Career - Manage your team - Pro Cycling Manager 2017 - Official Guide
Career - Manage your team
The manager screen
The manager screen provides you with all the tools required to manage your team. The central area of the screen will change as you move from page to page, but the background always shows the same static items. Below is a brief description of the static items that comprise a Career mode screen.
1) The arrows allow you to track back and forth through recently visited pages.

2) The main menu tabs. Click on a tab to display the underlying sub-menu.

3) Quit to the main game menu; open the options screen; access online help or quit the game altogether.

4)The in-game date. Click on it to open your calendar. You can view the details of each event and, if you click on any given day, you can advance the game to this day.

5) To advance to the next event, click on Continue.

Note : You can advance or stop the day by day simulation by pressing the keyboard spacebar.

6) Your messages. It is here that you receive all the important information provided by the game on a daily basis (race invitations, sponsors, injuries, rider contracts, etc.). You may encounter a message that is marked "Some decisions require your attention". If this happens, find the message marked with a "!" in your inbox and solve the problem before moving on. Any text in yellow on your manager page provides a link to the page in question.

7) Filters allow you to sort your messages by category.

8) Races in which your team is currently competing.

9) Upcoming races.

10) Your team jersey.

11) Your finances and the current state of sponsor confidence.

12) The next race and the next sponsor objective in days (d) or weeks (w).
Messages:
Through the Messages page you interact with all phases of the game (race invitations, sponsors, rider contractsc) so you should pay careful attention to this page as the season advances.
Sponsors
When you choose your team, you are responsible for achieving the results that match up to the budget allocated by the team sponsor(s). However, you can manage the objectives set by your sponsors and renegotiate your conditions of financing.

Click the "Manager" menu then "Sponsors" on the top left of the management screen to display the sponsors menu. The objectives required by the sponsor(s) are displayed on the right of the screen and you must meet these to maintain the sponsor’s confidence in your team.

Your sponsor’s confidence not only relies on your team completing the objectives set but also the quality of your squad in relation to the territories your sponsor is interested in and the popular riders you enter for events that are particularly important to the sponsor.

You can now negotiate the objectives required by your sponsors by seeking more challenges (tougher objectives that may obtain a higher budget) or more modest objectives (easier objectives with a lower budget).

You can negotiate until 10th January on the "Sponsors" screen in the tab for that sponsor. You can click the list in the "Negotiate" column to change the difficulty level of each race in the list.
1) The confidence of the sponsor not only depends on your results, but also on the riders you decide to recruit into your team and your schedule. Here you can see the influence of each of these factors.

2) The results objectives set by your sponsor are listed here.

3) You can also negotiate the objectives required, but this will always impact on the budget you are allocated.

The 'Equipment suppliers' tab displays the names of your suppliers whose R&D programmes you manage through the 'Equipment' page of the 'Team' menu.
Finances
As team manager, it is crucial to manage finances well and to avoid going into the red. Click on the "Manager" menu and then "Finances" to view your income and spending. You also have the chart to help you view the monthly evolution of your balance, salaries, etc.
Equipement
Teams work actively with suppliers to design, test and eventually ride with new equipment.

Two types of Research & Development programme are available: full and limited.
  • • Access to the full R&D programme allows you to define R&D choices and to receive pre-production models on test and, then, the finished products before their official launch.

  • • Access to the limited R&D programme allows you to receive new models before their official launch, but you cannot define R&D choices.

Inside an R&D programme, equipment can undergo 4 types of change, with more time being required as the R&D programme becomes more involved:
    • Minor changes: the fastest way to make an improvement.
    • Major changes: a good compromise between a simple improvement and redesign.
    • Redesign of model: requires more time but generates significant gains.
    • New model: this will add a new model to the list of available equipment.
Staff
Pro Cycling Manager enables you to manage your "Staff". The staff are there to help you manage your team. During the first year the staff will be paid by your sponsors, but hiring extra staff will soon prove costly. Your "staff" comprise 3 profiles:

• Trainers: work with your riders to develop their skills.
• Scouts: help you discover young amateurs from all over the world or professionals who are yet unknown to you.

• Doctors: allow you manage injuries more effectively.

Infirmary
Sickness and injury are brought to the fore in 'Pro Cycling Manager' and, based on information supplied by the team doctor; you must decide whether to race a rider or to rest him. The early symptoms may seem benign at the outset, (tiredness, a soreness or a sniffle, for example) but they could evolve into pneumonia, tendinitis or glandular fever. You must balance the needs of the team against rider health, even if it means pulling a rider from a race. To continue could worsen the situation and lead to a longer lay-off period.
Team
Scouting enables you to find tomorrow's riders. Your scouts will automatically update the list of discovered riders, with their associated data and potential. From 21st June you will be able to contact them to negotiate one of the types of contract:
  • • Contract in the main team.

  • • Contract activated as of the month of August (neo pro training camp).

  • • Contract in the development team.


Note : If you yourself identify a rider, you can gain more information by going to a scout's data sheet and assigning him to the task. Moreover, in order to find riders more easily, you can shortlist them via the "World> Shortlist" menu.
In Pro Cycling Manager, you have the possibility to manage a development team. These are young riders, under 23 years of age, whom you are going to train and, perhaps, integrate into your main team.
The creation of a development team is only possible between November and February inclusive. To do this, you must go to "Team> Youth development> Management of development team" and set the various parameters. Once done, a "Development team" tab will be added and you will be able to view the data of your young riders.
Rider Contracts and Transfers
There are four types of riders with whom you may enter into contract discussions:
  • • professional riders on your own team;
  • • professional riders on opposing teams who will be out of contract at the end of the season;
  • • professional riders without a team;
  • • young amateur riders, either detected by your scout or who have come to prominence in world rankings.

Discussions with all professional riders begin at the end of June, but some riders may prefer to wait for another few weeks after that. There is no interim period during which you can begin exclusive talks with your existing riders; all riders become available for talks with all teams on the same day! You should therefore keep a close eye on your messages when the end of June approaches. Contract discussions with young amateur riders start at the end of July.

You can view the contract situation of your own riders by visiting the Team > Squad page and clicking on the 'Contract' tab. Here you will see a table showing a 'Contract till' year and, in the 'Next Season' column, the team with whom the rider is contracted for the following season. You may renew a contract with one of your riders or you may release him. To do so, you must click on his name (to open his information page) and then, in the drop-down box at the top-right, you must select 'Rider Data' and then click on the 'Renew' or 'Release' button.
Renew: This allows you to renew a contract with an existing team rider, which will take effect at the end of the current season. The earlier you start contract negotiations with one of your existing riders, the less chance you have of seeing him attracted to an opposing team.

The contract negotiations window is split into 3 parts. In the top third you see the rider’s request. In the second third, you make your offer of salary and length of contract. In the bottom third of the window, you will see your current salary spending.

Release: This allows you to release an existing rider at any time of the season. However, you will have to pay a certain amount of compensation, depending on the remaining contract period.
For a rider outside your team, you must contact him via his data sheet. If you have a specific rider in mind you can seek him out via the World > Teams page. Each team page has a 'Contract' drop-down box that allows you to display the contract status of all riders for the next season. You can also use the World > Search page and use the filters to seek out a rider that fits the parameters you set.

If a rider interests you, you can shortlist him in order to track his progress. He will then be listed on the World > Shortlist page. However, other teams can contact shortlisted riders and so, if you really want to sign him, you should click on the 'Contact' button and follow the same discussion procedure as for one of your own riders.

Opening discussions with any rider does not ensure that the rider will sign for you and so you should keep a close eye on the 'Transfers' news on your 'Messages' page. All ongoing transfer news is displayed here and it is here that will also receive messages from riders that would like to join your team. A link in the message will bring you directly to the contract negotiations window.