First, the results of the March Madness tournament. Wildly enough, each team sent one person to the second round. In the end, Chris Dykhoff won the tournament to send Ain’t So Chard into first place, while the team of “no name yet” – Zach Schmidt and Rene Pare – fell and were eliminated.

Here are the current standings for the seven remaining teams.

When you’re racing around the world, there’s nothing that can beat the chance to sit down and watch other things race for your amusement. In this case, let’s go partake in some horse racing! It’s got a nice mix of rich classy guys and seedy dastards, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Each of you (as pairs) have three horses that you’ll be molding into champions, or not:

Here are your horses.

It should be obvious which horses belong to which teams, but if you’re Merry Monstergumby and nothing ever works on your phone, go ahead and ask.

Each person has 20 points to give out to the horses (therefore, each team has 40) that will be doled out to their stats. For instance, if you are Christopher Dykhoff, as at least one of you are, you could submit “Give 7, 6 and 2 points to speed for Reach for the Shrub, Professional Handlebar Mounting and Oval Destroyer, respectively. Give them 3, 1 and 1 endurance, respectively.”

Each team must give at least one point to each of their six buckets.

The final performance of each horse will be equal to their speed score times their endurance score. So if Ain’t So Chard decide to give Reach for the Shrub a total of 14 speed and 10 endurance, he’s worth 140 for his entire performance in the race.
When one of you submit (this can be either of you), you will also name THREE horses, all from teams other than yours, to “bet” on. You will name them in order of Win, Place or Show (that’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd). Your WIN pick will be worth three times the horse’s performance, the PLACE pick will be worth double and the SHOW will just be worth the performance score. Your team’s final score will be the sum of these three numbers. Still with me? Were you ever?

Both of you must submit to me by TUESDAY at 9pm Central, and I will show complete results at that time.

Miles for teams: 15, 10, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1

Okay, gang, that’s it. I’ll settle in and wait for the questions to come. Cheers, Racers.