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As the name suggests, The Cycles simulates International Grand Prix Racing, allowing a player to compete against 9 computer rivals. Choose from three classes of bike (125, 250 and 500cc), and between 8 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, France,England and Sweden) and 15 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, Western Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Brazil) original tracks depending on the version, at five difficulty levels (with the lower ones offering automatic gear changes).

The player can enter single races (always including qualifying) or complete in a full season. The action is viewed from the handlebars of your bike, a novelty for motorcycle racing at the time. The game engine is similar to that used by Grand Prix Circuit, but now incorporates hills.


The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Accolade company logo (EGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS At the starting line (CGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Lap - Suzuka Circuit (CGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Title Screen (CGA)

Promo Images

The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Grand Prix Circuit: Cycles" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

An accessible motorbike game with a novel camera view Roedie (5247) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A clean but unbalanced racing sim. Trixter (9115) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Time changes a lot of things but not this game.. Still a great game. MajorDad (535) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Zero Jan, 1990 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Dec, 1989 81 out of 100 81
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele 1990 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1990 773 out of 1000 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1989 3.8 out of 12 32


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There are drums in the Tandy music, but not in the Adlib music. Odd, considering that the Adlib is a much more capable card, and could have easily accommodated percussion in the title music.


A.I. riders like Brad Gourdo, Don Matrini and Kirk Patrick were named after some of the developers.

Information also contributed by Roedie.

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Trixter (9115) added The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing (DOS) on Mar 01, 1999
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