I have not played this game yet, and I don't think I will in the next few weeks :-( but I am quite excited about it and I am rating it before playing it.
What makes this game so exciting for me is that the rules are quite different from the other cycling games, and are vaguely similar to what I have in mind when I talk about the "perfect" cycling game (I mean, at www.cyclingboardgames.net
). Of course, I don't really know if this game really works, or still needs some fine-tuning, but that is not the main point.
On the negative side: The rules are quite long to read, I already warn you, and not always clear if you read them too fast, but this is not a major drawback (hint: keep the "activity display" at hand while you read them and they will be much clearer). The game is supposed to be for kids aged 8 and up (I would rather say 12 minimum!) and last 60 minutes (maybe, but only if you know the rules well... It took me more than 60 minutes to read them).
On the positive side: Many things. One of the most important: there is no randomness involved in the game (no dice or card drawing), which will appeal to hardcore gamers. Another unusual rule: no individual movement of the riders along the track, so you can play with a big peloton without wasting precious time moving riders.
Enough said so far: the game looks really interesting, and it is free to download, so there is no excuse. DO NOT MISS IT!