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Champions League draw seems to unfortunate! Top teams play each other early.

Alex @ Tuesday, March 21st 11:48PM   [link]


#1 Mike Koehoorn improved his Mushroom City time from 1'34"2 to 1'33"9 this week, scoring a nice cut for himself and passing Andreas R for second place. He was a little slower than Andrew Math's record, although he said that he missed an MT. Mike slightly extended his lead in the rankings to 0.13 AF points.

#7 David Gutierrez Pena reported a 0"4 cut in DK Mountain 3lap to reach the top-10 for the first time there. He devoted the rest of the week to Baby Park, perhaps worried that Mike will reclaim the WR after both of them improved the previous WR last week. Check his time below.

#15 Paul Tanney shot past four tightly grouped players after sending in 5 new times. His 0.9 AF cut wasn't particularly huge, but was enough to get ahead of Christian W, Olivier P, Marius M, and Raphael S -- some pretty famous guys! Paul's big wins were a 27"8 lap in Mario Circuit (from 20th to 10th place), a 30"99 sub lap in Mushroom City to reach 11th, and a half second cut in Dino Dino Jungle with a 1'43"8. He said he had lots of trouble with executing the bridge shortcut without a mushroom and rearranged his laps to do it differently. The Jungle was one of three Titan times Paul had left, and improving it moves him up to 30/32 Myth times with only DK Mountain remaining. His Mountain times are from 2005, so perhaps he can work some 2017 magic there.

#109 Anton Delva kept ahead of his rivals by sending in 7 new PRs and passing the likes of Chevallier F, Mickael S, Ben Z, and David L. Five of his cuts were new top-100 times, giving him a total of 8 so far. His biggest cuts were on Rainbow Road, where he improved 28 positions from 3'01"8 to 3'00"1, and DK Mountain lap, where he improved 45 positions from 35"5 to 34"8. Anton says it's getting harder to score easy PRs and that he has to work hard to get them now. #114 Joseph Armstrong had a Peach Beach lap and two Mushroom Bridge times to show us. The 22"1 Beach lap was a nice jump from 91st to 66th place, scoring a Myth time. The Bridge cuts were relatively small but Joseph wanted to finish-the-job and improved from 1'20"0 to 1'19"9 to get the milestone sub. He also improved his Bridge lap to 26"03, getting even close to the sub but still on the wrong side of 26. Rivals #119 Hugh M and #126 Jocelyn S were inactive this time, giving #136 Christophe Balzeau and #139 Dorian Herniote a chance to catch up. Dorian, being without a Gamecube most days, only managed to race 3 PRs between updates. He improved Wario Colosseum to top-150 level and found some cuts on Dry Dry Desert and Mushroom City. Meanwhile, Christophe managed to pass Dorian after accumulating a 12pt AF cut, which included some fast times for his level such as a 59"7 Colosseum lap (top-60), and 31"8 Mushroom City lap (top-100). He also improved his neglected Experts on Baby Park, Waluigi Stadium, and Sherbet Land to Hero level in order to reach 32/32 Hero. Those cuts were very helpful for reducing his AF and ARR, especially Sherbet, where he beat both lap and course by nearly 100 positions and consequently got the promotion to overall Hero B status.

#147 Dennis Colvin had one of the briefest ever retirements, returning to the game after less than a week because it was too much fun. The first order of business was to race his 31st and 32nd Hero times on DK mountain and reach 32/32 Hero, because those two Expert times had been bothering him. The other cuts on Mushroom Bridge, Mario Circuit, and Yoshi Circuit were all upgrades on Hero D scores to a better standard. Dennis became an overall Hero B and his 8pt AF cut put him close to where Christophe was last week, among the top-150.

#151 Zack Tabak nearly made the top-150 himself after reporting a 20pt AF cut. It was Zach's first submission in 4 weeks and he a few of his 18 new times were from a few weeks back, but that the majority were from just the last couple of days of excitement. Six fo those cuts were upgrades from Expert to Hero, leaving another five Experts left to go. More significantly, Zach raced his first Titan times: a trio of 22"4 Peach Beach, 8"6 Baby Park, and 22"2 Mushroom Bridge. Those are usually the first for many players. His Bridge lap, ranked 99th, was his first top-100 time whereas his previous Dry Dry Desert lap and new Baby Park lap missed out by only a few positions. Zach reached Hero C status in ARR and went most of the the way between B and C, so he should be to score another promotion soon.

#176 Gavin Kimpton passed veterans Lars N, Matt Flees, and Timur Ahmad this week. He said his lack of free time reflected on his low number of PRs, but was happy to go sub-8"5 in Baby Park and improve his time from 31st to 25th place. His others cuts were on Sherbet Land and Mushroom City, where he upgraded an Expert to Hero and now has 18/32 Hero times.

#316 Steven Schumann reported a 14pt cut, including his second ever Hero time on Mushroom Bridge 3lap. He already had his first Hero on the lap there, so the 3lap came naturally. Among his 8 new times were also two upgrades from Advanced to Expert -- one in Waluigi Stadium and the other in Rainbow Road lap -- to reach 29/32 Experts. Bowser's Castle and Dino Dino Jungle, two of the harder tracks, remain elusive.

Also active were #231 Vincent Audoore (first times this month), #249 Ben Stoneman (got top-250 and second Hero), #290 Gerardo Arroyo (first times this year), #466 Sam Smith (returned after two weeks break), #642 Dan Downey and #674 Stephen Weber (both reached the half-way point of 16/32 Advanced times), and #653 Joel Johnson.

New Records

David P beat his own 1'03"3 Baby Park record from last week with a 1'03"205, after also racing a 1'03"26 mid-week. He hopes to race a 1'02 some day, but says that such a time will demand absolute perfection.

New Players

Welcome to...

Christian Bouwense, USA (#378, Expert D)

Christian joins at a reasonably high level and with two Hero times. The current Champion, Mike, also first joined with two Hero times, so Christian can set his aims high.


Alex @ Wednesday, March 15th 02:48AM   [link]


#1 Mike Koehoorn held onto his top position, racing 3 new times. All of them were WRs, so check the details below. His AF stands at 2.71.

#2 Andrew Math raced two new times, both records as well. His AF stands at 2.81, quite close to Mike. So close that even if both were inactive, their positions might change depending on what David does.

#7 David Gutierrez Pena is doing quite well, indeed, reporting 11 new times and taking the No. 7 position from Aron L. He improved both of his Bowser's Castle times, but they remained in ranks 2nd and 3rd and he didn't gain any spots. The 2'17"1 course time is getting closer and closer to the sub, and therefore closer to Andrew's WR. David was also happy to score some "solid" Yoshi Circuit times, clinching 7th place in both. He improved his Baby Park lap to 8"34, still second place behind Mike but perhaps hopeful to take both WRs in that track like he did in Wario Colosseum. His other cuts in Daisy Cruiser, Mushroom City, and both Rainbow Roads were all top-10 times. David worst track is now Luigi Circuit, followed by Mushroom Bridge and then Mario Circuit. He may be allergic to asphalt?

#11 Jacob Purcell pulled a little ahead of #12 Jean-Christophe after dipping down below 1'38" in Waluigi Stadium. It was just under a half-second cut as well as a new Myth+ time. The other active top-20 player was #19 Paul Tanney who felt like beating something old and chose to focus on his 60Hz lap in Luigi Circuit from 2004 (!): he beat it by 7 standards, from Titan A down to God, with a 24"49 although it was slightly behind his recent 50Hz lap, which Paul raced last month.

#106 Jack Whittingham reported a 1.5pt AF cut, often enough to pass someone but not this time. He is getting super close to Titan level, however, and should reach it before he reaches top-100. His best new time was a 35"0 lap in DK Mountain, marking his 8th top-100 time, and his biggest cut of the week was a 27-position improvement in Sherbet Land with a 1'16"6.

#114 Joseph Armstrong reported an 8pt AF cut and caught up to rivalry leader #113 Anton D. Their shared rivals #110 Hugh Moorhead and #126 Jocelyn Sitek were also active, with #137 Dorian losing some ground. Joseph's times were not many in number, but individually they were big cuts: an 8"59 God time in Baby Park (up 33 places), a 1'20"0 Mushroom Bridge (up 65 places) and 26"0 lap (up 59 places), and 24"6 Luigi Circuit lap (up 42 places) were the highlights. The three laps mentioned were Joseph's third, fourth and fifth Myth times, although they weren't ranked top-40 like like Rainbow lap. He also went sub-1'16 in Luigi to at least secure a top-50 time. Joseph reached Titan D status from these cuts. Meanwhile, Hugh lamented his lack of free time because it was all being taken up by Zelda. He wrangled himself free for long enough to score 6 PRs and a 4pt AF cut. His biggest cut was a 32"3 lap in Daisy Cruiser, from 124th to 85th place and his 8th Titan time. The other improvements were in the Hero region. Spending a few months overseas, Jocelyn brought his console in his suitcase and double PRs on Mushroom Bridge and DK Mountain. The Bridge times were good: his lap was his 6th Titan and the course was a gain of nearly fifty positions. His Mountain times were better: his 1'46"5 dipped down to 52nd place and his 34"3 lap dipped down to 44th place, nearly better than his Baby Park ranking. Jocelyn hopes to play some more and catch up.

#148 Christophe Balzeau was proud to get a 59"9 lap in Wario Colosseum, saying it was a dream since he was a kid to be faster than a minute. His two remaining dream times are the 3-min and 2-min marks in Rainbow and Wario, which he is still a second-and-a-half behind. He improved 3 of his remaining Experts to Hero (Luigi 3lap, Desert 3lap, Castle 3lap) to leave only 4 Experts remaining. They are in Baby Park, Sherbet Land, and Waluigi Stadium, and Christophe said he will tackle them next week. The 8pt AF cut this week was enough to reach top-150 and pass 5 players.

#237 Tristan Berezowski reported his first PR since 2013, using a couple of hours of down-time at college to beat his Sherbet Land. Perhaps he will remain active.

#255 Ben Stoneman advanced 8 positions following new times on Mushroom Bridge and Wario Colosseum. The 27"1 lap on the Bridge was a jump from 326th to 278th and scored the Expert A standard. His 2'05"5 and 1'02"1 times in the Colosseum also qualified for Expert A, raising his Expert A count to to 12. So far Ben has managed to bring Sherbet lap to the Hero tier, and some of these Expert times have been close to repeating that feat.

~315 Alec Kirchberger sent in 10 new course times, his first in over a month, and also started submitting laps. He still has a hole in his timesheet but should complete it very soon. Alec is clearly top-300 material since his AF is 307. Luigi Circuit 1'17"8 was previously his best time, ranked 167th, but Alec's new 1'38"7 course time in Mushroom City has taken over the crown since it's ranked a little better, at 153rd. Three cuts were new Heroes, giving Alec 5 Heroes so far.

#341 Steven Schumann had a 16pt AF cut to send in, marking his first submission since January. Three of his times were devoted to upgrading Advanced times to Expert, which leaves him with 5 Advanced left -- almost all of them in tricksy Special Cup tracks. Steven didn't play his top two tracks (Bridge and Mountain) and perhaps focused on weaknesses. His best new time was a 33"0 Mushroom City lap, from 379th down to 308th place, which was near his fourth top-300 time. He reached Expert C status with his cuts.

#658 Russell Horwood sent his first update since November, armed with 30 new times and a 164pt AF cut to show for it. He cut a whole minute from his Total Times and improved his title by three notches, from Intermediate C to Advanced D. Rainbow Road is the only track Russell didn't play and it's now left as his weakest track, around 300 positions below his course average. Russell's best track remains unchanged -- it's still Mario Circuit -- but he scored a new personal best standard there with an Advanced B course time of 1'36"4.

#682 Stephen Weber, last active around Christmas, scored his first times for the year. His 6 PRs resulted in an 11pt cut, enough to pass 15 players but not enough to stay ahead of Russell. He improved his Mario Circuit time by 100+ positions to reach 645th place, equalling his Peach Beach for personal best position.

#701 Tyler Blanchard, last active in November, sent in 14 new times spread over 8 tracks. His best track is now Mushroom Bridge, taking over from Dino Dino Jungle, which Tyler didn't play. With a 44pt AF cut, Tyler nearly caught up to Stephen W.

New Records

Mike Koehoorn improved both Mushroom Bridge WRs this week. He already held the lap at 25"59 and beat it with a 25"546, giving himself a 0"07 cushion over second place. The second record was his course time, advancing from 3rd to 1st, with a 1'18"208; it was 0"14 quicker than his previous time and 0"04 quicker than Andrew's old WR from last June.

Mike took a record from Richard K with a 32"103 Yoshi Circuit lap, 0"002 quicker than Richard's 50Hz time from 2014. He already held the 60Hz record and extended his lead over Andrew's lap to 0"06.

Andrew Math scored two records. One was a 60Hz record in Mario Circuit, down from 1'27"19 to 1'26"949. If you recall, Mike beat Andrew's time by 0"001 earlier this month. Andrew countered this week by cutting 0"2, but Richard still holds the Combined record with 1'26"80.

Andrew's second record was a 1'42"702 DK Mountain time that took the overall WR from Mike by a small 0"03 margin. Andrew did it in usual style by using the Barrel Train. Even after all these years, I believe the preferred vehicle for the Mountain has been the Toad Kart due to the its superior acceleration in the rugged, bumpy downhill section and in the hairpin turns leading up to the canyon jump. The Train is otherwise a faster vehicle if not for these two major sections of track that slow it down. Andrew managed to avoid losing too much time in these sections (did he use R-tech on the turns?) while making up time in the rest of the track with the faster wheels, and overall it amounted to a very similar but slightly faster WR. Although he beat his personal best (and Mike's record) by a small margin, he suggested that it was not a great run and that there's untapped potential left.

New Players

None this week.

WTF Barcelona, WTF Mike, WTF?

Alex @ Friday, March 10th 03:25AM   [link]


New Champion #1 Mike Koehoorn raced 12 PRs in strategic tracks to pull the rug from under Andrew's feet and overturn a (seemingly-comfortable-for-Andrew) 0.85 AF deficit into a 0.1 AF victory, not only passing Richard but also passing Andrew to take the lead. This epic move, which Barcelona tried to copy in the football yesterday, interrupted Andrew's 211-day reign as Combined Champion, as well as his 4.4 year long unbroken reign as 60Hz No.1. Andrew and Richard currently have slightly better Total Times and ARR compared to Mike, but the ranking is based on AF and Mike found the clinical cuts he needed to score enough wins on Andrew. His improvements were: a new WR in Baby Park 7lap that was beaten by David a day later; from 3rd to 1st in Dry Dry Desert lap; from 6th to 2nd in Mario Circuit 3lap; from 6th to 4th in Daisy Cruiser with a new 60Hz record; from 7th to 3rd in Waluigi Stadium, still struggling to beat Marijn's 60Hz record; from 4th to 2nd in Yoshi Circuit lap with a 60Hz record; from 9th to 5th in Rainbow Road lap to improve his weakest time; from 5th to 3rd in Wario Colosseum lap to score another win on Andrew; from 5th to 3rd in Dino Dino Jungle for another 60Hz WR; and a small cut in Bowser's Castle to stay top-5 in that chart. Since most of these scores were records, you can read about them below.

#2 Andrew Math dropped back to second, although still casually raced a new WR that he said "could be better". Can he counter Mike? Many of their times are separated by hair-thin margins, so surely yes. Yet Mike has been quite profilic lately with the number of PRs he can score in a single week. In a cruel twist, Andrew's 4.4 years as 60Hz No. 1 finished 25 days short of surpassing Marijn's 2008-2012 reign in the same title, which means Marijn will keep the record for longest unbroken reign for the foreseeable future. However, in terms of cumulative days, Andrew equalled Marijn's 1615 total days because he was champion twice and can add his numbers together.

#8 David Gutierrez Pena found his third WR with a Baby Park 7lap that was 0.7s faster than his previous best and 0.5s faster than the old record. Both he and Mike were practicing a new idea by #13 Vincent, with Mike landing a 1'03"3 and David going slightly faster than Mike. He did no favours to neither Mike nor Andrew since he beat both of their times. He also raced a 2'17"3 in Bowser's Castle with a missed MT, fast enough for second place.

#14 Ryan Stevens improved his Baby Park from 8"39 to 8"35, taking fourth place. He thinks that he may be able to even take silver here. Perhaps he can figure out how to do the new 7lap strategy?

#19 Paul Tanney reached Myth+ status and passed #20 David S, professing his happiness with both of these achievements since he expected neither of them when he started his recent 10-year comeback. Paul's latest improvements included a new top-20 time in Mario Circuit with a 1'28"1, an impressive 0.3s cut in Rainbow lap from 58"1 to 57"7, and his first sub-2'57 course time. Paul said he can envisage himself going 2'55 or so, especially considering how much he improved his lap time, but it didn't quite work out.

#44 Guillaume Becard got ahead of countryman Yannick P and is closing in on Xavier V. His 10 PRs included a new top-50 time of 1'08"7 in Peach Beach, another top-50 time of 1'19"6 in Mushroom Bridge, and a 1'46"4 DK Mountain that made it to 49th place. Guillaume has 19/32 top-50 times now, which is past the half-way point. He also improved four of his five 75+ ranked times this week: Daisy Cruiser to 65th, Waluigi Stadium to 53rd, and both Dino Dino Jungles to 69th and 57th. Only Rainbow lap remains with a 75+ ranking, so he may want to attend to it soon. The other balancing act is between his Myths and Titans: the aforementioned Bridge 3lap was his 16th Myth, exactly half-way. He needs another 0.2 points in ARR to receive a big promotion...!

#80 Kai Oliver Meister wants to focus on his weakest times for a bit. He started with Dino Dino Jungle, racing a 1'45"9 and 33"8 lap. The resulting 3.5pt AF cut pulled him ahead of Florian C, Martin R, Thomas L, Yohann G, and Arnaud T in the rankings -- a lot of players! The Jungle was Kai's equally-worst track and ranked 130+ just like his DK Mountain, but his new times are 50 positions higher and quite a bit more impressive. It seems logical that DK Mountain should be his next target.

#106 Jack Whittingham was satisfied to score his 6th and 7th top-100 times in Baby Park 7lap and Waluigi Stadium, but was less impressed with his narrow miss of 101st place in DK Mountain lap. He has many scores ranked 100-110 and is trying to persuade them over the line. A 28"5 Mario Circuit lap and 31"90 Mushroom City lap this week were his 8th and 9th Titans, both narrowly missing out on top-100 positions. Jack is still making his way towards the top-100, but he is also getting closer to the Titans, as well.

#113 Anton Delva did enough to remain top of his rivalry against #127 Jocelyn, #124 Hugh, #137 Dorian, #121 Joseph, and #153 Christophe. Dino Dino Jungle, his weakest track behind Waluigi Stadium, was giving him sleeping troubles and he improved the course time from 150th to 105th and the lap from 124th to 99th. It's now one of his best tracks, which means he can leave it alone for a little while. The lap was his 12th Titan and 4th top-100 time, and unsurprisingly both times were the best among his rivals. However, it's #121 Joseph Armostrong that enjoys the lion's share of rivalry records with 13, five more than second place. Joseph reported 8 cuts this week, including several new Titans -- Dry Dry Desert 28"9, Mario Circuit 28"4, Wario Colosseum 2'02"6, and Colosseum lap 1'00"6 -- and even a Myth in the shape of a 58"4 Rainbow lap. Rainbow was already his best track, with times ranked 48th and 53rd last week, but his new lap reached as high as 37th place. This lap was also Joseph's second Myth time. He was quick to point out that it might even be a UK 60Hz record. Joseph has 15 Titans now, slightly more than Anton, and could challenge Anton for the lead in the new week or two. #153 Christophe Balzeau continued playing catch-up and is quickly approaching Dorian and the other rivals. His 17pt AF cut brought him close to the top-150 barrier, which he should have no trouble getting through. He improved his best track, Wario Colosseum, from 82nd to 70th place with a 1'00"1 lap -- perhaps soon to go sub-1? The other significant milestone set was a 22"4 Peach Beach lap, which was his third Titan and the first one outside the Colosseum. The remainder of his 12 PRs were primarily focused on raising his lowest times, such as promoting the Experts to Hero. Christophe has 25/32 Heroes now, with 7 Experts left.

#152 Dennis Colvin sent in 8 PRs, warning that they may be his last for a while since he would like to move to other games. He times amounted to a 15pt AF cut, narrowly missing out on a top-150 position but enough to maintain a lead on #153 Christophe, who was also moving quickly up the ladder. Out of his 8 PRs, Dennis upgraded 7 Expert times to Hero and left only 2 Experts on DK Mountain. His last PR was an attempt at the DK Mountain lap, but he missed the Hero standards by 0"15.

#342 David Nutt had a few weeks' worth of times to report, accumulating a 36pt AF cut. He has been trying to beat the times of his German friend #359 Steven S and currently leads 21-11 in head-to-head. His timesheet improved from 28/32 Expert D to 21/32 Expert C, so his improvements were spread equally across most tracks to bring them all forward, together. David also became an Expert C player overall.

#479 Sam Smith extended his 3-year comeback from last week, reporting 18 additional new scores to gain 47 positions. He improved Baby Park lap to Advanced level, the only time he failed to upgrade last time, and went a step further by racing his first Experts: two of them in DK Mountain and two more in Wario Colosseum. The Mountain times are both ranked 371st place and are his best times at the moment, yet the Colosseum scores are not all that far behind. Lets see how Sam fares next week.

~607 Anthony Guerrero, still missing a few scores in his timesheet, achieved an impressive sub-1'10 Peach Beach with a 1'09"96. He was previously 0"3 seconds behind the milestone number, which is also the cut-off for the Titan standards. His lap remains Hero A level, not quite ready for Titan just yet. Anthony also improved his Baby Park 7lap to 1'06"0, fast enough for 121st place. However, he has dedicated less time to tracks besides these two, where his average rank is 500+.

#654 Dan Downey dedicated his week to DK Mountain and Dry Dry Desert, two of his four weakest tracks, and crushed them by at least 4 standards each. In particular, his 31"0 Dry Dry Desert lap was his second Expert D time and second time ranked in the top-400. A month ago Dan raced a surprise top-400 Expert lap in Luigi Circuit and just repeated the feat, so perhaps he'll pull more rabbits out of hats like this in the future. Dan gained 41 positions with his 5 PRs.

Also active were #263 Ben Stoneman, #429 Agustin Berrios (first scores since 2009!), and #620 Miyako Morbit.

New Records

Mike took the Dry Dry Desert lap WR record with a 27"560, a frame better than Andrew's 27"59 lap that was set in 2015.

Mike tied Richard's 31"182 Daisy Cruiser lap WR, initially set three years ago. His time was also a new 60Hz record, but it was a record already in his name.

Mike's 1'36"605 Daisy Cruiser was a new 60Hz record, beating Andrew's time by 0"03. The old record was from 13 months ago. Richard, Andreas, and Kouider have slightly faster times in 50Hz.

Mike's 32"157 Yoshi Circuit lap was a new 60Hz record, a 0"002 win over Andrew's lap from two weeks ago. Richard still holds the Combined record at 32"10.

Mike's 1'27"195 Mario Circuit course time was a new 60Hz record, a 0"001 win over Andrew's time from 2014. Richard still holds the Combined record at 1'26"8.

Mike's 1'41"743 Dino Dino Jungle was a new 60Hz record, a 0"01 win over Andrew's time from November.

Andrew captured Sherbet Land once more with a 1'13"872, having briefly lost it to Mike in the last update. Mike's time is 1'13"91.

David P and Mike both improved the Baby Park record. Mike's 1'03"37 stood briefly but David soon raced a 1'03"299. They appear to be using a new tactic that Mike attributed to #13 Vincent vdF, who mentioned some ideas in the chatroom for them to try out and somehow those ideas were excellent and worked very effectively.

Taking these WRs into account, Richard, Mike and Andrew have 10, 9 and 8 records (resp.) in the Combined tally. Mike has taken the lead in the 60Hz tally with 16 WR to Andrew's 12.

New Players

Welcome to...

Sanny Bodnar, Germany (~1212, Newbie)

Sanny has only played Luigi Circuit so far.

Should wii switch over a new leaf?

Alex @ Thursday, March 2nd 01:38AM   [link]


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#3 Mike Koehoorn squeezed himself into third place, separating the Swedish pair of Richard and Andreas. Mike is closing in on Richard, too, so he main gain yet another spot in the next few weeks. He reported 6 new scores for the week, all pairs on the Cruiser, Stadium, and Sherbet. He improved both Sherbet scores by one position, which was difficult because he was already second-place. From the other four scores, two were new 60Hz records. Check the records section.

#8 David Gutierrez Pena passed #9 Marijn J after reporting 5 new PRs. He scored a new God time on Waluigi Stadium with a 1'37"5, reaching the top-10 there. His improved his lap to top-10 as well, and raced two further new top-10 times with Sherbet 1'14"3 and Dino Dino 1'42"4. The Dino time was his weakest, previously ranked 15th. This now leaves Luigi Circuit lap as his weakest time. David raised his God tally by 2 to reach 29/32, missing just three scores.

#11 Jacob Purcell reported two new Waluigi Stadium runs, which was enough for him to pass #12 Jean-Christophe L. His 1'38"3 was a gain from 23rd to 15th place, and corresponding 31"0 lap was a gain of 3 positions and 2 standards. Both were previously 20+ ranked times, which Jacob just improved to top-20 level. His Mario 3lap, Yoshi lap, and Castle 3lap are ranked 21st/20th/20th, so they are the most obviously targets if he wants to secure 32/32 top-20.

#15 Ryan Stevens is still entertaining the thought of making a comeback. He continued grinding Baby Park for the second week, landing an 8"39 time that was fast enough for 7th place. It was a win on USA No.1 Andrew, but it fell 0"002 short of getting a win on USA No.3 Jacob. Unfortunately for Ryan, the country record is held by USA No.2 David with a strong 8"35.

#20 Paul Tanney's AF dropped below 20.0 points for the first time since forever, thanks to 8 new PRs. Paul was briefly Champion, so he's seen very low AF scores in the past. He raced two new God times, a 1'15"3 Luigi Circuit and a 1'04"6 Baby Park, to reach 16/32 God times. Both improvements were small cuts since he was already oh-so close. His other cuts included a nice cut in Yoshi Circuit lap 32"4 (from 18th to 11th place) and, if we pretend Dino Dino Jungle didn't exist, you could say that Paul improved his two weakest tracks with a 2'57"5 Rainbow Road and 1'37"8 Daisy Cruiser. Dino Dino, ranked 33rd, is currently Paul's weakest time by six positions and it's one of his extant scores from 2005. Paul's ARR cut puts him very close to a rank promotion, so maybe he should hold off on the Switch for a few days...

#45 Guillaume Becard reached the top-50 by passing Kris W, Mikel N, Mike H, Alejandro H, and Luke M. His 8pt AF cut proved too powerful, and a similar cut -- if he can repeat it -- would place him somewhere in the mid-30s. His favourite time was a 21"8 Peach Beach lap, ranked 25th, which took the crown from BP lap as his best ranked time. His pervious time was 53rd, so you can sense that it was an impressive cut. It was Guillaume's second God time after BP lap. He also invested some time in improving his lowest scores: a jump from 91st to 59th in Mario Circuit, 80th to 68th in Sherbet Land, and 81st to 62nd in DK Mountain. The DK Mountain was his last remaining Hero time, so his 1'46"9 Titan time sealed the deal for reaching 32/32 Titan.

#85 Kai Oliver Meister played Wario Colosseum this week, which was one of his oldest PRs. He passed Francois C and Alejandro L as a result, gaining a couple of ranks. The new times of 2'00"6 and 59"4 were quite a bit faster than his previous 2'01"8 and 1'00"2 lap, especially the lap, which was a milestone sub-minute lap and a jump of 40 positions. It's currently ranked 36th, which is his best performance. With a lap like that, Kai felt that he could go faster on the 2lap -- maybe even sub-2 minutes -- but it refused to budge.

#114 Anton Delva retained the lead in his rivalry with #123 Hugh, #126 Jocelyn, #130 Joseph, and #137 Dorian. His four cuts included two new Titan times: a 1'00"7 Colosseum lap and 26"3 Bridge lap. He now has 11 Titans to his name, although is still closer to Hero than Titan overall. Anton has fewer wins in his rivalry compared to Hugh or Joseph, but his timesheet is consistent enough that he has the lowest AF and Total Times among his rivals. Meanwhile, #123 Hugh Moorhead noticed that he was losing ground and came back strong with a 9pt AF cut. He reported 13 new scores and among them were several new Titans: 24"9 sub Luigi Circuit lap, 1'20"5 Mushroom Bridge, and 31"9 sub Mushroom City lap. He also produced a 26"1 Bridge lap, ranked 65th and hitting the Myth D requirements (it would be his best time if not for his top-10 time in Baby Park lap). Hugh became a Hero A player and hit the same ARR score as Anton, despite being slightly lower in the ranking. And then there is #130 Joseph Armstrong, up 9 positions, whose 0.8pt ARR cut brought him Hero A status as well. He's only one position behind Anton and Hugh in the ARR stakes. Joseph has 11 wins in the rivalry, three more than anyone else, yet is still trailing in AF because he has strong strengths but also very weak weaknesses. He reported 6 new times this week and found a new favourite track in Rainbow Road. The cuts of 2'58"7 and 58"7 were a far cry from the previous 3'00"1 and 59"5, especially the lap. The new times, both near top-50, turned Rainbow from a mediocre track to his best track in a matter of weeks. Joseph's other success was in Mushroom City where he improved his 3lap (1'37"3) by a whole second to reach the top-100, and crushed his 32"2 lap with a 31"6 that hit Myth D territory. This was Joseph's first Myth, even surpassing the impressive Titan As in Rainbow.

#165 Dennis Colvin and #168 Christophe Balzeau have run away with the lead in their rivalry, splitting the victories 16-15-1 and reaching Hero C level while #233 Vincent A and #251 Jean-Christophe L remain two titles behind. This week both Dennis and Christophe scored 30pt AF cuts, widening the gap to the others by 30 positions while staying locked together. Dennis sent in 18 PRs, raising his Titan tally from 3 to 6 and reducing his Experts from 18 down to 9. He also scored a God time on Baby Park lap as he only needed a 0"01 cut to promote his previous Myth+ time. Dennis says that he will focus on beating his remaining Experts and has goals of reaching top-100 sometime this year.Christophe reduced his own Expert count from 20 down to 11, but so far has two Titans compare to Dennis's six. He was particularly happy to score a sub-minute lap on Rainbow with a 59"7, saying it was one his dream times. He hopes to go sub-2 in the Colosseum and sub-3 in Rainbow in the near future. The Colosseum is his best track at the moment, where he raced a 2'01"9 this week, as well as a 1'00"3 lap to go with it. The lap is already his best ranked time, but he'll need to take it sub-minute to make sub-2 a possibility.

#301 Stephen De Winter reported 7 PRs and passed 8 players, getting ever-closer to top-300. Mushroom City was overdue for a new time and he improved both times by around 70 positions. A 1'23"6 in Mushroom Bridge was a similar 70-position cut that brought his course time closer to his lap in terms of quality. Finally, Stephen improved his best course time (on DK Mountain) from 203rd place to 187th, grabbing his second top-200 time and nearly matching his fast-lap there. His lap is Hero, but the course time is still one standard behind. Stephen had an easy time improving it since he used his mushrooms on different laps rather than going for fast-lap each race. He says that he still has potential to go a whole second faster on the 3lap time, even though it's already his best track. Stephen's cuts helped him reached the Expert B title.

#526 Sam Smith, last active 3 years ago, returned with almost a full set of times. His 119pt AF cut nearly rewarded him with a top-500 position and he went from 16/32 to 31/32 Advanced, missing out only Baby Park lap despite cutting it down by three standards. For many players Baby Park is their best standard, while for others its their worst. Some videos may help Sam turn it upside down! Video link is on the left, Sam.

Also active were #108 Jack Whittingham, #180 Gavin Kimpton, #695 Dan Downey, and #874 Meagan Schmidt (friend of #11 Jacob).

New Records

Mike K took both Sherbet Land line honours this week. His course record was 1'13"912 and lap was 23"674. The previous marks, 1'13"919 and 23"72, were set six months ago by Andrew M. Mike acknowledged that his course time was a clutch 0"01 victory on the last lap, so perhaps there is room for improvement by both himself and Andrew. This double-record swap raised Mike's WR tally to 8 and reduced Andrew from 11 to 9. This means they're almost tied! But Mike indirectly helped Richard recapture the lead in the WR tally since Richard still has 10 WRs.

Two of Mike's other PRs were 60Hz records. Daisy Cruiser 31"250 was a 0"07 cut on his old time and a tiny 0"001 win again Andrew's WR from June last year. Waluigi Stadium lap 30"674 was a 0"02 win over Marijn's magical record lap from 9 years ago, although it was 0"03 slower than Kouider's record in 50Hz.

New Players

None this week.

More rivals and records

Alex @ Wednesday, February 22nd 12:33AM   [link]


#1 Andrew Math scored one new record this week. He also improved his Yoshi Circuit lap from 4th to 2nd place, beating Mike's and Kouider's laps but missing Richard's 50Hz time.

#4 Mike Koehoorn pushed 0.16 points closer to #3 Kouider, and needs another 0.16 to go -- he should reach the No. 3 spot very soon! Mike's 4 PRs this week included one new WR, a 27"7 Mario Circuit lap that was fast enough for 3rd place, and two 5th-placed times in Wario Colosseum.

#9 David Gutierrez Pena devoted his time to Wario Colosseum lap, trying to eke out the last few milliseconds he needed to beat Andreas's record. After succeeding, he raced 10 extra PRs on other tracks that he had been ignoring. They included two subs (sub-1'15 Luigi, sub-1'38 Waluigi) and several new God times, such as 23"8 Sherbet Land lap, 33"5 DK Mountain lap, and 33"1 Dino Dino Jungle lap. The most significant event for David was reaching God-status with an ARR score of -0.003. David joined almost exactly one year ago at rank #561, so it took him less than one year to reach the highest title and the top-10.

#14 Ryan Stevens sent in a new Baby Park lap, his first time in 10 months. The 8"41 lap is fast enough for 10th place, although it was higher ranked when he set it! Let's see if Ryan remains active. He's currently USA No. 4 and roughly 1.5pts behind No. 3 Jacob.

#20 Paul Tanney passed Tristan E and reentered the top-20 for the first time in a decade, calculating that he was last ranked top-20 back in 2007. He reported 6 new times, including his 23rd UK record with a 1'19"0 on Mushroom Bridge. Trystan P formerly held that record for 12 years, and the remaining 9 records are held by ex-champion Jonathan S. Paul also reentered the top-20 in Luigi Circuit lap, Mushroom Bridge lap, and Yoshi Circuit course and lap, with the latter two being substantial cuts since Yoshi Circuit was his weakest course time. Paul's 0.23pt cut in ARR places him 0.3pts away from the next title.

#51 Guillaume Becard passed #52 Rodolphe G and did well to bridge the gap between himself and #50 Gregor F. He looks forward to joining the top-50 soon, and a health 10 PRs this week makes it look likely to arrive next update. His highlights were a 1'04"8 Baby Park (up 15 positions and a sub), a 31"6 Waluigi stadium lap (from 93rd to 59th), a 1'42"1 Yoshi Circuit (from 63rd to 35th), and 2'00"4 Wario Colosseum (63rd to 42nd). Although he still has one Hero time, Guillaume raised his Myth times from 10 to 14 and consequently reached Titan+ status.

#87 Kai Oliver Meister gained three spots in the rankings after racing three new Myths: 22"1 Peach Beach lap, 1'31"8 and 28"4 Dry Dry Desert. He has 7 Myths now, and these cuts were some of his strongest times. The Desert course time was his first top-50 time, ranked 47th, and he was pleased to also score a sub-1'09 on Peach Beach.

#108 Jack Whittingham passed Chevallier F, reporting four new times. The highlight was a 34"1 Dino Dino Jungle lap, ranked 95th, which was Jack's seventh Titan and fifth top-100 time. His other PRs on Bowser's Castle were close to top-100 level, but not quite there.

#115 Anton Delva reached the Belgian No.1 position after passing Tom, and passed a further seven players. He had a spare day to play and dedicated it to his weakest tracks, such as Wario Colosseum, Yoshi Circuit, and Waluigi Stadium. Those tracks harboured his last five remaining 150+ ranked times and he improved all of them, reached 31/32 top-150 with just Waluigi Stadium remaining at rank 159. His best time for the week was a 28"5 Mario Circuit lap, his third top-100 time and 9th Titan. Anton became Hero A and says he will try to reach top-100 next.

#136 Dorian Herniote advanced 7 positions in the rankings, also gaining a little bit in his rival with Anton. He reported 13 times, reaching Hero B status in the process and also reaching 32/32 Hero after eliminating his last Expert on Sherbet Land. His rival #139 Joseph Armstrong did his best to catch up, shedding 12 AF points to closely track Dorian up the ladder. Joseph focused heavily on Yoshi Circuit and Rainbow Road. In Yoshi, he rocketed from 145th to 87th place with a 33"2 lap, half a second better, to claim a new Titan and his fifth top-100 time. In Rainbow, he similarly crushed his lap by half a second (from 1'00 to 59"6) but had trouble transferring the gains to the 3lap, improving by mere hundredths. Later in the week, the stars appeared to align when he raced a 3'00"1, almost three seconds faster and a jump of 4 standards. It is currently his third best-ranked time, ranked 86th. Although Joe is trailing relative to his rivals Anton, Jocelyn, Hugh, and Dorian, he may have untapped potential in two tracks where his times are ranked 200+.

#165 Zack Tabak gained 7 placed this week, well on his way to reaching his goal of top-150. His favourite cut for the week was a 1'34"0 Dry Dry Desert time, improving from 199th to 131st place, which is currently his best position. His 135th place in Luigi Circuit with a 25"0 lap, and 133rd place in Baby Park with 1'06"1 course, were very close behind.

#181 Gavin Kimpton passed Tobias S following two cuts in Baby Park. His 8"53 lap reached the G+10 standard, although his 7lap was 0"2 behind the Titan threshold.

#195 Dennis Colvin and #196 Christophe Balzeau both reached the top-200 at the same time, both with big cuts. Dennis's 49pt cut kept him ahead of his rivals, but Christophe's 64pt cut brought him only one position behind. The pair have a 14-to-13 share of records in their rivalry, with Vincent A and Jean-Christophe L holding the remaining 5 wins. Dennis began the week with 5 Heroes and finished with 14 Heroes, including one Myth in a 8"60 Baby Park lap, and two Titan Ds in Wario Colosseum. His Baby lap and 2'02"5 Colosseum time are both top-100 level. Dennis was promoted to Hero D level for his efforts. Christophe started the week with 7 Heroes and finished with 12. He already had two Titan times in Wario Colosseum and a top-100 course time there, which is perhaps why Dennis tried to beat him there (and did so in the course by 3 positions, but missed the lap by 1 position). Christophe improved all 14 of his Expert C/D to Expert B or better, which did wonders for his ARR: he jumped two standards and joined Dennis on Hero D level.

#234 Vincent Audoore distanced himself from Jean-Christophe with a 15pt AF cut, although lost some ground to Dennis and Christophe. His 12 new times earned him the Expert A title, and his biggest cut was a 1'00"5 Rainbow Road lap, from 301st to 210th place. It's currently his top-ranked time.

#309 Stephen De Winter found some success in Wario Colosseum, improving from 350+ to 245th place in the 2lap and 278th in the lap. He has the single Hero time from before, but scoring an Expert A here on the 2lap might inspire him to push it a little further and aim for another Hero. He moved up four positions in the rankings.

#376 David Nutt raced 13 PRs, including 6 new Expert times to reach 32/32 Expert. He had the most trouble with Baby Park and was relieved to score a pair of Expert Ds there, even though it's still his weakest track. Just prior to that, DK Mountain and Rainbow Road were refusing to surrender, but David learned what to do from some videos.

#531 Marcus Frenje sent 4 PRs in his first week on the site. Three of them, on Peach Beach and Baby Park, were Expert times and joined his previous instance on Sherbet Land for a total of 4/32 Experts. Marcus reached the Advanced B levels in ARR, so he should aim to get another 12 or so Experts to move to the next tier.

New Records

Andrew M improved his own Dry Dry Desert record to 1'28"532 since he wasn't satisfied with a few mistakes in his previous record, which was the 1'28"67 he raced earlier this month.

Andrew also captured the 60Hz Yoshi Circuit lap with a 32"159, beating Mike's lap of 32"185 set two months ago.

Mike K struck a blow back by taking the DK Mountain record with a 1'42"736, improving his own time from third place to a tiny fraction faster than Andrew's previous record of 1'42"75, set one year ago.

David P won the Wario Colosseum lap from the strong hold of Andreas R with a new time of 57"472, a mere 0"005 quicker than Andreas. Andreas's time was from 2013.

Andrew still leads the WR tally with 11, despite forfeiting DK Mountain to Mike. Mike increased his count to 6, still some ways behind Richard. David took Andreas's last remaining record to raise his own count to 2.

New Players

None this week.

Why is everybody active all at once?

Alex @ Friday, February 17th 01:08AM   [link]


#1 Andrew Math raced a new Dry Dry Desert record, mostly in response to Mike K threatening his record. Check the records section.

#4 Mike Koehoorn made a 0.16 AF cut, slightly reducing the gap between himself and #3 Andreas to 0.4 points. He started the week with a new record in Dry Dry Desert, which forced Andrew to take it back, but also scored two new records in Baby Park and Mushroom City. His other new times were in Dry Dry Desert lap (from 4th to 3rd) and DK Mountain lap (from 7th to 3rd).

#9 David Gutierrez Pena improved his Wario Colosseum record this week, which gained him some glory but no AF cut. He followed through with some new times, such as 44"8 Bowser's Castle lap (from 6th to 4th) and a great 30"98 sub in Waluigi Stadium, which was his 24th God time. Unfortunately he missed the sub on the Stadium course time, finishing with 1'38"02. David is now 2.7 AF points clear of Konsta but needs another 1.4 points to reach #8 Marijn.

#12 Jacob Purcell is potentially once again entertaining the thought of reaching top-10. I believe Jacob's highest rank was 11th, before Mike and David clambered over. A total cut of 0.9 would be enough to pass #11 Jean-Christophe L and #10 Konsta J, and Jacob raced a quarter of that requirement this week with just two PRs. His new times, both on Bowser's Castle, were a continuation of his drills there a few weeks ago. The course time is still his third weakest time, but he managed to reach the God standard in the lap.

#20 Paul Tanney passed Bo G and Tristan E to reach a round figure ranking once more. He played only Waluigi Stadium, trying to beat his 1'39"6 course time set back in 2005. He beat it several times over the week, ending up with a 1'38"8. His lap was 10 years newer than his course time, but he beat the lap by a big margin 0"4 margin as well, ending up with a 30"97 sub. The lap is currently his third best ranked time, so he has turned Waluigi around from one of his worst tracks to one of his best.

#23 Frederic Vernier reported 0.8 AF points of cuts, passing Paul M and Alex H to maintain his distance from Paul. His big wins were a 1'15"4 Luigi Circuit (from Myth C to Myth+) and Baby Park 1'04"8 (Myth D to Myth A), both of them being three standards higher. He also improved the Luigi lap to 24"4 for a new top-25 time, and improved Baby Park from 8"37 to an impressive 8"35 but still remains in 3rd position there behind Mike and David.

#53 Guillaume Becard gained 9 positions following a string of big cuts accumulated over two weeks. Reaching top-50 won't be so easy because there is a sizeable gap between #51 Rodolphe and #50 Gregor. Still, he may be able to reach Gregor by two weeks' time. Guillaume's biggest cuts were Baby Park 8"49 (from 52nd to 26th), Dry Dry Desert 1'31"9 (from 85th to 49th), and Wario Colosseum 59"6 (88th to 53rd). A few PRs were notable subs: the aforementioned 59"6 Colosseum lap, a 1'19"9 Mushroom Bridge 3lap, and 25"9 Bridge lap, as well as 45"6 Bowser's Castle lap. Both his Desert improvements and City lap were also new Myth times, giving Guillaume a 10/32 Myth count. He reached Titan A status in ARR.

#90 Kai Oliver Meister noticed Guillaume going sub-1'32 in Dry Dry Desert and decided to covet his neighbour's sub, so he set to work to try and score the same. He improved to 1'32"3, missing his goal by a little bit. Kai found better luck on Sherbet Land where he crushed his old times, a 1'16"7 and 24"6, with new times of 1'15"8 and 24"3; the new times were 50-60 positions higher and both were upgrades from Hero to Titan. Kai reached Titan C status in ARR and passed Julien B, Alex P, Yoann S, Joost C, Paulo P, and Prashant B in the rankings.

#109 Jack Whittingham can see the light at the end of the tunnel, taking three steps closer to the top-100. He was happy to score a 1'33"4 in Dry Dry Desert, despite missing the top-100 by 4 positions and missing the Titan standards, because it was a big cut for him. The corresponding 28"8 lap was a sub, and also his sixth and fourth top-100 time. Later in the week Jack raced a 1'41"7 in Waluigi Stadium that, like the Desert time, also missed top-100 by a few positions and missed the Titan standards. He's getting close on multiple fronts, though, so persistence will pay off. Jack passed Michael S, Ben Z, and David L in the rankings.

Rivals #123 Anton Delva, #125 Jocelyn Sitek, #129 Hugh Moorehead, #143 Dorian Herniote, and #151 Joseph Armstrong all reported new times, although did not exchange their relative positions. Anton raced two PRs, one of which was his second ever top-100 time. He gained one spot and is still one spot behind his country's top player, #123 Tom S. Meanwhile, Jocelyn reported a sub-1'45 Yoshi Circuit time. More importantly, Jocelyn reported that he will be overseas for five months -- hopefully he can bring his console! Hugh send in a new Colosseum lap but said he will be busy over the next few months and may fall behind. Dorian gained a few positions in the rankings and was frustrated to choke on a few big cuts, particularly Dry Dry Desert, where he improved by 60 positions but wanted something even greater. Dorian reported a fast Colosseum time but it may be a typo -- he should double check it. Joseph made the biggest cut in the rivalry, reporting 8 PRs and a 7pt AF cut to make up some lost ground. His highlights were a 1'16"3 Luigi Circuit (ranked 64th, his best), and upgrading two Experts to Hero C in Dino Dino Jungle, elevating his timesheet to 26/32 Heroes. One of those new Hero times was a 1-shroom lap, so there is more room to grow.

#172 Zach Tabak's 25pt cut may earn him a spot in the above rivalry since he's passed the inactive #180 Brent C. He concentrated on lifting his poor times and, after racing 18 new times, increased his tally of top-200s from 9 to 23. Seven of the new scores were new Hero times. His 24"6 Sherbet Land lap, ranked 132, also became his new top time. Zach was happy to finally execute his shrooms over snow well enough there to take 0"2 off his old lap, and his cut in the 3lap was almost as big.

#246 Dennis Colvin recently took the lead in his rivalry against #249 Vincent Audoore, #250 Jean-Christophe Leger, and #262 Christophe Balzeau. He scored his 5th Hero time this week with a 1'01"9 lap sub in Wario Colosseum, and he leads his rivals in every metric except Total Times. Dennis reported 2 PRs this week. Vincent had a comparatively large 15pt AF cut, enough to reach the top-250, pass Jean-Christophe, and nearly catch Dennis. His 12 PRs included his first ever Hero time -- "Finally!", he said -- in the form of a 33"1 Daisy Cruiser lap. Vincent has 1 Hero compared to Dennis's 5 Heroes, but the floodgates are now open. Christophe sent in 7 new PRs in exchange for a 10pt AF cut. He gained ground on both Dennis and Jean-Christophe and lost some ground on Vincent. His best cuts came on Rainbow Road, particularly the lap, which we improved from 1'01"7 to 1'00"7 and jumped 108 positions. Both of these cuts were Expert A times, missing out on Hero by a little. However, Christophe will still be happy knowing that he has 7 Heroes already, which is more than his rivals.

#313 Stephen De Winter submitted 11pts worth of AF cuts and gained 9 positions. He has been practicing his A-tech lately and it helped him score an impressive 36"0 lap in DK Mountain, his first Hero time and first top-200 time. Stephen was annoyed to miss the sub-36 by only 0"03, but was happy to smash his old time. He also improved his course time to 1'51"7, also a big beating of his old time, and also only 0"03 slower than he would have wanted (it's ranked 202nd). Since he was using his shrooms with intention of getting a good lap, he intends to beat the course time again when he used the shrooms more strategically. He scored 4 other cuts on Luigi Circuit and Peach Beach, and the two cuts in the Beach were both jumps of 100+ positions.

#390 David Nutt feels that he's on track for 32/32 Expert by the end of the month. His 19pt AF cut this week comprised 8 new times, of which 6 were new Experts, for a new total of 26/32 Expert. The six he has remaining are in his least favourite tracks, but four of them are ranked 500+ and would be a boon to topple. His 34"7 Yoshi Circuit lap, currently ranked 339th, is his new best ranked time after taking the reins from Peach Beach lap. David reached the top-400 after passing 21 players with his improvements.

#491 Rob Prittie, roommate of #40 Noah M, sent in his first scores in 10 months and renewed his interest in reaching the top-400. He reached the top-500 for the first time following a 20pt AF cut. A 33"6 Mushroom City lap was a new Expert time -- his 5th so far -- and he eliminated his last two remaining Intermediate times on Baby Park to reach 32/32 Advanced. Let's see if he surges onwards in coming weeks.

#500 Adam Norbury reached the top-500 as well after improving his weakest time, Baby Park lap. It was his last remaining 700+ time and he improved it by more than 100 positions. He still has two 600+ ranked times left, on Luigi Circuit and Baby Park 7lap, that would give him most bang-for-buck to improve.

#586 Adam Roberts reported a 42pt AF cut after he figured out that he can do MTs in mid-air. This helps on several tracks, most notably Wario Colosseum and Waluigi Stadium, and he raced new times on both of these tracks. His cut in the Colosseum lap was as large as 130 positions. At the same time, he improved both Mushroom City times by 200-240 positions, where aerial tricks don't apply, so his racing must be improving more generally. Adam reached 26/32 Advanced after upgrading 8 of his Intermediate times, leaving only 6 remaining for next time.

#700 Dan Downey reached the 700 mark following two strong cuts. One was on Peach Beach, which he improved by 0"7, and the other was a 28"2 lap in Mushroom Bridge, which was his third top-500 time and only 0"1 away from the Expert barrier. Dan said he wants to get sub-28 to catch up to his rivals.

Anthony Guerrero continued to fill in gaps in his timesheet, racing 27 PRs. He managed to improve all except one of his previous PRs and is only missing scores for the Colosseum and the Jungle now. When Anthony joined, he had only played Baby Park and was 438th. He improved to 253rd last time, and sent in a 1'06"2 this week that is ranked as high as 138th place. Not to be a one-hit wonder, he also send in a 1'10"3 Peach Beach time ranked 150th, with a corresponding Hero lap. With such skills he should have little trouble destroying his Advanced and Intermediate times in the other tracks.

#229 Giovanni van Basten was also active, racing his mandatory PR for the month.

New Records

Mike K improved his Baby Park lap record to 8"316, a small shave off his previous 8"318 WR set a few weeks ago.

Andrew M improved the Dry Dry Desert course record to 1'28"678 because Mike raced a 1'28"68 mid-week to briefly hold the WR. Mike expected Andrew to beat it back, which he did, although Andrew said that the time is far from potential. The previous record before Mike and Andrew beat it was Andrew's 1'28"70 set back in 2013, so the gain in four years was relatively small.

Mike K finished the job in Mushroom City lap after missing Andreas's 30"78 lap record by 0"01 last month. He raced a 30"775 this week to beat it by 0"01. Andreas's record was set in 2013.

David P beat his own Wario Colosseum record twice during the week, the faster time being 1'56"384. He initially took this WR last month with a 1'56"5. Despite missing 2 MTs in the new run, he said he doesn't expect to beat it again since he got the "best R-tech ever" on the spirals, which more than made up for any missed MTs.

New Players

Welcome to..

Marcus Frenje, Norway (#551, Advanced C)

So how about those Champions League matches in a few days

Alex @ Monday, February 13th 02:10AM   [link]


#22 Paul Tanney was the highest active player this week, racing 6 PRs. Two improvements were on Bowser's Castle--a 2'19"6 and 45"5--which were jumps of a dozen positions each. The course time was notable because it was one of Paul's oldest times, dating back to 2005, and his new time was understandably an upgrade from Titan to Myth. Paul now has 29/32 Myths. He also raced new times on Mushroom City, reaching the God standard on the course time with a 1'35"3, and improved both Peach Beach times, getting a sub with a 1'07"9. Paul needs just another 0.3pts to take the #21 position from Bo.

#112 Jack Whittingham gained two positions this week and was pleased to pass John A and capture the UK No. 9 position. His highlight was the 1'05"9 Baby Park 7lap, an improvement from 148th to 106th place and also a desirable sub. Unfortunately he missed the Titan standard there, but managed to score his fifth Titan on Mushroom Bridge instead, with a 26"3 lap.

#124 Anton Delva reported nearly two weeks worth of PRs, some from this week and some from the latter half of last week. There were 16 improvements, all together resulting in a compelling 17pt AF cut. His biggest wins were on DK Mountain where he crushed his old times, ranked 210-225, down by 100 positions each. Both improvements were upgrades from Expert to Hero. A 1'33"8 in Dry Dry Desert secured a 32/32 Hero timesheet for the Belgian. His other highlights were 3 new Titan times: 22"43 Beach lap, 24"95 Luigi lap, and 28"95 Desert lap. The latter was also Anton's first top-100 time, currently ranked 95th place. Anton says that after he returns from a brief ski trip he will try Waluigi Stadium and Yoshi Circuit because they're his weakest times by 30 positions and are looking a little frail. He passed 16 players in the charts (including Cole G, Rob vZ, Hugh M, Piet dD, and Jocelyn S) but didn't quite catch up to the top Belgian player #122 Tom S. Anton has taken the lead in his rivalry but Jocelyn and Hugh still lead in certain stats.

#145 Dorian Herniote reported 6 PRs, cashing in his 30th and 31st Hero times and just waiting on the last one. The two new Heroes were on Rainbow Road, from 3'03"9 to 3'02"4, and Yoshi Circuit, from 1'45"8 to 1'44"9, both big jumps of about 50 positions. His last remaining Expert, and also last remaining 200+ ranked time, is on Sherbet Land. His other improvements were on Wario Colosseum and Daisy Cruiser. At present Dorian has 3 wins in the rivalry (with Anton and others) and will hope to join some of his rivals at Hero B level in the next week or two.

#154 Joseph Armstrong, also in the above rivalry, has 5 rivalry wins right now. Four of those wins came just this week following cuts in Luigi Circuit and Peach Beach. He improved his Luigi scores multiple times over the week to finish on a 1'16"5 (and 24"8 lap), which is 0.5s faster (and 0.15s faster) than the five rivals. His old time was ranked 145th and his new time is 81st. Similarly, his old Peach Beach was 143rd and his new one--a 1'09"5 that also leads the other rivals by half a second--is ranked 98th. Joseph's 22"3 lap in that track, although also a rivalry win, was only slightly faster than Hugh's time. These four wins were all Titans and three of them were new Titans, raising the tally from 2 to 5. On the opposite end of the scale, Joseph managed to upgrade 6 Expert times to Hero level, reaching 24/32 Hero. The last eight that remain are times he raced back in August-October last week and are perhaps worth a revisit. Joseph passed 17 players on the ladder and reached Hero C level in ARR.

#181 Gavin Kimpton reported a 9pt AF cut to pass 10 players and reach #179 Brent C, the final player in the rivalry. Perhaps Gavin should join the rivalry himself? He began the week with three PRs and improved them once again at the end of the week, adding an extra cut. His trump card was a 1'05"99 Baby Park 7lap, a whole second (and 165 positions!) better than his previous time. At rank 114, it's his second best time anywhere. Gavin also improved his Daisy Cruiser times to top-200 level, especially the 32"8 lap, was it was a jump from 230th to 154th. With 3 Experts upgraded, Gavin now has 16/32 Hero times.

#246 Dennis Colvin has another super week, adding a further 71pt AF cut to 127pt cut he got since joining. He improved 28 of his scores and reached 32/32 Expert B. Most of the new times were upgrades within the Expert tier, but also included his first four 4 Hero times: a 1'11"1 and 22"7 in Peach Beach, a 1'06"4 Baby Park, and 32"4 Mushroom City. The Baby time is currently 181st and is his best position, but he also raced a top-200 time in Rainbow Road. Dennis says he will focus on getting more Heroes. His overall title is now Expert A, so reaching Hero level shouldn't take more than two or three weeks, right?

#272 Vincent Audoore reported 15 new times, enough for a 16pt AF cut and enough to overtake rival #275 Christophe B. As we know, Dennis has taken an unexpected sudden lead in their rivalry, even surpassing #249 Jean-Christophe Leger, so Vincent and Christophe are now playing catch-up. Vincent's biggest wins were 32"6 Mushroom City (+68 positions), 1'44"3 Waluigi Stadium (+73 positions), and 30"0 Dry Dry Desert (+83 positions), where he was unlucky to miss the sub-30 lap. No Hero times so far, but he increased his Expert A count from 3 to 8, so a first Hero is looming. #275 Christophe Balzeau was also active and raced new cuts on one of his weakest tracks (Dino Dino Jungle), but couldn't quite prevent Vincent passing him.

#506 Adam Norbury reported 7 PRs, passing 16 players as a result. The best of his cuts were a 28"1 Mushroom Bridge lap (from 592nd to 479th) and 49"9 Bowser's Castle sub (from 501st to 447th). These raised Adam's count of top-500 times to 9/32. He also achieved three new Advanced A standards for a grand total of 5 so far. His first Expert may be calling.

#601 Zack Mosenson submitted 27 cuts in exchange for a 99pt AF chop, enough to pass 104 players. Last week he was Intermediate A with 19/32 Intermediate majority, and now is Advanced D and with only 24/32 Advanced majority. A few tracks frustrated him this time, namely Baby Park and Mushroom City laps, but they were already Zack's best times and hardest to improve. His new Waluigi Stadium times, both ranked 515-520, came very close to becoming his best times. #626 Adam Roberts scaled the cliffs with an 8pt AF cut, but will have to scale harder to regain the lost ground to Zack. Adam raced his first Expert times this week with an impressive showing on DK Mountain, concluding with a 1'56"8 and 37"7 lap. Ranked 395th and 359th, these times are 150 places ahead of any other time raced by either Adam or Zack.

New Players or Records

None this week.

Sixty Hertz is new Best Hertz

Alex @ Wednesday, February 1st 11:30PM   [link]

I'm overseas next week: next update will likely be delayed by several days until I get back.


#1 Andrew Math scored his first sub-1'34 in Mushroom City to take the overall course WR, saying that he has not completely happy his race and could have gone quicker. No word yet whether he will fight back for some of the recent WRs he lost to Mike, but Andrew says that we should all consider him active and ready to strike.

#2 Mike Koehoorn has set himself a goal to reach 3rd place this year and made some good progress. Mike's new times were a Dry Dry Desert 1'28"7, a Mario Circuit 1'27"4, Sherbet Land 1'13"9, and Wario Colosseum 1'57"1. All of these were slower than Andrew, and two of them were in second place behind Andrew's WR. So as a result, Mike felt frustrated by being so close to Andrew four times. Still, his 0.15 AF brought him to within 0.75pts away from Andreas and the third spot, and it seems likely that he can reach his goal within a month.

#9 David Gutierrez Pena was also active, improving his Sherbet Land lap, Peach Beach lap, and Mushroom City. Each one hit the next available standard. David is gradually approaching the zero-level in ARR and currently has 0.32 with 23/32 God times.

#12 Jacob Purcell passed #13 Vincent vdF after lowering his Bowser's Castle course time to 2'18"9. His position there improved from 28th to 24th place, and it's still his weakest placement, but he gained just enough spots to make a difference at the top of the rankings.

#22 Paul Tanney has held the UK No.1 spot for some time now since his comeback, and has not mentioned any concrete goals or plans. He reported 4 PRs this week to score a decent 0.7pt AF cut, which takes him closer to #21 Bo G, who in turn is very close to #20 Tristan, so perhaps Paul would can reach top-20 again in the next month. He finally went sub-24 in Sherbet Land with a 23"99 lap, good enough for 14th place, which is new third best rank at the moment. He also subbed the course time, reaching 20th place with a 1'14"9. Paul also raced two new times on Mushroom City, going from Myth B to Myth+ in the course time, but said that his controller was starting to wear and failing to register all SSMTs, which has been costing him runs. He improved his fast-lap to 31"1, already a God time, and hopes to reach the same standard on the course -- perhaps with a new controller. Paul reached Myth A level overall with these cuts.

#25 Frederic Vernier scored his 29th Myth time after taking Rainbow Road down to 2'57"8. He is only missing Myth standards on DK Mountain and Dino Dino Jungle, so expect some focus on those tracks soon.
Frederic also played Baby Park and improved his lap to 8"37, which was fast enough for 3rd place overall.

#62 Guillaume Becard reported a 4.5pt AF cut to pass six players, including three French-speaking players. His best cut was a 32"0 Daisy Cruiser lap, from 100th place down to 55th, which was the only 100+ ranked time that he didn't improve last week. Other notable cuts were a 26"0 Mushroom Bridge lap (Titan to Myth B), 33"95 sub in Dino Dino Jungle, and a 1'39"3 in Daisy Cruiser 3lap. He also raced a 46"0 lap in Bowser's Castle and 32"0 lap in Waluigi Stadium, so unfortunately 4 out of his 5 new lap times missed out on hitting their subs. Guillaume now has 7/32 Myth times after the new Bridge and Cruiser laps.

#96 Kai Oliver Meister broke through the top-100 after passing Nivek N, Jon P, Leo B, Paul R, and Rob C. He spent some time on Mushroom Bridge, one of his weakest tracks, and figured out some new things. With new understanding of what to do, he quickly improved from 132nd to 91st place. The lap improved more drastically, from 112th to 68th, and was Kai's third Myth time. He scored a 4th Myth time on Mushroom City with a 31"5 lap, and went sub-1'37 in the course. Kai also found another sub on Daisy Cruiser with a 1'39"8, which was also a new Titan, and he now has 18/32 Titans.

#114 Jack Whittingham passed Jeff G and Alan D following 6 new times. His 1'10"0 Peach Beach missed the Titan standards and missed the sub-1'10 by three hundredths, so Jack said he might return to it to finish the job. He also beat Daisy Cruiser lap, one of his early PRs, and lowered his weakest time, Sherbet Land, to sub-1'17 for the first time. Finally, Jack improved both Mushroom City times to levels that he was content with (since he beat Hugh's times).

#124 Jocelyn Sitek gained three spots, passing Andrew Manning, Alexis M, and Piet D. He improved his best time, Baby Park lap, from 42nd to 35th place, making it increasing more difficult for his favourite track DK Mountain to catch up. He also achieved his 5th Titan time by making a large cut in Daisy Cruiser, from 182nd to 109th place with a 32"4 lap.

#128 Hugh Moorhead reported two weeks of cuts in exchange for a large 29pt AF cut. He passed Anton and Dorian and nearly caught up to Jocelyn and Jack, so the competition around him is fairly active. Hugh reached 31/32 Hero times after eliminating 7 of his last 8 Experts, missing only Waluigi Stadium 3lap, where he scored a new time but was 0"15 behind the Hero cut-off. He fared far better on the lap, crushing his lap from from 197th to 105th place. His lap is almost 100 positions ahead of his course time, so there's no doubt that he can eliminate his final Expert. Another strong time was a 28"7 Dry Dry Desert lap, fast enough for top-75 and currently his third top-100 time. Hugh also reached 32/32 top-200 times, beating the 8 he needed that were ranked lower, and reached Hero B level.

#140 Anton Delva missed a few subs early in the week, scoring a 1'10"0 Peach Beach and 1'38"1 Mushroom City. He later improved them to 1'09"9 and 1'37"7 to secure the precious subs, although he missed out on Sherbet Land by hitting 1'17"000 exactly. The Beach and City times were his third and fourth Titans, so Anton was satisfied. Like Hugh, he also reached Hero B level.

#148 Dorian Herniote passed four players to enter the top-150 tier. He was most satisfied with finally earning the Hero time in Luigi Circuit with a 1'17"8. He soon after improved Bowser's Castle to sub-2'24 to win another Hero, leaving only 3 Expert times remaining in his timesheet. Rainbow, Yoshi Circuit and Sherbet are the three problem tracks remaining and Dorian said he will try Yoshi first. He managed to improve it to top-200 level with a 1'45"8, but it was still not quite enough for Hero.

#171 Joseph Armstrong reported a 4.4pt AF cut but said that he only had access to the Wii for a couple of days, and could not stage a full comeback. His 6 PRs included his first top-100 time, an 8"67 Baby Park lap, alongside two new Hero times on Mario Circuit. He needs one more PR to reach the next title in ARR.

#196 Zack Tabak's 34pt AF cut pulled him all the way into the top-200, a jump of over 30 positions. He raced new Hero times with a 33"0 Daisy Cruiser and 34"9 Dino Dino Jungle, reaching 12/32 Hero times. These helped him became Hero D overall, with his 20 remaining Expert times being either Exp A or (rarely) Exp B. Even though Zack is now top-200 he has only 9 top-200 times, but a large portion of them are ranked 200-220. He should be able to flip quite a lot of them over the bar in coming weeks.

#273 Christophe Balzeau also reported a large 33pt AF cut. He raced two new Hero times -- 22"7 Peach Beach lap and 32"4 Mushroom City lap -- to boost his tally to 7/32 Hero. His other 17 PRs were in the Expert tier, although so far nothing is threatening to dethrone his recent Colosseum times (which are Titan level). Near the end of the week Christophe reported some rushed PRs that he admitted were below his potential, so expect more news next time.

#312 Dennis Colvin joined three weeks ago and made his first submission since joining. His 127pt AF cut comes out to about 40 positions per week, which is very good. Dennis improved all 32 of his PRs, no doubt perfecting his snaking technique and racing lines. His best time is a 1'39"7 Mushroom City, ranked 228th, which is Expert level. All of his times are now Expert A-D, also earning him an Expert C title.

#358 Steven Schumann improved his already-best time on Mushroom Bridge lap from 26"9 to 26"7, saying that he was very proud of his time. It was previously ranked 250th and now 175th, a long away below his average position of 376th. It was Steven's first Hero time.

#411 David Nutt passed 14 players with a 15pt AF cut. He outgrew the Advanced ranks and became an Expert D, partly because of his 5 new Expert times on Dry Dry Desert lap, Daisy Cruiser lap, Yoshi Circuit 3lap, and Mario Circuit. David now has 20/32 Expert times, passing the half-way mark. His progress this week was less than previous because he was specifically chasing some of these Expert times on tracks that gave him trouble, and took longer than he had wanted. David said that he would like to reach 32/32 Expert eventually.

#522 Adam Norbury had his first taste of Expertise with a pair of Expert D times in Wario Colosseum. They are his new best ranked times, in positions 420-430, and were two out of 12 total PRs for the week; four other cuts were new inroads into Advanced A territory and may be his best chance of a third Expert. Adam's 21pt AF cut took him 15 positions higher in the rankings.

#611 Joey Jackson reported a 33pt AF cut to get ahead of #629 Adam Roberts, who himself reported a 12pt cut. Joey's times were his first since joining a few weeks ago. He focused on some of his weakest tracks, like Sherbet Land, and didn't touch his best track (Rainbow). Joey had 13 Intermediate times and reduced them to 5 remaining, so he should be able to reach 32/32 Advanced very soon. Adam only played DK Mountain, spending enough time to properly learn the track and how to approach the tricky jump. He improved his times substantially, from ranks 700+ to 538th on the course time and 495th on the lap. Both are currently his best course time and best lap, slightly better than his previous best on Bowser's Castle and Baby Park.

#705 Zack Mosenson and #708 Dan Downey both moved up the ladder with speed, although switched positions with Zack taking over. Zack reported a 52pt AF cut compared to Dan's 42pt cut after playing mostly Flower and Star Cups to improve a few neglected tracks. He beat his last Beginner time to reach 32/32 Intermediate, and increased his Advanced times from 3 to 13/32. He didn't get a chance to play much of Special Cup, which is now lagging, and he promised to set it straight next time. Dan's timesheet is much more chaotic at the moment, with a mix of weak Beginner times up to a few very good times (even top-500). Dan's new personal best, a 26"1 Luigi Circuit lap, is ranked 463rd and is close to becoming his first Expert. Both players reached Intermediate A level this week and should reach the Advanced ranks with no trouble.

~745 Alec Kirchberger sent in his first improvements since last August, scoring an impressive set of Experts and even two Hero times: a 1'17"8 Luigi Circuit and 1'22"1 Mushroom Bridge. The Luigi time is ranked as high as 165th place. We encourage Alec to submit his lap times as well and complete his timesheet.

~931 Anthony Guerrero, recently newcomer who had only played Baby Park, decided to give other tracks a shot. He sent in scores for 8 of the 16 tracks, while also improving his debut Baby Park time from 438th place to 253rd place. With snaking skills like that, he should be able to do fairly well on the other tracks. His best times outside Baby Park are a 1'12"9 Peach Beach and a 27"9 Mushroom Bridge lap, both of which are top-500 level.

New Records

Andrew M's 1'33"957 in Mushroom City was 0"08 faster than his personal best, and 0"04 faster than Andreas's old record from 2013. He goes back up to 12 overall WRs. Richard still has 10, Mike has 4, Kouider has 3, Andreas drops down to 2, and David has 1.

Andrew's time is the 17th WR that originates in 60Hz, so 60Hz now has the majority of WRs. I don't remember if 60Hz had a majority before?

Frederic V beat the 50Hz Baby Park lap record with a 8"371, which is 3rd place overall and 0"01 faster than Paul T's lap.

New Players

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Christian Vaughn, USA (#1010, Beginner B)

Christian has some speedrunning experience from other games and wants to try out some Individual Level times for Double Dash. He raced some times for every track so far except DK Mountain.