PRO CYCLING MANAGER 2016 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
Once your team is put together, you must define the objectives of your main riders. You can change the objectives up until January 6th of each year. For this, go to "Team" then "Objectives" to view or edit the races targeted by your riders. The choice of these objectives determines the training programme, across the season, which will allow them to reach fitness peaks at the right time.

In the "General" section, you have a summary of the objectives of your main riders.

In the "Team-mates" section, you have the list of the team-mates of your main riders, that you can easily change by dragging-dropping the name of a team-mate from one line to another.

Team-mates adopt a training programme similar to that of the leader in order to be on form at the right time.

And it is in the sections dedicated to the main riders that you can change the objectives.
1. Your rider's wish list of objectives.

2. Here you can change the objectives for your rider. All races are present; choose them according to their prestige and the interest they represent for your rider. The gauge next to each objective will represent your rider's assessment of these objectives.

3. Shows the fitness of your rider across the season and his tiredness.

1. Your rider's wish list of objectives.

2. Here you can change the objectives for your rider. All races are present; choose them according to their prestige and the interest they represent for your rider. The gauge next to each objective will represent your rider's assessment of these objectives.

3. Shows the fitness of your rider across the season and his tiredness.

4. You see the races that are objectives for this rider and, on the right side, for your sponsors.

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.

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.
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' 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, etc.).

Click on a rider’s name to view his information sheet. This is divided into 5 sections: General, Season, Training, Evolution and Career.
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, etc.).

Click on a rider’s name to view his information sheet. This is divided into 5 sections: General, Season, Training, Evolution and Career.
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.

Riders and trainers also have affinities on training style (classic, state-of-the-art or ground-breaking); if they share the same style, training will be more effective.

1. The search bar allows you to quickly find a rider by entering his name.
2. Provides access to the different sections: General, Season, Training, Evolution and Career; with all resulting information.
3. Displays the entire season with the anticipated peaks of fitness and events (races) associated with it.
4. Displays your rider’s characteristics.
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.
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