"It's a world record; it's supposed to be hard." - Sarah Storey
Admin Applications Still Open
As announced last week, applications are still open to become an administrator on the website.
Given the departure of two admins, we are currently considering whether there is need to appoint one or more new admins to help out with the site.
If you are interested in this position, please feel free to send a PM to SportingNonsense, explaining why you would make a good admin for the site, perhaps including ideas of how you would aim to contribute. - written by SN
New Patch Released
As covered on Wednesday Cyanide have released a new patch for PCM14. The big fixes were to online gameplay. Primarily this was fixing stability and crash issues, but aslo adding in custom tour and stage features as well as some Amada housekeeping.
On the single player side they added the ability to force your riders trajectory on the road. This opens up some great opportunities on windy stages and for avoiding those pesky blocking breaks. Cyandie also made changes to TTT AI to change their difficulty.
The final month continues to ratchet up the pressure across the game. The PT title fight refuses to be decided, same for the CT title. Both of those look set to go to the last day of racing. Similarly close for various relegation and promotion battles in all three divisions. Frankly almost anything can still happen.
This week has seen a spike in action off the road. The closing of the season has signalled a rush in Team HQ updates. New sponsors, old sponsors, new jerseys, stat changes and just general chit chat between managers. Worth reading for both existing managers and those hoping to join up in the future.
Story Games Summary
EPIC exploded! The TDU concluded with Katusha and Kristoff on top of the opening WT event. EBH and Sky sealed Qatar. Stybar reigned on the cobbles in KBK. Garate brokeaway to win in Marseillaise. Von Triesenburg brokeaway to win Strade Bianche. And then San Luis and Oman are mid-race as well. Tons and tons of action!
The ICL keeps up though. Cancellara won MSR after Paris-Nice and Vuelta Tachira concluded. Nibali, for Air China, won Tachira in style. Costa, for LA Aluminios, won Paris-Nice just ahead of teammate Velits. But there's always more racing to see in the ICL, very very active.
Thread of the Week
A close call this week. However a dramatic finish to IWS and Dekkers Hour attempt almost were considered for the top sport. The Cycling News thread has been buzzing, not for exactly the right reasons, also coming close. But it's Thread of the Week for the Belgium opening weekend 2015 thread, still to be very active tomorrow as well.