SPRINTER3D / SPRINTOP7
Christophe Princay, Sprinter 3D INPI, France, 2007/2019
This is a game released by a French gaming club, which is permanently evolving (see the update below). In fact, here are two games, since the Velodrome part can be considered a different one. Basically, the game consists of a set of rules (bilingual French/English) which include cut-up riders in case you do not have your own, a set of three special dice (D6 with faces numbered 122223), and a board made of (generally) 4 A3-sized panels. The boards are sized for big Cofalu riders (not included), which as you probably know, look nice on the board but are quite unstable.
The races you can purchase have been changing over time. At the time of writing (april 2009) their website offers 4 different races: Tour de Flandres, Milan-Sanremo, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Other races that have been available at some time include Paris-Roubaix, the Alpe d'Huez climb, a version called PRO (which consists of 10 different panels with which you can build different races) and a track (called VEL6.24), with different rules.
The Alpe d'Huez
There are also two versions (as far as I know!) of the rules of the game, with slight differences. For instance, the 2007 version of the rules stated that, for a more tactical play you could change the dice to 122222 (instead of 122223). This has been dropped in the 2009 version of the rules.
An important inclusion in the 2009 rules is a referee ("comissaire de course"). I am afraid this shows a weakness of the game: foul playing is difficult to control.
The main difference between the two sets of rules is the "penalty numbers" on the road. The 2009 rules are more complex, and I am afraid they cannot be played on the 2007 boards. On the other hand, the 2007 rules can be played on the new boards. In fact, as the game's website explicitly says, you can use rules of other games to play with this boards.
That's what I wrote about the rules in 2007 (of course some details might not apply to the new rules):
The track cycling game is quite different. It consists of a 6-tack 24-square-long velodrome (printed on 2 A3--sized panels) and features rules for different races. There were also two versions, one of them with rules for 5 races: Relais à l'amériquaine (Madison), Vitesse Individuelle, Vitesse par équipes, Élimination and Keirin. The second version ("Grand Vélodrome") offered a nicer version of the board and additional rules for 5 other races: Demi-fond, KM individuel, KM en ligne, Poursuite individuelle and Poursuite par équipes.
I will comment on those rules soon in a new section (not yet ready) which I will devote to track cycling games.
This game has been unavailable for a while, but it is back in 2019 with a new name (now it is called SPRINTOP), a new website and, according to Christophe Princay, ameliorated rules. If you check the website you will find new stages. The new boards look quite similar to the old ones, but I I would say they are designed for smaller (4 cm) riders instead of the 5 cm Cofalus. Unfortunately most of them are not available yet at the time of writing, and I have not been able to compare the rules to see if the changes are important. I hope I can provide further information soon.
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