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Two new articles

Our two crew members, Alex153 and SportingNonsence, have worked on two new articles for you. SportingNonsence has given his look upon the upcoming Tour de France. He look at the different PT-teams and their chances of having success. In addition to that, he also guess at who will be given the different wildcards and a top-10 overall prediction.

Give it a read by clicking here.

Alex153's article will be a monthly tradition. Each month, Alex will write about the upcoming Pro Tour-races and give us an idea of what to expect. This month is quite long since we have seven PT-races.

Check it out here.

(Both articles can be found in "Off Topic-articles")

Weekly News #16

Hello and welcome to this week's news. I hope you all got through the "false" April-news and still have confidence in the news we bring ;)

The April Fools
As expected, we were not the only ones who tried to fool our visitors. All around the PCM / Cycling-communities people were "fooled" (some better than others). PPDB announced that they would release a 3-in-1 Diamond Database which would bring the Amateur 2006 Season, the professional road season and the 2006 cyclocross season into one database. That would be possible because of a new program which could switch between three databases. The DB would be released between 8 and 9 am. Sunday morning - and Sunday morning, it was announced that it all just was a joke ;)

Later that day, a forum member of PPDB, Mutabor, announced another april fools' joke. According to the joke he had managed to disassemble the code of PCM, making it possible to change PCM in all areas - f.e. by removing StarForce, extending the database, etc..

PCMNorge.com also tried to fool their members. According to the site owner Cyanide had invited all their fan sites to a meeting at Cyanide's head quaters. To the "trip" the sites could bring one of their active members if they wanted to. To be choosed for the trip you had to write a message to PCMNorge's owner and tell him why you should be the one to go.

One of the funniest - in my opinion, that is - was made by PCMBenelux who at their frontpage announced that they would change the forum design. When entering the forum you noticed that everything had changed into a pink, Valentine-alike design. That lasted for the entire day ;)

PCMGeeks.dk announced that they would release a 2007 "Titan" DB which would include 2500 riders and 150 teams, 150 new races and lots of new equipment. As with the PPDB-joke the DB was only going to be available between 17-18 pm.

The last one I managed to find was at the German website Cycling Manager.de. One of their members announced that the PCM 07-demo had been released and provided links for the demo. These links directed us to the PCM2-demo, though ;)

Finally Cyclingnews.com released a special edition of their news announcing that the 2009 tour prologue would be held in a shopping mall in Dubai, and would finish up an indoor ski slope. Among others they announced that Milan-San Remo would be extended t 400km and that Paris Roubaix will have an added points race. Click here  to read the full story.

The most popular DB is ...
Throughout last month we had a poll running about the DB you used. With 297 votes it was by far our most popular poll, and after PPDB Europe 2006 had been in the lead for a very long time the RSM News DB 1.3 finally overtook PPDB at the end and won. RSM News DB 1.3 is simply the most popular DB at PCM.daily currently. It took 25 % of the votes while PPDB Europe had to be content with 24 %.
A bit surprisingly PCMGeeks 07 took the 3rd place with 14 % of the votes. PCM-Spain's 2006 DB took 4th with 12 %. Also, it's worth mentioning that 13 % of you used another DB than the ones mentioned.

Panaflex suggested a new poll about who will win the Paris-Roubaix. That one has now started and will run until the start of the race. If you have any poll suggestions feel free to use our forum :)

German 2007 DB released
The 2007 databases simply keep on coming. Earlier this week, the German forum member Schütz (very German name, indeed :P) released the first version of his 2007 DB, Schütz DB 2007. It includes the basic stuff like the teams and names of 2007, but it does also include a new 2007 racing calendar, new 2007 photos of the riders and new season goals for the teams.

Read more and download it by clicking here!

World Championship in PCM2 still needs registrants
It seems like Japere's WC in PCM2-project isn't as succesful as it should be. He has now announced that the start will be postponed because of the lack of registrants - so if you're interesting in winning PCM2007, Loki or Winter Challenge (all games made by Cyanide) you can register by clicking the link below.

Go to the registration link - click here.

PCM.daily League gets going again
Our new crew member, SportingNonsence, kickstarted the PCM.daily League again with beating the - until now - undefeated PCM.daily League Champion Chuck. More games have been played after that, and Chuck has also revenged his loss by beating SportingNonsence in Milano - San Remo yesterday.

If you want to play a game yourself and participate in the league, just read the rules and create a topic in our forum. That way you might end up on the top of the standings.

You know it's April Fools' Day when...
NewsApril Fools' Day!

Thanks to SportingNonsense for his great article on the new PCM's "features" and
to me, Panaflex, for providing an appropriate eye-catcher (the covers).

April Fools Day

Johan Museeuw as the cover athlete? Yes, when pigs fly!

Click read more to read the full list of far-fetched figments, ermm I mean features.

The PCM Prediction/Fantasy Season has began!
NewsAnd so it begins!

Less than 2 days ago I posted this topic launching the fantasy season. Taking in all the races in the default database each participant chose a team and 25 riders from several categories, in the hope of picking the best squad.

SportingNonsense, Crommy, Doddy13, Panaflex, SidGarcia, Addy291, Frink_RSA, CrueTrue, Dejacobs and RobbieMcewenFan.
These 10 have chosen their squads and will take part, if you are not one of them you may still enter but be quick, you will not gain any points from races that have taken place before you pick your team, so as to avoid cheating.

The Riders
Inevitably some riders were picked a lot so I have decided to post the full stats of some of the popular riders.
Click here to see the top riders

How to Keep Informed
The best way to keep informed would of course be to regularly check the topic, although I plan to announce the standings before the season begins Le Tour and then again at the end as the official results are announced.

Good Luck!
Weekly News #15
NewsSorry for the delay, but as you have noticed we have been busy with hiring new crew and securing you the very first news on PCM3 ;) PCM2 is still the game we play, though, so here's the weekly news from around the PCM community.

Malware reports
I've noticed that some files are told to be infected with Trojan:Win32. This is a problem which only happens with the free antivirus program, Avast!. I've tested the "infected" files with several other anti virus programs (including Norton, AVG, Kaspersky and another one), and none of them says that the file is infected. Therefore, I've concluded that it is a problem with Avast! - not the files ;)

Site reaches 1000 members
During the last week we finally reached the magical 1000 members. To me, as the site owner, that means a lot and is really motivating. I would like to thank all our members and the crew of the site. I hope the progress will continue, so that we can become even more active than we already are. It is, of course, our ultimate goal to be the best and most active PCM-website on the internet.
Again – thanks a lot! :)

Site improvements
As you know we are constantly evaluating the website, simply because there’s always something which can be done better. This time, we have decided to remove the restrictions on our Articles-section, meaning that non-members now also can read our articles.

Our new British crew-member, SportingNonsence, has already proved to be of much worth. He has created some new icons for our Screenshot section and has also contributed with a couple of new screenshots.

Check them out by clicking “Screenshots” in the menu.

More new background
As you might have noticed we have added three new backgrounds to our download section. One of them is showing pictures of the popular Formula One driver Felipe Massa and it's definitely worth trying if you're a Formula One fan and want to mix your interests ;)

You can get them by clicking "Downloads" -> "Backgrounds"

Shirts package released
It's been a long time underway - actually, ala_blanca announced his project on PCM.daily on the 4th of February – but now it’s here: The Ultimate 2007 Shirts Package. It includes hundreds of new 2007 shirts, including both normal and champion-jerseys. Currently, it’s only a 0.5 version so there’s still a lot of work to do.

Get the pack from our Downloads -> Graphics section.

New fix for PPDB Europe 2006
After the Final Release PlakkerNL still thought he had to fix one thing: The Invitation System. This is what the official descriptions says: "It takes care of the invitationsystem for the 3 Big Tours, your emails are now accepted and the messages that the Tours are closed for subscription are gone.
Also you will now have the exact 2006 wildcards in all Pro Tour races. You can ask for one yourself by simply applying in the calendar-screen, no longer by email.
This new system also eliminates the chance of crashes in the 6th or 7th year, where the original Cya-system becomes very vulnarable for crashes"

Get it from our Downloads -> Databases – 2006 section

Vardavagor's Season Planner v1.1
Last week, a German season planner was released. It can be used to keep track of your riders’ condition, so when you have typed in the details your entire season is planned ;) The program is in English and can also be used to change the racing schedules of your riders.

You can download it from our Downloads -> Misc.-section

Forum initiatives
Since we opened a forum for stories some of our members have decided to tell you about what’s going on in their careers. For example, you can read about Red Bull’s investment in the cycling scene (written by SportingNonsense) or Crommy’s 2012-team Cycling24. They are both really exciting and can be read in our Stories-section: http://www.pcmdaily.com/forum/viewforum.php?forum_id=18

Two prediction games have also been started. The first one is started by doddy13 and is based on the real world of cycling. You have to predict the top three of the Pro Tour-races and will be given points according to your prediction (compared to the real results).
Read more here: http://www.pcmdaily.com/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=11&thread_id=202

The other one is made by our own SportingNonsence. That one, however, is based on Pro Cycling Manager results. Except from that the concept is pretty much the same as doddy13’s. You can read more here:


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