have an early deadline for wrapping up your team? Yep, that is Just before Midnight a week from Saturday, a/k/a February 20, 11:59 CET (and earlier as you move west, e.g. 2:59pm in Seattle).

GO HERE to get started.

Or, if you want more info, GO HERE to read all about the game. And then get started.

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Our automatic emailing has been disabled temporarily. So if you need a password sent to you, please email me directly at fsadirecteursportif@gmail.com. I am around a lot and can help you pretty quickly. Supposedly I will be snowed in all weekend too, so even then I shouldn’t need too much time to get back to you, apart from, say, the nine hour time difference to Europe which may mean I am asleep still when you hit me up.

So far I see a couple hundred teams submitted and several hundred more not submitted yet. This is standard practice — might as well hang on and make a few rash decisions based on this week’s Tour de la Provence results, amirite?

Don’t forget a few things:

  • Gotta hit SUBMIT or your team isn’t official. Just putting together a roster that meets all the rules isn’t enough. To all the parents out there, just picture it like all those homework assignments your kids supposedly did but for some reason haven’t sent in to their teacher. It’s like that.
  • If you are only interested in the Men’s or Women’s competition, not both, that’s cool. But doing both means you are eligible for the combined championship too. And you can always use the random team generator to throw together the team you aren’t as interested in. Since I’m not a huge follower of the ladies, I actually use the random team function there, but then use that as a starting point and edit my roster to include the riders I do follow (hi Coryn Rivera!). Point is, the random team option is something you can just hit and submit, or use it but then start moving people around.
  • Once your team is live, after Feb 21, you can start putting together your private league where your team page will list those teams you choose to compare yours against. Doing so does nothing to those teams, and they won’t even know you picked them for your array unless you tell them. But if you know other folks playing, friends, family, work colleagues, etc., this is a good way to set up your own battle within the battle. The FSA North American headquarters here in nearby Mukilteo, Washington has a very lively internal comp, especially when the shop is actually a place with people present, in person, to shit-talk. [Fingers crossed for people everywhere going back to in-person work soon...]
  • Oh and when you’re in team building or submitted, you can generate a code that shows the flags of all your selected riders, which you can paste into the comments below to get your competitors guessing. Or show your colors anyway. I’m looking at you, overly-Belgian and Italian teams.

That’s all for now, feel free to move the smack talk from the last post over to here. I’ve just wrapped up the Editors’ League (our draft league, and defo ask questions if you’re interested in one of those), and have a list of riders who got stolen from me there who I will be reclaiming in my main FSA DS team. Cheers!