PRO CYCLING MANAGER 2013 GUIDE

Career - Teams
Select/Create your team
You can either manage an existing team from one of the teams in the different divisions, or form a customised team with the riders you select.

The number of riders in the teams varies depending on the division: a Cya World Tour team comprises 26-30 riders, a Continental Pro 16-25, and a Continental division has between 10 and 18.
Note: the team levels are indicated by the number of stars; the more stars, the stronger the team. When you select a strong team, you will not only obtain high-performance players, but also tougher objectives and demands set by the sponsors compared to other teams.

Experienced players can also customise a team with the riders of their choice. Depending on the riders selected, the team will start in the Cya World Tour, Continental Pro or Continental division.
When you form a team yourself, consider carefully the roles of each of your riders and how their skills will complement each other. A team needs a leader who is a good flat rider, who is good in time trials and who is a good climber. There are also other important roles, in particular for the stage races: the sprinter to win the stages and the sprint races, the climber to assist your leader or create breakaways in mountain races, flat riders to lead the peloton and your sprinter to catch the breakaway riders up or strike out alone, etc. A well-balanced team is a crucial factor in your bid to win.
Objectives
When you form a team yourself, consider carefully the roles of each of your riders and how their skills will complement each other. A team needs a leader who is a good flat rider, who is good in time trials and who is a good climber. There are also other important roles, in particular for the stage races: the sprinter to win the stages and the sprint races, the climber to assist your leader or create breakaways in mountain races, flat riders to lead the peloton and your sprinter to catch the breakaway riders up or strike out alone, etc. A well-balanced team is a crucial factor in your bid to win.
1. Shows your rider’s fitness during the season and his fatigue level.

2. You can add objectives for your rider here. All the races are shown and you can select them according to their prestige and their value to your rider.

3. Here you will see the races set as objectives for this rider. You can define the priority of each objective (main or secondary) to influence the rider’s fitness and to keep him as satisfied as possible.
1. Shows your rider’s fitness during the season and his fatigue level.

2. You can add objectives for your rider here. All the races are shown and you can select them according to their prestige and their value to your rider.

3. Here you will see the races set as objectives for this rider. You can define the priority of each objective (main or secondary) to influence the rider’s fitness and to keep him as satisfied as possible.
4. Here you will see the attitude of your rider to the objectives you have set him. If he isn’t totally satisfied, the reason will be shown next to this gauge.

It is important to keep your riders happy and satisfied with their objectives and training programmes, because a happy rider will perform much better.

You must try to bring your riders to the peak of their fitness levels to achieve their main objectives. When you change your riders’ objectives, make sure they still satisfy the objectives set by your sponsor. Please consult the "Sponsors" section for more details.

The selection of objectives also influences the mood of your riders. Assigning appropriate roles to your riders is more difficult that it may appear, and an unhappy rider will train less effectively and will not perform as well during a race. Try to enter your riders into races that feature in their objectives and congratulate them if you want to keep them happy!
Fitness
You must learn how to manage your riders’ fitness to maximum effect throughout the season and during the stage races.
The Fitness aspect has been redesigned in Pro Cycling Manager 2013 and the riders are assessed on 4 criteria:

1) Fitness that represents their performance level.
2) Fatigue. This must stay at a minimum level for as long as possible to enable the rider to perform effectively. Your role in keeping it low is to ensure you set a reasonable number of objectives. A rider who is preparing for an objective will undergo a particularly arduous training programme and, if you demand too much of him, fatigue will slowly accumulate until the rider’s fitness level is reduced.

3) Pace. This is acquired by participating in races. An excellent level of fitness level is not ideal if you haven’t competed in training races before attempting an objective. Early on in the season you need more races to achieve excellent pace, but you only need a few days of racing during the year for the level of pace to return. Pace is not lost overnight; for example, an event that finishes 1 week before an objective is perfect training for pace and a competition that finished a few weeks previously will still have a minor impact.

4) Freshness. This is a parameter that changes daily and which is crucial in stage races. Effort has a direct influence on freshness, and performing a series of breakaways will have a significant effect on your rider’s freshness. You should also try to reach a high level of freshness before an objective.

You can view the changes in fitness, fatigue and pace in the "Squad" screen in the "Fitness" item. The arrow indicates any improvement or decline in the rider's level in the previous 7 days.
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.
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.

Scouts are crucial for spotting young talent and signing them to your team. Consider carefully which region you want to send them to. A scout must remain in the same place for a period of time to become familiar with it and to find the perfect rider; some regions may also have a greater concentration of talent than others. Note: the AI also employs scouts and may sign a rider you are keen on! Sponsor young, promising riders to increase the chances of signing them to your team at a later date.
Training schedule
You must manage the training programmes of all your riders to help them progress in the area you want to focus on. The Team>Squad menu shows the list of riders on your team (or other teams). You can also see your riders’ statistics here (specialisation, fitness, morale, etc.).

Click on a rider’s name to view his information sheet. This comprises 4 sections – Career, Rider information, Season and Training, and you can click the button on the top right of the rider information sheet to change section.

To view or change your riders’ training programmes, go to the Training section, where you can assign a training type and schedule for the year and a trainer (you can have several trainers). Make sure you choose the right training programme for each rider in your team to ensure your sponsor’s objectives match the composition of your team and therefore the rider’s specialisation, preferences and fitness and the races in which you want him to compete, etc.
1. You can use this button to access the various sections: Season, Training, Career and Rider information as well as all the relevant data.
2. Indicates your rider’s current fitness, pace, fatigue level and satisfaction.
3. Displays the entire season with the anticipated peaks of fitness and events (races) associated with it.
4. Displays your rider’s characteristics.
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