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

5) The calendar (deadlines and races) appears when you click on the in-game date. You can view the details of each event and, if you click on any given day, you can advance the game to this day. As the calendar advances you may encounter a "Some matters require your attention" message. You must immediately search for a message marked with a "!" in your inbox and resolve the issue before you can move forward. Any blue text in the manager screen is a link to the page concerned.

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

6) Your team jersey.

7) Your current bank balance and the state of sponsor confidence in you.

8) The number of unread messages in your inbox.

9) The next race and sponsor objective in days (d) or weeks (w).

Through the Messages page you interact with all phases of the game (race invitations, sponsors, rider contracts) so you should pay careful attention to this page as the season advances.
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.
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.
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.
  • Race calendar and registration
    After having defined your priorities with respect to sponsors, go to the Team>Schedule menu to display the list of races and registrations. You can navigate period by period for an overview of all the races you have or havenft registered for. Invitations can be requested or registrations cancelled by clicking the box opposite the race. Make sure you check the sponsor demands carefully before changing the team calendar.

    Here are the different states of a registration:
    Compulsory Registered Refused Wild Card requested Invitation requested Objective
    Compulsory Registered Refused Wild Card requested Invitation requested Objective
    Note: Underneath the table there is a deadline for changing race registrations for the period.

    Warning: If you have un-registered for a race, you will have to make any registration request again.
    rider schedules
    You can also manage individual rider schedules from the Riders tab on the Team>Schedule page. The interface is divided into two: an overview of the team schedule (upper section) and individual rider schedules (lower section). The colours of the bars represent the intensity of training at a given period, from red (low intensity) to green (high intensity). To assign a race to a rider, just drag and drop a race from the team schedule to the individual schedule. If you assign a race to the wrong rider by mistake, just right click on the race in their schedule to delete it.

    The number of riders registered/to be registered is shown in red to the right of the race name
    • 1) If you have registered fewer riders than the minimum required, the squad will be completed automatically on the day of the race.

    • 2) If you have registered the minimum number of riders required, the squad will be left as is.

    • 3) If you have registered more riders than are required, riders will be automatically removed from the squad on the day of the race.
    You can also create and filter the schedule by group of riders. To manage these groups, go to the "Group" tab and then click + or – on the bottom left of the screen to create or delete groups. You can then personalise the name of the group and assign an icon to identify it. Once you have created the group, simply drag and drop the group onto one of the riders to add him or right-click to remove him.

    Note: a rider can be in 3 groups simultaneously.

    Calendar, monitoring and training
    You control the career (and game) rhythm. You decide whether to pass through the days in the calendar more or less quickly, according to how you want to monitor your team and other matters.

    When you move quickly through the days (in the calendar bar), it is recommended that you keep an eye on your mail box, your financial situation. It is also important from time to time to check your team development via the detailed sheet in the Season section. In this way you ensure that your team is on top form for important events.
    In order to prepare your team well, increase the skill of your riders and ensure optimal fitness, you can consult and organize training camps. From time to time check the training camp in the Team>Training camp menu. Training camp let you prepare your team for races, increase their skill and have excellent fitness. Over the year, there are several different types of training camp with different characteristics. Itfs up to you to choose the right training camp at the right time, in accordance with your calendar. In particular training allows you to prepare your team for big events (major tours).

    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.
    Compete in a race
    Make sure you check the profile of the race as well as the intermediate and mountain sprint bonuses (that can be objectives set by one of your sponsors). Also take a look at the past winners to see who won the race in previous years.

    Register your riders to take part in the race. At the base of the table, you have the registration requirements.

    Make your choice depending on the profile of the race, the abilities, fitness and specialisation of your riders. And always remember the objectives to be completed.

    Also remember to decide on your equipment and race strategy. The latter can be changed at any time during the race in order to adapt to the situation.
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