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[PCT] Nordstrom - BioWare - Vancouver Review!
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The Intern's Perspective Part 3: Transfer Hot-Take


Was the boss on drugs for the entire transfer season? This question was one that I was trying to figure out after the transfer season ended. Well he was never a transfer wizard, much less a guy worthy of PCT movements, but at least he was ambitious during the planning sessions, right? Right? At this point I am fearing for my job come the end of the season, which CT team has the money some lousy intern? One thing was sure, boss, was definitely not in a good mood for most of the transfer season. From a shortlist, including Lutsenko, is crowdfunding really enough for his wage bill over at Reddit? Dude’s a millionaire afterall, can’t wait for the triggered reddit users complaining when he pulls up in a Lambo for the Monte Carlo F1 GP after being beaten to pieces by Kinoshita. Warbasse was another rider on our shortlist, was also a tough deal for a while but, hey we we’re basically a rich CT team that had to fill out extra spots with much of the same budget it would seem. We got outbid by the Andorra project, a CT team, A CT TEAM! Its bad, huh, really bad. But think about how bad it actually is: had we not lost the bid war on Warbasse we wouldn’t have had to pay DLC just shy of 400k, just imagine what 250k more could do for this team! We also lost one of our main targets in Lawson Craddock to a CT team putting up more money, and PCT team had too MUCH cap going into transfers, right, right?

Even though my boss isn’t the most competent manager out there, I guess its not his fault that the actually good stage racers were super inflated this year. Meintjes on 700k+ REALLY? He decided to work on his acceleration and suddenly he is top target for so many managers that he is so inflated you could properly put him above a basket and light a fire and use him as a hot air balloon to spectate some of the mountain adventures DLC will be failing this year. I will not go further in-depth on the planning because it all went to shit. But hey at least we got a vast surplus of riders who are capable in the hills. And Villella and Pichon are actual good signings. If I am still here I will lead what’s gonna be known as the great CT purge when we relegate this year. Its not even a debate, maybe the boss has some budget left to hire Fall Out Boys because Sugar, we’re going down this year, and I would like a nice Christmas Party to drown my sorrows in and say thanks for the memories to the boys.
Intern out, goals up next whenever my schedule isn’t filled with pushing self-deprecating memes to our social media.

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It looks like your rookie manager was told to sign puncheurs but no one explicity told him that a certain limit of puncheurs in the team shouldn't be surpassed Pfft
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whitejersey
Aquarius97 wrote:
It looks like your rookie manager was told to sign puncheurs but no one explicity told him that a certain limit of puncheurs in the team shouldn't be surpassed Pfft


Yeah not sure where it all went wrong Pfft
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Please continue these pieces :lol:

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The Intern's Perspective Part 4: Nordstrom & BioWare to pull out?


It has been a busy season here in the office. My role as intern has transitioned into a full time position with the team starting next season. However it has not been a great season for us, and already fairly early on, it became quite clear that Nordstrom didn't seem to be impressed by our performances. With the CEO having messed up in all parts of silly season, Nordstrom made it clear that they would very much consider exercising a clause in their contract that wuld allow them to cut off funding to them before the agreement was to come to an end. This obviously put a lot of uncertainty into our division, our funding was very much in the balance and we did not know when we would have an agreement in place or if we would have to change up our focus entirely for next season.

However just before the start of Tour of Britain, Nordstrom's liaison came to us and announced that the Nordstrom brand wanted to say thank you for the two years with WJSM, but they would not be a part of the next season with the team, regardless of we somehow still were a PCT-team. This was obviously hard to take for us, because we moved our offices to the US just before the season started. The CEO was very upset and started yelling, he also started throwing shit around the office, because this was his fault to an extent, he had not performed, and he knew that it would be very hard to him to find a new sponsor on the same level as Nordstrom.

I ended up calling BioWare to figure out where we standing with them, and we got the same message from BioWare, who simply said that they had not gotten anything from the partnership and would like to by mutual agreement, call it quits after the season, to which we agreed.

We sat in darkness in this office that night, with a sense of helplessness and no idea what to do. It was time to find new sponsors, we were not going to close any doors, everything was on the table.

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The mention of having just moved to the US makes me think you want to move elsewhere for the next season. With an international squad like yours there are quite a few directions possible. Canadian and britain are the first thoughts but i wouldnt want to rule anything out...

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Hopefully a new era also means better results for you!
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whitejersey
knockout wrote:
The mention of having just moved to the US makes me think you want to move elsewhere for the next season. With an international squad like yours there are quite a few directions possible. Canadian and britain are the first thoughts but i wouldnt want to rule anything out...


You will have to wait and see, which direction the team is going, the next Intern's Perspective will have the answer, so stay tuned!

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Hopefully a new era also means better results for you!


A man can dream! If we by some miracle stay up, there will be even more work to do!
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The Intern's Perspective Part 5: Entertainment in the suite?


A few days passed and various possible sponsors were contacted. Not all of them were too keen. Loads of massive Canadian companies were contacted, some of them showed interest too, but they were not willing to put up the necessary funds to run a cycling team.

The CEO went around screaming in the office quite a few times over those weeks 'AFTER ALL WE HAVE DONE FOR CANADIAN CYCLING THE LEAST YOU GUYS CAN DO IS TO BLOODY GIVE ME SOME FREAKING MONEY TO RUN MY TEAM."

I am not quite sure if he understood that people are more likely to give you money if you do a good job, and ehm, despite DLC's top 10 finish at Volta a Portugal, giving him 400k~ was not the kind off business management they would want to fund.

These days were hard for him, having to face the possibility of having to move back home closer to his parents. He looked startled by it even being an option, I felt kinda bad for him. But despite the night being long and full of terrors, our watch had just begun.

The following week after we actually had two combined offers on the table, one of them was a Russian-Nordic combination. They showed a lot of interest in the current Russian portofolio of cyclists on the current roster, however due to insecurities about where any of the cyclists were headed next year, they weren't willing to put up a guarantee and proof of payment, unless we fully committed to going all out on CIS riders and letting the rest of our cyclists go.

However the second offer was much more interesting, and while it would force the CEO to move back home, it was the best offer on the table, and to be honest; with his track record, he was forced to go with it. And honestly it wasn't bad. The manager had been looking to move into a broader, but more specific, pool of riders to generate a more homogeneous team, with more talent to avoid more transfer windows like the last one, where there was no clear transfer strategy.

A part of this will also mean a harder renewal line being taken, and with a shift in sponsorship, no one on the team are guaranteed a spot on the roster next year. Regardless of the out come of the season we will need some younger blood.

Speaking of younger blood, as some of you may have noted my new position. From the next season, starting transfers, I will no longer be just a simple intern, but will move to general head of strategy of WJSM's cycling project.

We're looking forward to providing all you night owls with great entertainment in your suites!



If anyone of you can guess the two new sponsor for the next season, I am gonna be very impressed.
Edited by whitejersey on 01-07-2019 22:25
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The Intern's Perspective #6: First 2019 Sponsor:


With a rankings update being released by the MGUCI, it looked dark. The relegation to CT, looked all but secure at that moment, obviously there was still time for a divine intervention to hit and save us.Obviously nothing would be set in stone due to disbandments, but looking at the way we were placed at that time that everything had to go our way. Something that was on the up was that we penned both of the next season's main sponsors and we were able to announce the first one. This also meant that we had some ideas behind how our setup would look for the coming season in terms of where we were going to be based out of.

Our main partner for the upcoming season was going to be Nordic Entertainment Group. A partner who allows us to spread across various regions since they cover all of the Nordic countries in Europe(Scandinavia and Finland), as well as the United Kingdom. The target group was to be dependent on what teams had to offload riders within those focus areas.

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We were beyond pleased having a broadcast company of this size backing us up and with a second sponsor being within the wingspang, who would allow us to stick to our Canadian roots the the future was looking up.

Edited by whitejersey on 07-07-2019 18:43
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Vien
Some good jersey options you got with that logo Pfft
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whitejersey
Vien wrote:
Some good jersey options you got with that logo Pfft


Most definitely! Just wait until you see the second sponsor, then it is going to be even more interesting!
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The Intern's Perspective #7: TheYearofTheHoot:


Following the announcement of the sponsorship with Nordic Entertainment Group, there was still one more sponsor who we needed to announce. It was important for the boss to ensure that WJSM's cycling project still maintained the Canadian connection which we had created over the past two seasons, especially given the strong results from Boivin this past season, if only we had had more of those performances from some of the overpaid primadonnas on the team, looking at you GVK, we might still be able to call ourselves a PCT outfit.

When the boss came to me with joy and said that he finally found a Canadian company that was willing to sponsor us even after we failed to nail 4/5 season goals, with Tour Du Maroc still to be raced, I was honestly quite amazed. When he showed me which company it was, I was both amazed and scared a bit? Are we going to have bloody OWL on our jerseys next year?

On the other hand my social media meme skills were starting to put my mind at work. #HootHoot #FearTheHoot #YearOfTheHoot #HootliHoot(This one makes more sense for the Danes in the MG), one thing was sure our final main partner for 2019 was going to be Hootsuite.

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The Alex Vlasov Special: Time Trialist or Stage Racer?



The intern has taken the day off, and we're going to be using a more professional tone for this piece.

During the 2018 transfer season we signed the young Russian talent Alexander Vlasov. At first look we got a decent TT'er for 50k, which was interesting, but the he is XP 1.00, which is a first for the team. So let's take a look at talent development alá WJSM:

This is Vlasov's current set of stats for the 2018 season:

Alexander Vlasov 1.00 22yo €50.000
Fl Mo Hi TT St Rs Rc Co Sp Ac Fi DH Pr
71686770716671556468697472


Obviously not a top tier talent by any means, which is why we got him for 50k and no other teams were in for him, but he is definetely a rider who can contest for CT captaincy in the future or play an important role in a GT with a TTT. Lets now move onto the pure time trialist edition of Vlasov, come max XP.

Alexander Vlasov 4.100 26yo €XX.XXX
Fl Mo Hi TT St Rs Rc Co Sp Ac Fi DH Pr
78697077767376556468747477


The standout stats here are obviously the 78 FL, making him a strong rider for a sprinter team as well as helping him on the very flat TTs. Obviously not as strong as some of the top tier CT timetrialiers like Kai Reus and Tony Martin, but overall a very nice rider who would ensure points being scored on his own and who might be able to snatch a win here or there, when the strongest competitors would skip out. Also an absolute beast in TTTs.

Lets move into the other though experiment which is stage racer Vlasov:

Alexander Vlasov 4.100 26yo €XX.XXX
Fl Mo Hi TT St Rs Rc Co Sp Ac Fi DH Pr
72757277767178556469707477


Taking a massive hit to FL, this option grants extra Rc, Mo and Hi as the main gains, making him an interesting option for GC pushing GT teams as well as an interesting rider to ride in some smaller CT stage races where he could contest for stage wins on the TT and not get thrown off completely in the mountains and maintain a decent GC position. This variant of Vlasov can be made differently by mixing and matching across, and could include some track TT to add extra accelaration to his kit, this would however come at a cost of Hi and Mo, which then would end up not being worth it.


Regardless the most important thing for us is that we in Vlasov, have a secured ourselves a rider who is useful at whatever level of racing that we end up at in the future.
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The Intern’s Perspective part 8: Tour of Vancouver!


With the season being done and new sponsors secured, it is time to take a look at the goals we set ourselves this season. First we took to the home grounds of Vancouver, Canada, in a race where, outside of a few decent moments from DLC, looked like a team that tried to do their best impression of Homer fleeing to Canada in Simpsons The Movie and not accomplishing anything. But hey at least we raced there right!

A non-spectacular result on the initial stage for DLC was not what we were searching for and this would start a spiral of mediocrity.
Top 10 results on stage 2&3 for Jan Hopman in the sprint were something to behold, but would not get us anywhere close to achieving our goal at the race.
Queue stage 4 where we hit the first real mountain stage and while DLC pulled out an expected 9th place finish he couldn’t sit with the climbers needed to generate the needed top 5 GC placement. With his result on the stage he move himself into a respectable 9th place in the GC.

Stage 5 saw a bit of light shine through as Jan Hopman somehow managed to sprint to a top 5 finish on the stage. Nothing else to talk about here but it was all about the upcoming stages.
Stage 6 was another mountain stage with a finish on the top of a mountain. We saw Peterson join the early break but gaining nothing of worth from it, DLC just was just not able to hold on to favourites and would see himself drop down to 12th in the GC with a 13th place finish on the stage. This was not great going into the TTT where my expectations were not high. The pickup of Kristjan “Duracell” Durasek was obviously a massive help here, but having to go up against teams like Reddit & Generali, I wasn’t expecting a lot.

It was looking good for a while where we actually was second place for a bit but in the end it didn’t even matter, as DLC finished 12th 3 minutes down on the 5th place where he should have been.
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