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General Forum / Re: Season 17
« on: Today at 11:37:43 AM »
At almost 900 points behind 30th, my Binck-Bank TTers need to start clawing back some points.

341 Markus Benett   24
342 Christian Pocock   24
343 Tod Henderson   24
344 Kirk Workman   29
345 Richard Levin   35

There's expected to be one change for Espana, with Dean Shields coming in for Tod Henderson.

General / Re: WCS 2021
« on: Today at 09:27:44 AM »
Maybe this fact is of influence ; the Olympic roadrace starts just 6 days after the TdF finishes.
For me, this is something to consider in the final choices of the 15 picks.
I don't know why any of them would think they can do both, or at least both well, and particularly given that some did the Giro too.  And for those wanting "race legs," surely a shorter race would do fine.

If I was a team manager, I'd be saying no to having those seeing Olympic glory in the TdF, of course money comes into it (TdF paying teams based on who starts the race).

General / Re: WCS 2021
« on: June 22, 2021, 11:04:22 PM »
Hopefully I'm getting all of my withdraws out of the way before the race.

Suggestions / Re: Transfer List
« on: June 20, 2021, 12:00:10 PM »
Well you'd expect new players to ask the manager they've selected to be their helper these questions, but they don't (I've found that I've normally initiated conversation & they don't).

NT Teams / Re: AUSTRALIA S17: The best nation of CFF
« on: June 20, 2021, 01:45:06 AM »
With Greg Steele sacked overnight, my two most expensive 19-year-old purchases this season $8.7mill & $5.5mill have now gone to work in a factory, and my equal third most expensive is hanging by a thread.

NT Teams / Re: AUSTRALIA S17: The best nation of CFF
« on: June 19, 2021, 11:56:22 AM »
Have you made a mistake on your formula, because I notice your table of Top TT Hills at the start of the season seems less hilly than this calculation which is a flat-TT with some hill.

General Forum / Re: Guess who will win season 17
« on: June 18, 2021, 10:49:16 PM »
I just love the fact that my 35 yo TTer has been predicted.  I wonder how many 35-year-olds are still gold rated.

General Forum / Re: For Sale
« on: June 16, 2021, 06:42:28 AM »
Future sale, several currently 19-20 yo TT-climbers (possibly early next season before they're formally for sale - TT skill still being trained) with 4 talent, so if you're going to train climbs next season, you may be able to pick up future race winners.

General Forum / Re: Training records
« on: June 13, 2021, 02:21:23 PM »
I noticed this 10 star 22 yo flat-climber on the TL

Suggestions / Re: [English] - Suggestions
« on: June 12, 2021, 07:42:44 AM »
Suggestion to help new teams:

Let's be honest, the team new players start with is throwaway material, and doubly so if they don't begin at the start of the season.  So my selection is to replace three of the 19-year-olds with 7-star 25-year-olds.  Seven stars won't trouble any proper teams, they won't affect the NTs, even if they end up at 8 stars before 30 years of age.  But importantly, it gives new players something to actually race with.  I know you're saying "free transfer list," but most make poor selections there simply because anything's better than 19-year-old nothing.

I'd propose these 7-star cyclists be a random three from the major disciplines of:
Pure Climber
Flat TTer

General Forum / Re: Season 17
« on: June 12, 2021, 01:22:09 AM »
My Dauphiné team is almost the same as my Giro team, just Christian coming in for Kirk Workman (who failed to win), & 19 yo Alex who comes in for the 20 yo points scoring Eric Armstrong (30th, but hey it still counts).

301 Alex Trautemberg   19
302 Kirk Clinton   24
303 Christian Pocock   24
304 Nobby Licuria   24
305 Tod Henderson   24

General Forum / Re: The Combuijs Capers
« on: June 11, 2021, 11:23:00 PM »
I'll arm wrestle you for the bubble.

Suggestions / Re: Transfer List
« on: June 11, 2021, 11:17:50 PM »
There isn't a shortage of cyclists in CFF, nobody struggles to get enough cyclists for their team.  There's a shortage of cyclists that teams who won't train their own want, that is top cyclists, they want people who spend a year training their own cyclists to give them up, or to hinder those who train their own so their brought cyclists will beat them, there's a difference.

Suggestions / Re: [English] - Suggestions
« on: June 10, 2021, 11:13:07 PM »
Here's a simple question on the variable age decline proposal.  The current decline rate is because it’s seen as against the game’s interests to have competitive cyclists into their 40s.  The game even lists a 35 & 37 yo getting 1st Div points as significant achievements, with no further achievements beyond this.  As such, it’s always been the game’s design to have cyclists retire in their early 30s so players have to keep evolving with new cyclists.  Is this no longer the desired life cycle rate?

If it’s desired to have cyclists lasting to later &/or having a more steady peak period, then there’s a fairer way to do it.  Simply alter the decay rate.  Changing the decline ages 27-30 to 0.0075 puts a little pressure to curb an improvement, or stop it for zero talent, then 31 at 0.01, 32 at 0.0125, 33 at 0.015, 34 at 0.0175, 35 at 0.2 means that those on low talent or mismanaged will drop quickly, yet those who properly manage their cyclist can keep going.  And this would be an absolutely fairer way than some blind luck screw somebody over through no mismanagement in favour of somebody who’s abused their cyclists but is lucky on a blind stat.  And this is particularly cruel for anybody who’d trained their talent/s from age 19 to be done over for somebody who just buys at older ages and doesn’t bother managing their cyclists wellbeing.

And with the variable season to season talent.  A manager training cyclists from age 19 has to sit through at least 5 seasons, and as many as 6 or 7 before their cyclists are able to be competitive.  This is around a year in RL time.  Can anybody tell me how it’s reasonable that somebody can do everything right, get the right cyclists, take the time to train properly, only to have the cyclists collapse to worthless through mere season to season random?  A cyclist with talent 5 or 4 can be, and quite possibly be put into 2-0 talent worthless status within 2-3 seasons, yet alone 5-7 seasons, with the manager who does everything right possibly finding on average (or even more) 2/3rds of their cyclists junked this way, in addition to those naturally junked on initial low talent.  What boundaries are in place to prevent this?
Maybe go through 5-7 seasons to end up with nothing through no fault of their own.  Why would somebody train cyclists from 19 years in such a situation? 

In my opinion is quite the opposite.
Anyone that wants to learn how to compute the talent can learn in 30 minutes. Is VERY basic maths. So, computing the talent is not the problem if you are really interested
Absolutely.  And if these people claim to want it easier on new managers, then how about their per stage excel data & formula calculations, which is a vastly more complex area where the true difference between new & experienced managers lie.

Suggestions / Re: [English] - Suggestions
« on: June 07, 2021, 11:54:32 AM »
What do you mean by the bold?
What I mean is that there are people, including in the "chat" group, who've calculated every stage, prime tactics for stages, AVs for every stage, and a bunch of other excel stuff on stages.  They were also the ones who'd been using the spider-web for calculations before it got removed.

And they're suggesting to those who take 5-6 seasons (close to a year) to build up a group of cyclists that "no, it's too much formula for us."

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