PRO CYCLING MANAGER 2014 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 Tiredness 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 Tiredness 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 riders are assessed on 4 criteria:

1) Fitness that represents their performance level.
2) Tiredness. 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, Tiredness will slowly accumulate until the rider’s fitness level is reduced.

3) Rhythm.. This is gained by taking part in races. An excellent level of fitness is not ideal if the rider has not taken part in any preparation races before an objective. At the start of a season more races are required in order to reach the right rhythm, but during the season only a few days of racing are required for rhythm to return. Rhythm doesn't fall away from one day to the next. A race which finishes 1 week before an objective is perfect for rhythm, whereas a race which finishes several weeks before will still have a small impact.

4) Freshness. This is a parameter which changes from day to day and it is key during stage races. Effort has a direct repercussion on freshness and, for example, a succession of breakaways will impact heavily upon it. Make sure that your rider has an excellent level of freshness before an objective.

Moreover, an increase or decrease in the level of fitness, tiredness and rhythm compared to 7 days before, will be indicated by an arrow.

The change can be viewed in the relevant column of the Squad page.
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.

Infirmary
Sickness and injury are brought to the fore in 'Pro Cycling Manager 2014' 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.
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.
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, rhythm, Tiredness 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.
Scouting
Scouting enables you to find young riders for your team. You may hire a maximum of 6 scouts and each mission may take from a couple of weeks to a month and a half. It is therefore impossible to cover the whole globe. The greater the renown of a scout, the more reliable are his reports. However, occasionally the reliability of a report leaves something to be desired. Therefore you should not hesitate to send a second scout to check a region already visited by a colleague. You may sometimes receive contradictory advice.
Scouts can be sent into a variety of countries and regions with their destination being selected by clicking on a map of the world. The map can be moved by dragging it with a mouse or by using the arrows at the edges. Europe is displayed in greater detail than the rest of the world and you can zoom in or out by using the lens icon.
1) Place your cursor over a dot within a given zone to discover the type of rider profile to be found. If you click on the dot you activate the "Send" button.

2) Scout information: Shows current status of the scout. The wider his reputation, the more reliable are his reports. Moreover you can see his aptitudes for detecting a particular type of rider: Classics, Mountain, Sprint or Time Trial. The "Knowledge" bar is specific to each zone visited and the longer a scout spends in a given zone, the more the bar will grow. Moreover, the scout will have a small bonus if he is from region being visited. The longer the bar, the better the rider information gleaned. The longer a scout stays out of a region already visited the more his "Knowledge" will ebb away.

3) Click on the "Send" button (to which the name of the selected zone has been added) for the scout to begin his mission. The information on the region visited is posted beside his name.

Scouts

The Scout page shows you information on each of your scouts: Current mission, reports, his knowledge in a given region, etc. If you want to recall him from a mission click on the "Recall scout" button. Scouts stay on mission in a given zone until you recall them. They will constantly send back reports on individual riders they have looked at. These reports appear on the "Reports" tab.

Reports

A scout will send back regular reports on individual riders during a mission and you will have to check here regularly to see whom he has found. If the scout has visited several regions, you will have to use the right/left arrows at the top of the table to move between zones.

It is possible to view the individual data sheet of a rider by clicking on his name. As an untested young rider, his attribute values, preferences, etc will be unknown

At the base of the page there are two buttons: "Monitor" and "Sponsor".

The "Monitor" button allows you to assign a scout to check out a young rider. If the scout is still in the region where he first spotted the young rider, the monitoring will last as long as the scout does not change zone. This will allow him to hone his opinion on the rider's potential. At the end of the monitoring period the comment in the "Estimated Potential" column may change. However, this result is always tributary to the reputation of your scout. The "Monitor" column shows for how many days, if at all, the rider has been monitored.
If you do not wish to sign a rider immediately, but want to soften him up for a future approach you can offer him some help - equipment, training, financing (or all 3). This is done by clicking on the "Sponsor" button (also available on the young rider's personal data sheet). A small pop-up window then opens and you click on the sponsoring package of your choice. You will see his reply to your offer on your "Messages" page. You can wait till the end of the season before offering a contract. However, he may already be in contact with another team.
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