Cycling Games


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Card games for Brainy Bikers


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Quiz games covering
professional bike racing!

Brainy Bikers games are a bunch of card-based quizzes. The quizzes cover cycling’s colourful history, epic events and famous riders.

There are three quiz games:

TOUR DE FRANCE
FAMOUS CYCLISTS
CYCLING MISHAPS
  • 140 well-researched questions in each game
  • Visually-attractive packaging and cards
  • Quizzes printed on high-quality card

The race is on to be in the lead! Run quizzes with friends and cycling club mates. Learn about pro-cycling from history, historical events, general knowledge, women’s cycling, famous Cols, cycling’s most famous ego’s, the dark side of cycling and the silly things that happen when on two wheels.

Everyone will know the answer to a question or two. And, everyone will learn something new - these are very entertaining quizzes.

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Tour de France

The Tour de France is cycling’s most famous event and one of the biggest sporting events on planet earth.

Through its 100+ year history, the Tour de France has had controversy, intrigue, incident and legends built. Brainy Bikers have dug into the passages of time to find the most interesting stories and questions to challenge and entertain.

Q. Which two race favourites from Ineos Grenadiers were cut from the team’s 2020’s Tour de France squad?
A. Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome were both cut from Ineos' squad due to sub-par performances at the Critérium du Dauphiné - the prequel to the Tour.

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Cycling Mishaps

Being a pro cyclist doesn’t exclude a rider from having bad s*!t happen. Rather, given how long they’re on their bikes, how fast they go and how close they ride together, the chances of something going wrong only increases.

There are some great stories of things going wrong in the peloton. We’ve scoured them all from across pro-cycling’s history to write this quiz. Some questions are funny, some to empathise with and some saddening.

Q. Bobby Walthour, 'The Unbeatable Walthour', was a famous cyclist in the early 20th century. Walthour made his name motor-pacing (cycling behind a motorcycle to achieve high speeds). How many times did he break his left and right collarbone racing?
1. Left 18; right 28
2. Left 0; right 0
3. Left 207; right 189
A. Walthour broke his left collarbone 18 times and his right 28 times. He had 115 stitches across his career and fractured his ribs 32 times. The Unbeatable Walthour was also pronounced dead twice after collisions.

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Famous Cyclists

Pro-cycling can be a motley crue. There are fiery tempers, ego’s, cheats all riding under stressful and gruelling conditions. Of course, there are some stories to explore here. The Famous Cyclists quiz card game delves into the legends, the ego’s and the achievements of these characters from across pro-cycling’s history.

Q. Why was Gianni Moscon disqualified from Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in 2020?
A. Moscon purposefully threw a bike at Jens Debusschere’s head barely missing him.

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Brainy Bikers' Suggested Rules of Play

The race to win is on. Who's going to take the points and who's going to come last?

We've had a think on game play to more reflect the Grand Tours. The Grand Tours include the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

The Grand Tours are raced over 21 stages. So, we'd suggest asking only 21 questions per quiz. The Grand Tours also have two rest days - one after stage 7 and another after stage 14. You can also include a comfort break after question 7 and 14.

Playing with 2-6 players

At the end of every stage of a Grand Tour, there is a presentation ceremony. The winners of the stage are given their awards. The overall category leaders are also fussed over.

We'd suggest that quizzes are run in a similar format:
Ask a question. Give players enough time to wrack their brains, trying to answer.
Give the answer and tally up scores. This approach does rely on the honesty policy.
Give out jerseys:
The leader gets the Green Jersey. In the Tour de France, the Green Jersey is won by the rider with the most points. If the leader doesn't change from one question to the next, the leader retains the Green Jersey. If there is a new leader, the new leader is awarded the Green Jersey.
The player in last place is awarded the Lanterne Rouge. The phrase comes from the French for "Red Lantern". It refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a passenger railway train or the brake van of a freight train.
If you really want to be tough, you can always introduce cut-off points. Riders in a Grand Tour have to complete a ride in a certain amount of time. If they don't, they don't ride the next day's stage. Likewise, if players in your game fall too far behind, you can tell them it's a wrap for them... If you want.

Playing with 2-6 teams

Largely, the rules for team play is the same as for individuals, just different prizes.

We'd suggest that quizzes are run in a similar format:
Ask a question. Give teams enough time to wrack their brains, argue with each other in hushed tones and try to answer.
Give the answer and tally up scores. This approach does rely on the honesty policy.
Give out jerseys:
The leading team is awarded the team prize. Historically, there is no jersey for this category. Award whatever you, as Quizmaster, see fit. Winning teams can also nominate the member of their team who's contributing the most a Yellow Jersey. In the Tour de France, the Yellow Jersey is worn by the overall winner. Of course, at the end of the Tour de France, the winner splits all prize money amongst their team as thanks.
The team in last place is awarded the Lanterne Rouge. The phrase comes from the French for "Red Lantern". It refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a passenger railway train or the brake van of a freight train.
If you really want to be tough, you can always introduce cut-off points. Riders in a Grand Tour have to complete a ride in a certain amount of time. If they don't, they don't ride the next day's stage. Likewise, if teams in your game fall too far behind, you can tell them it's a wrap for them... If you want.

Playing with 7+ players/ teams

There's no real limit to how many people can play. But, checking who's leading and who's losing after every question is just too time-consuming when there are a lot of participants.

So, we'd suggest to ask the 21 questions. Then give players/ teams answers.

Once a winner has been found, award that player/ team the Green Jersey.

The player or team with the lowest score is awarded the Lanterne Rouge.

If you play another way, we'd love to hear! Pop your rules across to us through email.

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