Tuesday, 21 March 2023

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May I Please Introduce You To… the 2023 FSA Directeur Sportif Competition?


January is a month of extremes… extreme post-holiday hangovers, extreme cold and darkness (north of the Equator), extreme cognitive dissonance toward photos from south of the Equator, and extreme… nothingness. As far as pro road cycling is concerned.

Well, January is over, and you know what February 1 means to the cycling world? It’s time to play the FSA DIRECTEUR SPORTIF COMPETITION!! Yes, for the, oh, 13th consecutive year or thereabouts, we are playing our season-long fantasy cycling competition where you build a roster, submit it by the deadline (Saturday, February 18) and spend the rest of the season watching your team score points… or not. It’s tremendous fun, it includes both men’s and women’s competitions, and it won’t cost you one thin dime to play. It’s very simple and forever free of charge. Just two main requirements:

  1. You must be a registered user right here at the Podium Cafe; and
  2. Once that is done, head on over to the FSA Directeur Sportif game site and get started!

More signup details below, including some important FAQs, but for 95% of you it’s a snap!

113th Milano-Sanremo 2022

These wheels won MSR
Photo by Dario Belingheri – Pool/Getty Images,

Meet Our Sponsors: FSA and VISION

This marks season number 12!! where I am proud to open this competition in conjunction with our most excellent sponsor, FSA. Known formally as Full Speed Ahead, and in tandem with its partner brand VISION, FSA is one of the few real leaders in cycling componentry. To wit:

  • FSA is the main line of world class Road and MTB components. Check out the Powerbox crankset, or the K-Force cockpits for which they have been famous in the peloton for a long time (and the K-Wing version that is a hit with the cobbles squads). Their electronic groupset, K-Force WE, is winning major races now.

  • Vision focuses mainly on road and triathlon with components engineered for aerodynamics and speed. Both my road and cross bikes are powered by Vision, particularly the Metron wheels that have made more than a few Tour de France appearances and have been used in the professional ranks since 2013. Trust me, they are very fast, even when I’m the person they are conveying. Take a look at the Metron 45s and Metron 60s for super light and fast…

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