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The CYKOM Pro Cycling Quiz is a great idea, but unless you're a super nerd in all things cycling, it's a very challenging game to play. The build quality and gameplay also leave a bit to be desired, for the price point.
The idea of this quiz game really excited me. As a cycling nerd, I love watching bike races throughout the year, and not just the big ones like the Tour de France, so I thought this game would be perfect for someone like me – and that I'd be able to answer most of the questions. However, I didn't really consider the fact that this game has somewhere in the region of 1,500 individual questions, and these can't all be 'What bike did Tadej Pogacar win his first Tour de France on?'...
The aim of the game is to make your way around the board, which is laid out like the race calendar, starting with Strade Bianche and ending with Il Lombardia. To move your piece, you must correctly answer the quiz questions asked of you; you score points and move around the board.
The gameplay is not very tactical – it's purely down to knowledge. The only additions to the gameplay are three 'power ups', which can be used to gain an advantage: Sticky Bottle, Elbow and Wheelsucker. They allow you to benefit from the other people playing, or get a little advantage, but can't really be classed as in-depth tactics.
Starting the game is quite humorous, with the first player to go being the one 'with the biggest thighs', so it was funny to read that in the instructions.
Once we started playing, the level of questions quickly become apparent, ranging from reasonably challenging to incredibly obscure, with little to no chance of anyone other than a die-hard fan being able to answer.
To give you an idea of the variety of questions, one was 'Which French bike brand sponsor bikes for the Groupama-FDJ team?', while another was 'In which year did Danish rider Rolf Sørensen win the Tour of Flanders?' – and others such as 'Who got second place...?' in a particular race.
As the game has only just been released, it is the most up to date that it's ever going to be, which begs the question as to how relatable the questions are going to be in five or so years... a dilemma faced by all quiz games, though, I suppose.
The instructions say that a game should last around 30-60 minutes, but after an hour of gameplay we were less than halfway around the board, and had resorted to tweaking the rules slightly, so as to try to actually be able to score points and keep the game progressing.
It's hard to work out who this game is really aimed at, as I think the majority of cycling fans would really struggle with the questions. I'd guess only the top one per cent of cycling fans would be able to answer enough to actually make it around the board without giving up. It's also worth pointing out that even if you're a cycling mega fan, you'll also need at least one mega fan to play against.
What was also slightly disappointing was the quality of the player pieces, which are made out of cheap feeling plastic. Having played the quiz with some friends who are well versed in the board game world, they said the pieces feel like those from games costing less than half the price of the CYKOM game.
Another area that became a bit of an issue was the size of the font on the question cards. As someone with great eyesight and no need for glasses, I didn't have a problem, but when playing with older people with poorer eyesight, they really struggled to read the questions on the cards, especially without perfect lighting.
Overall, I love the idea of a cycling board game, and as a huge cycling fan I was super excited to play this one. However, the difficulty of the questions and the lack of intricate gameplay felt slightly disappointing. If you and some friends are huge cycling nerds then this could be the game for you, but even keen cycing fans will struggle to answer many questions. That said, it's definitely a good way to up your knowledge.
A great idea, but very challenging questions and slightly underwhelming quality
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road.cc test report
Make and model: CYKOM Pro Cycling Quiz Board Game
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Pro Cycling Quiz is a quiz game for dedicated cycling fans who follow the professional peloton throughout the year. The game is developed by the former professional Danish rider Matti Breschel, who has made quiz questions for 19 different World Tour races. The game is about completing the season first, by using you knowledge about cycling history, results, nicknames, bike manufacturers, race geography etc. During the season, you'll have plenty of opportunities to play dirty tactical tricks on your opponents to get ahead in the bunch.
For 2-6 players from age 16 years, with decent cycling knowledge.
Enjoy the ride
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The game includes:
6 x Player pieces
1620 quiz questions
3 x Tactical tokens per player
6 x pencils and note pads
30 sec hourglass
The board is fine, but the characters and 'power ups' feel a little less refined than you might expect, for the price.
Value is hard for an item like this. Extensive knowledge has gone into designing the questions, but in the more general board game world, there would be an expectation for more tactical gameplay, and better quality pieces.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I enjoyed playing it, although the intricacy of the questions left me stumped many times, so if your cycling knowledge isn't tip top then you may struggle.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I love that it's a game aimed for cyclists.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I struggled with lots of the questions, and I wish there were more tactics involved. The pieces could be better quality, too.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
This game is unique, so hard to compare, but in the board game world, for the money there might be an expectation for more tactical gameplay, and better pieces.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, although it was sometimes frustrating.
Would you consider buying the product? If I had more cycling mad friends then yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they were cycling mad, then yes.
Use this box to explain your overall score
This game is an awesome idea, but the questions can be incredibly difficult and obscure, so a serious prior knowledge is recommended. If you and your friends have seriously deep cycling knowledge you might love it, but I'd say for even those who consider themselves very keen cycling fans, it's a 'pretty good' 6 rather than a 7 or 8.
About the tester
I usually ride: Storck Aerfast My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,