Take on the role of manager and lead one of the pro cycling circuit's 75 teams. Join an outstanding 2014 season with more than 200 competitions across 550 stages including the prestigious Tour de France.
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Release Date: Jun 19, 2014
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Take on the role of manager and lead one of the pro cycling circuit's 75 teams. Join an outstanding 2014 season with more than 200 competitions across 550 stages including the prestigious Tour de France.

Manage your pro team and plan your season, including recruitment, contracts, sponsorship and training! Choose the best strategy to win during races.

Enhanced graphics, new management features out of the race (equipment R&D, financial management and improved relationships with sponsors), a dynamic transfer market, realistic injuries system, a whole new intuitive interface and richer racing gameplay (consecutive orders, race tactics) are on the menu of this ultra-complete 2014 edition!

In solo, or in multiplayer played with managers around the world, Pro Cycling Manager will delight all cycling and sports simulations lovers.

System Requirements

    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
147.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I have enjoyed the sport of cycling since I was a little kid, so when I saw this game I was really excited, but after playing this game for a while, I have come across so many issues i just cant recommend it to anyone. Here is a fairly detailed list of major issues I personaly have with the game.

1. It crashes a lot, I cant click on anyting during the loading screen or it will crash for sure. Nothing I care about much though.

2. This Issue hurts me deep inside the most. When ever you tell a rider to accelerate, if he is stuck behind someone, his energy stats will start going down(like what is suppose to happen if he is free to accelerate), but he wont be going any faster. So you are going the same pace as ther person next to you, but using up all your energy.

3. One small issues is you cant sim the rest of the race once all of your people are done, and many when there is an early mountain there are many stragglers and it takes forever for the stage to end. The worst offender I have found is a rider named Schwarzman.

4. During Sprints for the finish, you can only exactly set up your people the last coupel of K's to go. In real cycling they spend many more K's organizing themselves. This will many times lead to losing some leadout men or wear them out unnessarly. Between this and people blocking themselves in sprinting seems to have a lot of luck to it.

5. Breakaways. if you try to personaly chase a breakaway down at the beginning of the game it is nearly impossible at some points even though its your entire 8 person team hunting down 2 people. I understand It should tire them out a bit, but it doesnt feel right at all. Once your in a break away sometimes its peaceful and everything seems somewhat normal. But other times the riders your with in the break will just keep attacking until your rider (who could even have way better stats then everyone else) gets too tired to do anything. This is either on or off, they either cooperate (which happens every time if your not in the break) or selfdestruct. The biggest issue i have is teams that have people in the break, chasing the break down by sending riders to the front of the peleton. It doesnt make sense and seems like something easy to code and fix.

6. The game mechanics at time make me want to pull my hair out. I understand you probably dont want to be able to tell exactly where your riders should be at all times, but many times its just impossible to even keep them in the general area. If a rider from another team(or your own team) decides to slow down right in front of you and your unlucky, you could have just lost 30 positions and have just blown the stage. In real life many riders swing off to the side so they dont get in the way of other people, in this game they just screw over 3 or 4 people every time they slow down. Its impossible to follow an attack and draft even a little bit. You just have to spen the same energy they did most of the time no matter what you do. The energy gel is stupid. It is a one time item each of your riders have and after a delay they ride better for a minute or so. In real life riders are constantly eating and the feature really doesnt feel fun to do and does not feel rewarding. They need to add feeding stations on the top of mountains near the end of the stages that have them.

7. I disprove of most of the career mode features. They way sponcers tell you what races to focus on and base your results only on what they are looking for. You might be able to change these but i havent seem an option. Its complicated and unengaging. Training sucks. You train to basicly improve your stats temperarly, or so that you have less likely of a chance your riders wont get a massive penelty (random numbers appear next to your riders in the race, and if it happens to be negative they will not do well at all) during key races, which in its self i consider a stupid feature because most all riders during key races rarly have a bad day, and they dont spend that many days training in those specific location. (also doesnt take into consideration you trained there last year, a real rider would not forget everything). The equipment is what i have the least to complain about, but for the most part you get what you get, and the computer auto assings the best combo of grear most times, so there isnt much to do, its just there. I most enjoy picking my scheduel, which when you do there are a few unique multi stage races, and then the rest are single stage races that have reused maps, so your doing the same races multiple times in one season. Most of the decision making is already done for you and its usualy on par, but if you want to make sure your riders are peaking at the right time and doing it correctly, it is near impossible without writing a multiple pages in a notebook to keep track of everything and make an informed decision. The major theme of the career mode features is complicated in the wrong ways, already done most likely better then you can set up, doesnt translate over to what happens in real life at all, ... sucks....

8. It seems like they made the maps and graphics to look good in certain screens shots, but in actual game if your paying attention they are not that great.

9. The online part of this game is a joke. I have personaly found it unplayable, harsh penelties for leaving/crashing out of a game, and best of all its pay to win...

10. Alright, so we have an incomplete game. That means they are going to patch atleast some of the problems right? No. It seems they only make updates so that the game will run on any system they claim it will work on, and thats it. Instead of making real patches, they just push all their updates to the next game that you have to buy all over again, and unless you wait 6 months your paying AAA price. And in order to sell the new game, they need a bunch of new features to adverise so they make money, so they do that instead of fixing all the problems everyone actually cares about. I have not found a good/complete guide or tutorial for this game that doesnt just highlight the new crappy features.

honestly I would rather have the game play out like this. The first half of the race is simed. You can tell your riders weither they should try and get in a breakaway (possibly make a skill out of this. The higher your breakaway skill is the more likely you will be in it). Then post a list of the riders in the break away. then say how much your team should work on the front or how close you want the break away to be when your done siming. Then start the race half way through. This is just one of my ideas(not even that fleshed out), Also something they will never do. Just an idea...

A bag game engine, terrible AI, stupid career mode features, bugs, crashes, alright? graphics. Thats about it. Sadly if your anything like me you love the idea way too much so you buy it regarless and play this game way too much...

On the PCM website you can see the neglect for the game. All the dev blog posts are before or right around the launch of the game, the nothing. Nothing of FB or Twitter. After looking around a bit, it just feels dead. Littel initial thought followed by nothing.

Please tell these people to hire me as an intern so someone making the game will know how cycling really works and atleast try and fix the game breaking problems. I looked to apply but could not find where to submit an application(i didnt look to hard though, so i could be wrong). If I had a few years to waste and all the art done I would totally make a similar game on my own.

If someone knows a way for my voice to really be heard by the people making this game, let me know please.
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198 of 217 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
133.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
From my hours count you can see how I actually love this game (and I bought 12 and 13 versions...).

And this is really sad for me to say this: DON'T BUY THIS GAME.

Or don't buy it again...

The problem isn't if this is the best cycling simulation game (for what it's worth, it's also the only...), but if this game is worth is price.

The answer is NO.

For the last 4 years the game is remaneid actually pretty the same: some new graphic, some new features and some solved bugs.

And today?
- The new features are often broken or bugged, you often have to buy the NEW YEAR version to have them working, because the patches are often very modest and don't change much of the gameplay.
- The sim engine (3D race and fast sim, there was only a most advanced fast sim, and this was so bugged they decided to remove it rather than improve it...) hasn't changed a lot, quality talking. Same bug, and some modest new features.
- The game engine is the ALWAYS THE SAME, and have the same bugs.

Bugs? During season preparation, I usually go forward and save every 2 or 3 minutes, because, the game crash.
How often it crash?
During a season?
From 20 to 40 times.

I'm not kidding, and I'm talking of TOTAL CRASHES.

This is frankly unacceptable, in my opinion.
And all the three last games of this series crashes for the same bugs.
They've never be addressed.

Now, as I said, I really like this game, I will continue to play it, but no, I WILL NOT BUY THE NEXT YEAR VERSION.

Because it's pointless, I don't pay 4 times a bunch of euros (many, because this is sold like a AAA game) for have ALWAYS THE SAME STUPID PROBLEMS AND NOTHING NEW.

Be aware...
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144 of 174 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Improved since last year? Ohh yes :D

- The menus are much better now.
- Riders orders in races have improved alot.
- You can even set the riders to auto so they follow a strategy that you can setup before and under the race. (sprint for mountain/sprints/stage victory or defend leaders jersey etc.)
- Realistic equiptment sponsors thats allow you to determin the R&D in their frame and wheels!! Riding them in races will speed up the testing process, like in real life :D
- Price money is back in a minor scale.

Generally I have the last couple of year been alittle disapointed in the improvements of PCM and the pricing for that upgrade wasnt worth it, but I can tell you, this year it is.

You have done a great job this year Cyanside! :-)


Note: The general gameplay is much as you know it, but I think all the small improvements they made in this years edition, makes it proberly one of the most realistic and best PCM I have ever played..

Note: Played them all :-)

UPDATED 28/6 2014 ----------------------------- BELOW ----------------------------------

Now the time have come to liste some of the bad stuff I have experienced lately.
- Click on rider with the mouse in races, does not always work. Sometimes you have to use the keyboard back/forward key or use multiple clicks around, before it works..
- Making a train with your sprinter in the last position, is a pain in the ♥♥♥. Its always the sprinter that gets dropped and none of the other riders in the train.. Wierd..
- No more race-reports after a simulated race. Did the riders do, what I ordered them too? I have no idea.. Only a result list to look at.
- Few rider crashes. No point in keeping your leader in the front of the pack, if mass crashes never happens/exits.

Now some good stuff.
- Stable game. Only got a failure a couple of time when loading a stage.. Nothing serius, as the game was loaded back in no time and game remembered the line-up for the race. (Remember to update drivers)
- Breakaways have a fair chance of getting a stage win.

As I wrote in the "first review", I still recommend the 2014 edition of PCM, but I must change the rating to 8/10 untill the "mouse clicking" / "sprinter train" mentioned above is fixed, hopefully in a patch in the near future.
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97 of 132 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Making an update to the review since I've been able to play the game more and see more details.

Below are my general feelings about the game.

* Graphics are improved and quite good.
* Gameplay is nice.
* Different skill levels to make it easier for casual gamers.

* Game crashes alot (Like around every second race - this is also reported by others)
* Major bug at August 2015 which makes the game crash. According to developer this means you have to start a new career once the bug fix is implemented in order to proceed. The bug fix has not been implemented yet( Ref: http://www.cyanide-studio.com/forumPCM/viewtopic.php?f=123&t=16550)
* The loading of races are really slow, even on quite decent computers.
* The sorting of players lacks several options to find the correct riders. For example tring to find the best riders without a contract at a certain age is from what I see really difficult to do.
* A bit difficult to find things like training, training progress etc until you are used to the game.
* For the games current state and in general, 39.99 EUR is very expensive.

Minor negative things:
* If you change screen resolution you have to manually exit the game, and then start up. Quite annoying when trying to find the correct resolution as this takes alot of time.
* The change of volume from minimum to maximum is done by holding down a minus button for a long long long time. This must be done for each of the 3 volume options from 100-0. It does not speed up while holding down the button. Instead of adding a slider and a mute button, it's only possible by holding down these buttons 1 by 1.

I'de recommend the game if you are a hardcore cycling fan and can survive crashes and some annoyence. However if you haven't played any of the games before it might be worthwhile first to buy an earlier patched up version. In it's current state the game now is not in my opinion all completed. Still it's great fun to play the game when it's working. It might be worthwhile to buy an older cheaper version first to see if you like the game before you pay 39.99 EUR.
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45 of 59 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
439.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
in its current state (version, it is not worth buying. ive only had a few hours of playtime, had several crashes, and have run into multiple bugs, one of them being that im completely locked out of multiplayer.
asking for support on their official forums if you dont speak french is also a completely pointless pursuit, since their staff does not speak enough english to provide assistance. case in point, i was told to "Please send your PCM14 to the technical support for investigation: support[at]focus-home.com", i still havent figured out if they want me to send them the client files, or whatever. on top of that, i was told this by a staffmember in their own technical support forums, which is where you're supposed to go for technical support.
there's several other gamebreaking issues i havent run into yet since i havent kept the game from crashing long enough.
buyer beware, do not buy this game yet, unless you really love cycling, and for everyone else. check the latest patch, if it hasnt been updated from its unplayable.
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53 of 75 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
I haven't played this series since PCM 2009, while I hardly remember some of the features from PCM2009, I can say with confidence that PCM 2014 has a few items that can draw the player into the game - but there are other items that will draw you away. For one let's highlight the positive mechanics that I found in the game:

Beautiful graphics
Relatively clean interface and menu
Somewhat of a comprehensive tutorial
Great in game commands
R&D feature was a step in the right direction

Some negatives:

Cluttered inbox, you'll get mail from a bunch of miscellaneous events that don't impact or pretain to your current game which I would just simply classify as spam
(Something minor which can be easily fixed by zero'ing off the "announcer/commentator under sound options) But the announcer sounds cheesy as hell, I don't even think ESPN announcers sound that bad.
If you haven't played PCM before, the tutorial might not be enough to properly introduce the game to you. There are many screens on the UI (not as bad as football manager!), it wil take some time to get used to it all.
A few minor graphical glitches during the race that don't impact the quality of the game (cars driving through the race formation, racers "ghosting" through each other)

It's hard to say what exactly needs patching as of right now, my first race was fine and I didn't encounter anything wild that needs to be addressed immediately. I would recommend this game to someone who is interested in cycling or management of cycling teams. would buy again 10/10.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Does it worth 40 euros ?


Usually i don't get emotional and write comments, reviews , etc... this is my first review.
But this game is a mess. And it's 40 euros.


1. It crashes . A lot : in menus , or before the 3D race, or... after the race. Take a pick.

2. Where is the SAVE button ?!? Because i think i need it , when the game is randomly crashing in menus / career mode. I've spend 45 minutes setting my team races , traing , etc... and boom . Crash to desktop. Did it save ? Well .. not everything. Do it again. Crash to desktop , in menus. Do it again. I have started a career 3 hours ago, and i didnt play one 3D race. NOT a single one, because i keep setting up stuff that gets lost during crashes.

3. Menus / Lists / Relational Lists : NOT user friendly. Do you want to see one rider objectives related to the squad objectives and/or sponsors objectives? Well...you can't ! Write it down, use a paper and a pen... or do a print screen , etc.
Do you want to set a sponsor objective to a specific rider , because you know...training depends on objectives...well, look it up in a drop down list. What's that race name ? You wrote it down , yes ?! Good... because the drop down list has some other filters, sucker ! Like UCI codes. What code does this race have ? You didnt write it down ?! Go back...

And more , and more like this.

IMHO , do not buy this game until it is properly patched and with UI redesigned . Go have some fun with 40 euros , dont buy this mess

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34 of 52 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Here are the people who would like this game: those who adore European cycling industry and have a favorite rider and those who enjoy large-scale, ultri-micromanagement spreadsheet games.

This is like Madden's franchise mode... on crack.

Compared to last year, so far I've noticed that the problems with buildings spawning on roads seem to be resolved. Also, the graphical user interface has been upgraded, though sometimes the words end up hidden behind the buttons.

I really wish this game had multiple simulators -- a lightweight, a middleweight, and this heavyweight version. I have little interest in R&D and appeasing sponsors on a daily basis.

This is a simulation game where every day takes 10-15 minutes to check all the numbers and then move on to the next day. But all told, I still like it. But then again, I'm a big ol' nerd.
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27 of 43 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
At the current state I can't recommend this game, because it is full of bugs. When you go to play it as a management game, there are many points in the game which don't work properly. It seems that it is just developed and never been tested before. I played only two full seasons and came to a point where it was impossible to go on, because of a bug.

I had something to submit which was impossible to submit (endless loop with no way out). And I'm not the kind of person who stops playing as the first bug occurs. There were many before (small and big ones) and I went on playing.

I hope the next patches (if some come) will bring solutions and maybe the game is worth its money. Especially on Steam are so many alpha and pre alpha games which have far less bugs than this piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
204.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
Do NOT buy this game if you hate starting all over again and again.

This game crashes a LOT. That is not a problem BC it has a autosave function. Well. Guess again. You cannot save yourself and if the game crashes during a day shift, you loose your autosave, so you need to start all over again.

The game itself is great. It's a good game with nice graphics, but as long as it crashes and looses the autosave, then it is not worth buying. Wait for a fix!
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
broken as broken can be. should not be allowed to sell this game as a finished product. Steam should take an act on this...
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
171.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Dear Forum readers and/or Developers,

I'm going to be very honest here:
- You brought another patch today, making clear that the follow problems in sprint are working now. They don't.
- You tell me the loading screens ar easier now. No, they aren't easier. The loading takes the same amount of time.
- You tell me the retired riders are not signing new contracts? Why does mister Jens Voigt sign a new contract when he's on retiring then?

Every patch you make, makes the game worse. The sentence a lot of people used while talking to me:

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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
I have been (trying to...) playing this game for a few weeks but this is hardly possible. It continuously stops, over and over again. It always asks to sent information to Cyanide after is stops, but I can't imagine Cyanide uses this info. This game is known for this problem since several years.

Though cycling is becoming more popular over the years (again) there should be market space for a good cycling game. To my opinion Cyanide need some competition and a close look at succesfull games like Football Manager.

This isn't worth your money !
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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
220.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
I feel PCM has grown quite a lot since the original game, and I especially feel like this latest version has made leaps in terms of sponsors and equipment. The only problem is still the lack of change over the years, the stages and races should not be the same each year, in my opinion.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Only for hardcore cycling fans. In general, I'm a fan of management games like Football Manager and OOTP Baseball. But this game doesn't make it easy to learn the game or the sport. The graphics look nice, I haven't had any crashes, there are loading screens but they aren't that slow, and the 3D races make it somewhat interesting. But... spending hours and hours racing in a sport and game I don't understand is not fun.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
Release is still bugged as hell ( I believe it took 1-2 months to shoot out nasty ones.
Changes is nice comparing PCM 2013.
Without alternative still the best cycling video game.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
game crashes way to often, really irritating and kind of takes the fun out of an otherwise great game
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Extremely disappointing clone of 2013.
There are so many great things hidden in there, but accesiblity and enjoyment are not among them.
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Before my actual review of the game, I would like to tell you about my background of the Pro Cycling Manager series. I started playing the game in 2004, with the release of Cycling Manager 4, a game that I still often return too. I have played everygame in the series, and have often been dissappointed, by the improvements in the yearly releases.

This year is different though, and i'll tell you why:

The interface has been the same in the PCM series ever since I can remember, and even though the main menu in career mode, is basically the same. The prerace loading menu, has improved dramatically. Instead of showing you pointless information, they now give you a great overview of the main riders of every team, together with a list of the biggest favorites for the stage win. Massive improvement, probably the biggest.

I honestly don't care about the graphics that much, the graphics are what you expect from a game like this. Small improvements every year, but no revolution in graphics is to be expected.

The worst part about this game, and the most important part. Compared to previous editions I actually feel like there have been some massive improvements in the AI-field. Still getting in a breakway with a good rider, even though he is really far down in the overall-GC, is still practically impossible. I don't know if they consider him a threat for the GC. because of his stats, or if they are scared of losing the stage win.

My major annoyance with the game is the fact the counterattacking 9 times out of 10, doesn't seem to work.

Shortly: You are most likely only looking for this game, if you are a big fan of professional cycling (or if you are looking to buy a "joke" game to your friend). I would definetly recommend this game as despite of the great amount of bugs, it is still a great game, and defintely worth a buy during a sale.

My LetsPlay series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-NKIKhWA5M&list=TL1LgeLlysvchxZHXshnptjgkvaExH4kkE
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11 of 23 people (48%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
141.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Having been an avid player of this series since 2004, I had to buy this one.
It has seen some big improvements on the 2013 iteration (especially the team name changes).
The 3d game mode hasn't really seen much of a improvment (though that doesn't really bother me).

Though, if you are not really a fan of cycling, this game will probably not intrest you.
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